The St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers will meet up for an early afternoon game on Wednesday. Detroit pounded St. Louis on Tuesday night, picking up an 8-2 win in the series opener.
All of a sudden the St. Louis Cardinals are really struggling, and injuries to the pitching staff have taken a big toll. St. Louis comes into Wednesday with a record of 36-37 on the season and they have slipped to 4th place in the NL Central.
Detroit has not been a good team all season long, but they have won two straight games. The Tigers have gone just 31-42 this season, and they won’t be a playoff contender as the season moves along.
The Cardinals are the betting favorites at -125 in this matchup with the Tigers on Wednesday. The over/under is set at 9.0 total runs.
Cardinals at Tigers Preview and Betting Pick: Pitching Not There For Cardinals
This has been an extremely disappointing season for the Cardinals, a team that was expected to dominate the National League Central Division. Injuries have really decimated the starting rotation, but the offense has not held up its end of the bargain either.
John Gant is on the mound for St. Louis on Wednesday, and he has gone 4-5 with a 3.50 ERA so far this season. Gant is effectively the ace of the Cardinals rotation at the moment, and St. Louis needs a deep outing from the right hander.
The Cardinals are 23rd overall in total runs scored, and they have one of the worst team batting averages in baseball. St. Louis brought in Nolan Arenado this offseason to solidify the lineup, but this team just can’t figure it out.
Arenado is hitting .267 with 47 RBIs to lead the team in both categories, but he just doesn’t have a ton of help. St. Louis is in danger of falling out of the playoff race completely, and a roster shakeup could be needed.
Cardinals at Tigers Preview and Betting Pick: Tigers Showing Off Trade Assets
Detroit is going to be a seller at the Trade Deadline, and this team has some pieces that will be of interest to contending teams. One of those players, Jonathan Schoop, was one of the heroes in the win on Tuesday night.
Schoop drove in three runs to help lead the Tigers over the Cardinals, and he leads the team with 14 home runs and 37 RBIs. It’s hard to picture him staying in Detroit past the month of July, but the Tigers are enjoying his hot hitting at this time.
Matt Manning starts for Detroit on Wednesday afternoon, and he is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA so far this season. Manning should be a part of the Tigers’ rotation in the future, and he is facing a team that is struggling to score runs.
The Tigers have struggled in nearly every area so far this season, but this team will compete.
Cardinals at Tigers Preview and Betting Pick: St. Louis Picks Up Win
Detroit was able to put up an impressive attack on offense in the series opener, but the Cardinals will have their “ace” on the mound in this game. The Tigers have not been a great offensive team all season long, and this could be a tough matchup for them.
St. Louis just has too much talent on its roster to continue to struggle, but this team just can’t seem to figure things out. The Cardinals will need a great start from Gant on Wednesday afternoon and that is exactly what they will get.
This has not been a good stretch of baseball for St. Louis, but the Cardinals will find a way to get a win on Wednesday. Take the Cardinals -125 as they get just enough offense in this game.