Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Lance Lynn (5-4, 2.84 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (51-24) meet Chris Sale (6-4, 3.02 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (32-42) in the first of a two-game series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals enter this series looking to continue a six-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 30 and will air on WPWR and FSN-MW.
In his most recent outing, Lynn pitched 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out six and walking four in a 5-1 victory over the Marlins. Jhonny Peralta (.303, 34 Rs, 11 HRs, 40 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season Sunday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The White Sox were unsuccessful the last time Sale pitched. He struggled, going, going 6.2 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out 10 and walking one in a 6-1 loss to the Twins. Avisail Garcia (.270, 30 Rs, 7 HRs, 29 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 3 Sunday with two RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at six runs. The Cardinals have an SU record of 8-7 against the American League. The most recent 10-game stretch for the Cardinals has gone great. Over that span, St. Louis is averaging 5.5 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.1. The Cardinals are a stellar hitting team with 9.0 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL. As for the pitching staff, the Cardinals lead the AL in ERA with a 2.61 team average. The Cardinals don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking second in the NL with only 8.2 hits allowed per game.
Against interleague competitors, the White Sox are 4-6 SU.
This game will feature Sale (LHP) on the mound against the Cardinals, who have a 7-9 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Lynn will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 27-32 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
In their last game, the White Sox lost by a margin of one run. The Cardinals are 16-11 in one-run games. The White Sox have a 14-14 record in close games.
When the White Sox play into extra innings, they have a 6-2 record. The Cardinals are 6-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The White Sox are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Cardinals have a record of 22-6 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 7-33. The Cardinals have a 12-16 record when opponents outhit them.
St. Louis and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. St. Louis sits at 24th with 61 home runs this season and Chicago ranks 28th with 54.
Ranking 12th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.15 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.96.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.651). St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .733.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 17-29. When the Cardinals allow one or more homers, they have a 22-16 record.