In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, Shane Greene (3-2, 4.71 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (21-14) are in St. Louis to square off against Carlos Martinez (3-1, 4.89 ERA) and the Cardinals (24-10). This is the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 15 and can be seen on FSN-DET, FSN-MW and MLB Net.

Martinez pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out seven and walking four in a 7-5 defeat to the Pirates. Matt Carpenter (.322, 26 Rs, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Greene went 8.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out three in a 2-1 defeat to the Royals in his last outing. Miguel Cabrera (.328, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 26 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 3 for 5 yesterday with three runs, two home runs, and five RBIs.

St. Louis is a -145 favorite against Detroit and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Cardinals have recorded an overall money line of +1,172 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 18-5. St. Louis is an impressive 4-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. St. Louis's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.4 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Cardinals, who have a team ERA of only 2.75.

In games where it is the underdog, Detroit has a 6-5 record and an overall money line of +396. Detroit has put in a great performance against teams in the NL, coming in with a nice record SU ({}) and as the underdog (2-1). Offensively, the Tigers have really sputtered in interleague games. They have decreased their season average of 4.2 runs per game by averaging 2.3 in those contests. 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 29 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB. The Tigers allow 4.1 runs per game, but does better whenever an NL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 1.7 against teams from the NL.

The Cardinals have a great 12-1 record at home (19-6 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Greene takes the mound. Martinez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 14-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over


When leading after 7 innings, St. Louis is 11-3, while Detroit is 10-4.

The Cardinals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Tigers have a record of 0-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.

When they are outhit, the Tigers are 1-10. The Cardinals have a 6-4 record when opponents outhit them.

Ranking 23rd in home runs, St. Louis has hit 25 this season. Detroit ranks 17th with 30 home runs.

St. Louis and Detroit both rank in the top five of the league in hits. St. Louis sits at second with 9.30 hits per game and Detroit ranks third with 9.12.

Ranking 10th, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.729). Detroit ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .769.

When the Tigers allow at least one home run, they are 6-9. When the Cardinals allow one or more homers, they have a 9-6 record.