Adam Wainwright did his best vintage Wainwright impersonation Monday against the San Francisco Giants. He was the MVP of the day, leading the Cardinals to a 3-1 win over the Giants. They didn’t much offense with Wainwright dealing. He went seven innings, having allowed just 4 hits and no runs. The Giants didn’t get on the board until the 8th inning.
However, the bullpen was able to lock things down and not allow the Giants to score any more than that. Kolten Wong, Paul Goldschmidt, and Paul DeJong all contributed with RBI’s for the Cardinals. The Cardinals are making it tough on the Cubs in the NL Central. Milwaukee seem to be all but out of the picture now, while the Cubs are hanging around.
Although, the Cubs haven’t been getting any closer lately. They have been remaining in the same spot at three games behind the Cardinals. The Cardinals were the No. 3 team in the division until after the All-Star Game. A race between the Cubs and Brewers has turned into the Cubs and Cardinals. Milwaukee still has the second option to get into the postseason. They can earn a wildcard, but those chances are getting slimmer as well. San Francisco are well out of the picture in an eight-game hole for the final wildcard.
It seems as soon as the Giants didn’t trade Madison Bumgarner and made it known that they were going to take a shot at the postseason, the team has regressed outside of the picture. They were a few games back at that point. Dereck Rodriguez is expected to get the nod for the Giants, while Jack Flaherty will settle in for the Cards. Head below for our free Giants vs. Cardinals pick.
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Jack Flaherty has been fire for the Cardinals recently and will look to keep his hot stroke going against the Giants on Tuesday. He had a breakout campaign right out of the gate as a rookie last season, and his production levels have remained just as strong. Flaherty posted an ERA of 3.34 in 28 starts.
He’s a forgotten starting pitcher who doesn’t get much recognition, but certainly has helped the Cardinals on their way to the top of the NL Central. There are a lot of good pitchers out there, so Flaherty gets kind of passed over. And in that sense, Flaherty is one of the more underrated hurlers you will find in the majors.
Flaherty enters with an overall ERA of 3.31 and 1.08 WHIP, so he’s on pace to slightly finish better than last season. As the Cardinals storm towards the postseason, this season looks to be much more important, though. He’s had to deal with more pressure spots in 2019 than last season.
Flaherty has posted an ERA of 1.59 and 0.94 WHIP in his last three trips to the hill. In his last ten outings, Flaherty hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in a start. He’s been especially hot at home this season, where he owns a 2.67 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in 77.2 innings. The Giants are hitting .250 against Flaherty in 32 at-bats. Flaherty is in a groove, so expect him to look good on Tuesday. Conversely, Dereck Rodriguez has not been so hot.
Rodriguez will be seeking relief against the Cards in St. Louis tonight. He has gotten hammered in his most recent showings, as Rodriguez has allowed 11 earned runs in his previous 9 innings on the bump. He holds a 6.19 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in his last three games.
The Cardinals are likely looking at another 2-run win or more Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. San Francisco has looked awfully disinterested recently with losses in six of their last seven games. Expect more of the same from the Giants in this one.