Luke Weaver (0-1, 5.00 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (67-59) go up against Ross Detwiler (1-2, 5.91 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (55-72) in the first of a three-game interleague series at Busch Stadium. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26 and will air on CSCA and FSMW.
In his most recent outing, Weaver pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out six in a 4-2 loss to the Phillies. Brandon Moss (.267, 56 Rs, 25 HRs, 60 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. The Athletics were also unsuccessful the last time Detwiler pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.0 innings, giving up six runs, striking out two and walking one in a 6-2 loss to the White Sox. Khris Davis (.259, 67 Rs, 33 HRs, 82 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one run.
St. Louis, a -172 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Oakland. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Cardinals have a 46-38 record and overall money line at -32. They have not performed well against the American League, earning a SU record of 7-10 and a 2-8 record when they were the favorite. The Cardinals have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. The Cardinals rank fifth in the NL in hits with 8.9 per game. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking fourth in the NL with an average of only 7.3 strikeouts per home game. As for the pitching staff, the Cardinals don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking fourth in the NL with only 2.8 walks allowed per game.
Switching gears, the Athletics come into this game with a win percentage of .425 when playing as the underdog (37-50) and an overall money line of -1,295. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 2-7 record when playing as the underdog and a SU record of 3-7.
This game will feature Detwiler (LHP) on the mound against the Cardinals, who have a 17-21 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the right-hander Weaver. They sport a 42-51 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
St. Louis recorded at least two errors for the 18th time this season.
The Cardinals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are coming in with an 18-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 13-58. The Cardinals have a 14-52 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Oakland has hit 138 this season. St. Louis ranks second with 181 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.52 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 8.92.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.707). St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .783.
The Athletics are 27-59 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 35-39 when they allow at least one homer.