St. Louis native Matt Vierling is set to start in centerfield for the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals. Phillies manager Rob Thomson disclosed the decision to assembled media during Thursday’s team workout at Busch Stadium.
The righty has a career .307 average against left handed pitching with two home runs, two triples, and nine doubles. Cardinals game one stater Jose Quintana is —wait for it— a left handed pitcher.
Vierling has Quintana “in his book.” The 26-year old is 1-for-2 with a single against the Cardinals’ lefty.