The St. Louis Cardinals put a bow on top of the Chicago Cubs yesterday, as they completed the sweep and clinched a spot in the postseason. With clutch wins by 1-run in each game, the Cardinals won four straight games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The road has been a notorious issue for the for the Cubs, but they’ve typically done well in Wrigleyville. Nevertheless, the Cardinals were able to flip the script and win all four games against the Cubs on the road. It was good to get the Cards an automatic berth into at least the NL Wild Card Game.
They are looking for more, though, and are closing in on more. The Cardinals are three games ahead of the Brewers for the NL Central. They must win four games to get the divisional crown. If they can accomplish that, then it’s irrelevant what the Brewers do. It’s looking pretty good for the Cardinals, who have six games left on their schedule. Four games in six games doesn’t sound too good, but every time the Brewers lose, they get closer to clinching the division.
The Cardinals will be out in the desert for three days before getting Thursday off and then heading to Wrigley for a three-game series against the Cubs. They may very well be celebrating their championship at Wrigley Field. The Cubs had a good case for the NL Central, but have fallen out of favor in the second-half, while the Cards were the team to get hot.
Going into the All-Star Game, the Cards were behind both the Brewers and Cubs. Adam Wainwright will be featured in the desert tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wainwright has been hot, so we’ll see if it continues at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks are scheduled to counter with rookie Alex Young, who can play a big role in Arizona next season. There is a promising rotation quietly developing for the Diamondbacks. Head below for our free Cardinals vs. Diamondbacks pick.
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Adam Wainwright has played a pretty pivotal role for the Cardinals this season. The veteran has been through just about everything in his major league career with the Cardinals. Over a decade after playing a crucial role in downing the Tigers to win the World Series, Wainwright is still helping the Cardinals out. Hopefully it’s another hot run that gets the Cardinals their 11th championship.
Wainwright hasn’t been flustered down the stretch and has seemed to be embracing the pressure. Just like he did as a younger during the 2006 World Series, Wainwright has been playing great during clutch season. In his previous three outings, he’s sported an ERA of 0.45 and 1.05 WHIP. That includes 20 innings of work that Wainwright allowed just 2 runs.
His hot run extends all the way back to August 26th when he gave up just 2 runs against the Brewers. From there, Wainwright hasn’t surrendered more than a run in four straight starts. In three of his previous four outings he’s allowed no runs. That bodes well for Wainwright going into Chase Field against the Diamondbacks.
The D-backs have hit .240 with a home run against Wainwright in 75 -bats. Wainwright doesn’t have great numbers on the road, but in his previous four outings, he hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in any outing. He’s been hot regardless of the setting. With the stakes getting even higher this week, look for Wainwright to continue to come up big for the Cards.
He does have a tough challenge on the road against rookie Alex Young. Young has flown under the radar in the desert. The 26-year-old has been sharp with a 3.27 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. In his last three outings, Young has posted a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings.
Similar to Wainwright, Young has allowed 2 or fewer runs in his previous five games. In four out of five starts, he’s given up 1 or less on the bump. After playing their hearts out at Wrigley, I could see the Cards’ offense sleepwalking a bit on Monday. The value in this contest appears to be on the UNDER. 9 appears to be slightly too high.