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The Detroit Tigers face St. Louis Cardinals in a crucial series as both teams try to make a push for the playoffs. The Tigers have a record of 60-66, while the Cardinals have a record of 63-60 and are only a handful of matches behind in the National League Wild Card standings at the moment. In the upcoming game, both teams are expected to turn to two of the best starting edges in their tournaments, as the Tigers turn to Casey Mize, while the Cardinals turn to Jack Flaherty to start the match.
Tigers hope Mize helps the offense
Tigers have been one of the biggest surprises in MLB this season as they have exceeded a lot this season. One of the reasons for the team’s success has been their pitching staff with Casey Mize leading the group, allowing only 53 runs in 23 starts while throwing 98 strikeouts at a 7.1 pace. The only problem for Mize has been when batsmen make contact, they drive the ball away from him as Mize allows a .463 expected opponent Slugging Percent, resulting in a 5.12 expected ERA.
The hope is that Mize can give a good start on the mound considering that the offense has struggled during the season and has only scored 4.37 runs per game. Match. Jonathan Schoop and Robbie Grossman has combined for 36 home runs, while Miguel Cabrera has 13 home runs and 138 bases in total in a bounce-back season, but the back half of the pitch has fought for the Tigers. Only four active hits in the lineup have 10 home runs or more, while only three hits in the active lineup have an OPS + of 100 or higher with one of the best hits on Tigre, Eric Haase, currently on the injured list.
Cardinals hope Flaherty saves fighting offense
The Cardinals have hovered around the .500 mark all season, but there is plenty of reason for optimism as the team returns Jack Flaherty to the pitch rotation. Flaherty is one of the Cardinals’ best pitchers, having missed most of the season to injury but has proven he can help lead the team to the playoffs, allowing only 29 runs in 13 starts while hitting 80 kind. In addition, Flaherty allows little or no contact in his starts while striking strokes at will with a .229 expected opponent Batting Average and a 26.9 Strikeout Percent.
While the Cardinals’ pitching staff has carried the team this season, the offense has struggled, scoring just 4.09 runs per game. Match. Tyler O’Neill and Nolan Arenado have totaled 45 home runs and 306 bases in total Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong has collected for 35 home runs, but the rest of the lineup has been unhappy this season. Only four active batsmen in the Cardinals lineup have 10 home runs or more this season, while only four batsmen have an OPS + of 100 or higher this season so far.
The Cardinals are 6-1 in their last 7 interleague matches.
The Cardinals are 6-1 in their last 7 interleague games against a team with a losing record.
The Cardinals are 6-1 in their last 7 against American League Central.
The Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games as a favorite.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 interleague games against a right-handed starter.
The Tigers are 31-72 in their last 103 road games against a right-handed starter.
The Tigers are 5-12 in their last 17 interleague road games against a team with a winning record.
Tigers are 2-5 in their last 7 overall.
Tigers are 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog.
The Tigers are 2-6 in their last 8 games after a win.