The St. Louis Cardinals buried the Chicago White Sox last night, blasting them by a score of 14-2 on Tuesday. The night’s festivities included a grand slam belted by Dexter Fowler. The Cards need to get things in motion before the All-Star break hits next week. At least pick up some momentum and head into the break with a bit of confidence.
With a mark of 47-43, the Cards sit 7 games behind the Brewers. Too bad they aren’t in the AL Central, they’d be within reaching distance of the Indians. Unfortunately for the Cards, they are in a division with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. I think the Cardinals will have to hope for both of them to fall into the abyss in the second-half, which is highly unlikely.
The win yesterday was only their 5th in the last 10 games. They need to avoid getting stuck in mediocre play after the break or it’s going to be lights out. There are always one or two teams who catch fire in the second-half, the Cards are hoping it’s them. Perhaps the 14-2 win last night is a springboard and they go on a run.
They will certainly need to get more games like last night out of Dexter Fowler. Fowler has been a major bust for the Cards in 2018, with a putrid batting average of .167 and 5 deep balls. We’ll see if the grand slam gets him going, because his team is going to need it. The White Sox are way out of contending for anything. They enter with a record of 30-61 after falling again last night. Just out of pride alone, I expect them to bring a better effort on Wednesday. Get our free Cardinals vs. White Sox pick below.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago White Sox Pick
Luke Weaver (5-7, 4.92 ERA) vs. Carlos Rodon (1-3, 4.29 ERA)
Luke Weaver had his worst start of the year two outings ago against the Braves. They dinged him for 10 hits and 8 runs in 4.2 innings of work. Weaver responded nicely with a big performance over the San Francisco Giants. The Cards beat the Giants 11-2, with Weaver allowing just 2 hits and 2 runs in 8 innings. Additionally, Weaver didn’t allow a single walk in the contest. Usually after an embarrassing performance, decent pitchers will respond well. Weaver was able to do just that. The White Sox are 24th in the majors with 3.99 runs scored per game. The loss last night was their 6th in a row. Pitching has been atrocious, with an average of 8.3 runs allowed per game during this losing streak.
Carlos Rodon is having an average season yet again for the White Sox. He posted an ERA of 4.04 in 2016, a 4.15 ERA last season, and he’s up to an ERA of 4.29 in 2018. It’s been up for him at home, with an ERA of 2.77. However, he’s only pitched 13 innings, so it’s not best reading too far into it. Rodon was on the DL until June with a bicep injury.
Somehow he escaped against the Astros by allowing just 2 runs in his last outing. He yielded 5 hits and 6 walks across 6 innings of play. That usually results in a disaster, but Rodon was able to work around it. It’d be such a downer for the Cardinals if they fall on their face after such a massive win yesterday. I don’t think they do, though. They aren’t going to have another performance like that, but it should be enough to get another W tonight.