Alex Reyes (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (68-59) meet Zach Neal (2-3, 5.49 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (55-73) in the second of a three-game interleague series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 3-1, and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 27 and will air on CSCA and FSMW.
In his most recent outing, Reyes pitched 2.1 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out four and walking one in a 7-4 loss to the Mets. Brandon Moss (.270, 57 Rs, 25 HRs, 60 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Athletics were also unsuccessful the last time Neal pitched. He struggled, going 4.2 innings, giving up four runs and striking out two in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox.
St. Louis is a heavy -195 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Cardinals have a 46-39 record and overall money line at -197. They come into the game with concerning records of 2-8 as the favorite and 7-10 SU against the AL. The Cardinals come into the game with the third-ranked scoring offense in the 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. Turning to the pitching staff, the Cardinals are fourth in the NL in walks allowed with just 2.8 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. Over the past 10 matchups, the team is 3-7 SU and has played poorly as the underdog with a 2-7 record.
The only other game between the two teams went St. Louis's way. This game will feature Neal (RHP) on the mound against the Cardinals, who have a 50-38 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the right-hander Reyes. They sport a 42-51 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 31-24, while Oakland is 19-30.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Athletics are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Cardinals have a 17-2 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 38-13. The Cardinals have a 47-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Oakland has earned 510 this season. St. Louis ranks fourth with 635 runs.
Ranking 29th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 322 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 429.
The Cardinals are 56-38 when they hit at least one home run. The Athletics perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 42-41 record.