There is nothing like home sweet home. That’s what the St. Louis Cardinals have to tell themselves after a soul crushing game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon. Up 1-0 in the 9th inning, a wild pitch and then a Russell Wilson single handed the Cardinals brutal loss. I know all about it because I was on the Cardinals. The loss sent the Cards home with two straight sweeps.
They got swept by the Athletics in Oakland in a brief two-game interleague series and then laid down for three straight losses at Dodger Stadium. Jack Flaherty pitched a gem Wednesday, but it didn’t mean anything for the team. They came out of it with a big loss, though the Cubs were quite happy to see another loss for the Cardinals.
With the Cardinals having the day off yesterday, the Cubs took advantage and delivered another blow to the Cards. St. Louis are now 4 games behind the Cubs for 1st in the NL Central. Their next chance to get into the postseason is going to be a wildcard. The Cards are just a half game back of the Brewers, but they did themselves no favors by going 0-5 in their previous five games.
Just play average baseball on the road and the Cardinals would be in the wildcard slot right now. In any case, they’re back home with a chance to beat up on the Pirates. The Pirates are down on their luck, with five straight losses as well.
Unlike the Cardinals, the Pirates are well behind the postseason picture with a record of 48-66. That puts them 14.5 games behind 1st in the division. When you trade for Chris Archer and give up Austin Meadows that can happen. Archer will get the nod for the Pirates in St. Louis this evening. First-year starter, Dakota Hudson, is expected to start for the Cardinals. Get the rest of our writeup and free Pirates vs. Cardinals pick below.
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Looking back at the Chris Archer for Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows trade, it didn’t make much sense then and now the Pirates are paying for their mistake. The Pirates tried to do what the Mets did this season. Acquire a big name arm and make a run at the postseason. Archer didn’t help at all and he continues to struggle in 2019.
Glasnow has been injured for a big chunk of this season, but he was pitching much better than Archer at the time of his injury. And everyone knows how well Meadows has been playing in Tampa in their lineup.
That leaves the Pirates stuck with Archer who has not been performing up to his contract. Archer heads into St. Louis with a below average record of 5.35 and only 3 wins in his portfolio. At least he’s been consistent recently, with an ERA of 5.29 and 1.47 WHIP in his last three outings. His effort on the road has been a huge downer as well.
He’s gotten throttled for a 7.14 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 46.2 innings. Archer has yet to record a win on the road in 2019 and he’s 20 games into the season. The Pirates are just 24-34 on the road this year. Don’t expect his first win as a visitor to come tonight in St. Louis.
The Cardinals’ offense was dreadful on the road during their five-game trip. They scored more than 2 runs on only one occasion. This was after they blasted the Cubs by a score of 8-0. So, I think they got a tad too comfortable after that victory.
After coming down to earth, they should be able to get the bats going against Archer on Friday. Dakota Hudson has been solid for the Cards at home, with an ERA of 3.54 in 56 innings of work. He earned a 4-3 win in his last appearances against Pittsburgh. Fade Archer and consider going with the Cardinals to snap out of their lull tonight.