Tyler Lyons (0-0, 4.82 ERA) and David Price (3-1, 3.30 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (24-11) and the Detroit Tigers (22-14) at Busch Stadium. The Tigers won the last game 10-4 and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 16 and can be seen on FSN-DET and FSN-MW.
Lyons pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Pirates. Matt Carpenter (.328, 27 Rs, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Price went 6.1 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned) and striking out one in a 6-5 defeat to the Royals in his most recent start. Miguel Cabrera (.338, 22 Rs, 9 HRs, 28 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Detroit takes on St. Louis as a -122 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Cardinals have an overall money line of +1,130 and a record as the underdog of 5-5. In interleague play, they have a 1-1 record when they were the underdog and 2-2 SU. The Cardinals have seen a decline in scoring against teams in the AL, averaging 3.5 runs per game. They average 4.5 runs per game on the season. St. Louis's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.5 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Cardinals, who have a team ERA of only 2.69.
Over in the other dugout, Detroit is coming in with an overall money line of +628 and an impressive record of 15-9 as the favorite. Detroit is 3-1 SU against teams in the NL. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the AL with 9.3 hits per road game. The Tigers are an excellent base stealing team with 30 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB. The Tigers allow 4.0 runs per game, but does better whenever an NL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 2.2 against teams from the NL.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Cardinals have a 4-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Price takes the mound. Lyons (LHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a very good 6-3 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
When they lead after 7 innings, both St. Louis and Detroit have an 11-4 record.
The Cardinals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Tigers have a record of 1-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 1-10. The Cardinals have a 6-5 record when opponents outhit them.
St. Louis ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 27 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 14th with 33.
Both St. Louis and Detroit are tied at second in hits, notching 9.24 per game.
Ranking ninth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.732). Detroit ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .783.
When the Tigers allow at least one home run, they are 7-9. When the Cardinals allow one or more homers, they have a 9-7 record.