Aaron Civale (3-3, 3.15 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (2-0, 2.88 ERA)
The Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals will tangle in the series finale of this three-game bout. The Indians will be looking for a sweep on Sunday following a 14-2 and 2-1 win. Cleveland got just barely enough offense on Saturday, but all that was required was 2 runs with Carlos Carrasco on the hill.
Carrasco was on fire, as he went 6 innings with only 2 hits conceded. The Cardinals failed to score a run against Carrasco. They managed to get on the scoreboard in the 7th to tie the ballgame up and force extra innings. However, a run in the top of the 12th was the clincher for the Tribe.
The Indians didn’t need 14 runs on Friday night, but they did it anyway, as they routed the Cardinals for a 14-2 win. They got to Daniel Poncedeleon early with 4 earned runs in less than an inning. Poncedeleon was chased out of the game after having recorded just 2 outs. That set the tone for the rest of the game, and the Cardinals were never able to recover.
This has been a crazy season for the Cardinals. They’ve played only 14 games thus far because of the coronavirus outbreak on their roster. The Cards have plenty of games to make up down the stretch. In any event, the NL Central is still wide open with the Reds, Cards, Brewers, and Cubs all in the mix.
The Cubs currently own a 3.5-game advantage on the Brewers and Cards. Adam Wainwright will be counted on to get the Cardinals back on track Sunday. There was nothing that Jack Flaherty could do yesterday with no run support from his teammates.
The offense will have to be much better in this contest. The Indians will counter with Aaron Civale, who is one member of a talented rotation in Cleveland. Head below for our free Cleveland Indians vs. St. Louis Cardinals pick for August 30, 2020.
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The strength of the Indians is the depth in their starting rotation. Shane Bieber, Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco, and Adam Plutko are all very reliable starters. Even Triston McKenzie has the potential to add a ton of value to the Cleveland rotation. I didn’t even mention Aaron Civale in that group, who will be scheduled to get the starting nod against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Sunday.
Civale goes into Sunday with a strong ERA of 3.15 and 1.03 WHIP. He’s picking up from where he left off as a rookie in 2019. Civale made ten starts for the Indians and handled things well in his first major league action. He posted an ERA of 2.34 and 1.04 WHIP through 57.2 innings.
His efficiency on the hill has carried over into 2020, where Civale made the Opening Day rotation for the first time in his career. The 25-year-old will get a struggling St. Louis on Sunday at Busch Stadium. The Cards are 29th in the majors with 3.88 runs per game. Texas is the only team that has been worse than them offensively. They’ve scored 3 or fewer runs in four straight games, and 2 or fewer in three straight.
The Indians haven’t been too much better offensively. They’ve been inconsistent in that regard, and could have much more than a one-game lead in the AL Central if they had a reliable offense. Cleveland is 23rd in the majors with 4.24 runs per game. Adam Wainwright is coming off his worst performance of the season, but his overall body of work has been positive.
Wainwright enters Sunday with a 2.88 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. In the best form we’ve seen from Wainwright since 2015, he’s held batters to a .198 batting average through 25 innings. He was tagged for more than 2 earned runs for the first time this season in his most recent outing.
Wainwright completed 7 innings, with 7 hits and 4 earned runs allowed versus the Royals. I can see him bouncing back into his earlier form, where Wainwright gave up 2 or fewer runs in his first three starts. In what should be a low-scoring contest, the UNDER is worthy of some consideration on Sunday afternoon.