Jaime Garcia (10-9, 4.37 ERA) and Andrew Triggs (0-1, 4.38 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (68-60) and the Oakland Athletics (56-73) at Busch Stadium. The Athletics won the last game 3-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 28 and can be seen on CSCA and FSMW.
Garcia pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out six and walking one in a 7-4 defeat to the Mets. Triggs went 6.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking one in a 1-0 defeat to the Indians in his last outing. Khris Davis (.257, 68 Rs, 33 HRs, 83 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when St. Louis, a substantial -200 favorite, takes on Oakland. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. The Cardinals have an overall money line of -97 and a record as the favorite of 47-39. In interleague play, they have had a discouraging season, earning 3-8 and 8-10 records as the favorite and SU, respectively. The Cardinals have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in offense with 5.0 runs per game. The Cardinals are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with an impressive 8.9 per game. St. Louis's batters do not strike out very often, with only 8.0 per game. As for the pitchers, the Cardinals are the fourth-best team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.8 walks per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 37-51 record and an overall money line of -1,395. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 2-7 record and a 3-7 record SU. The Athletics allow 4.7 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 3.2 runs per game during that span.
The Cardinals have a 50-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Triggs takes the mound. Garcia (LHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 13-21 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Athletics won by a margin of one run. The Cardinals are 18-19 in one-run games. The Athletics have a 20-20 record in close games.
The Cardinals managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are coming in with an 11-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 14-59. The Cardinals have a 14-52 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Oakland has hit 139 this season. St. Louis ranks third with 183 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.49 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 8.91.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.704). St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .780.
The Athletics are 28-60 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 36-39 when they allow at least one homer.