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Cardinals Open Weak Home Stand Against the Padres

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Cardinals Open Weak Home Stand Against the Padres

The Cardinals open a weak home stand, Tuesday night, against the Padres.  San Diego will be in town for three games, followed by Tampa Bay for another three game set.  It should be a good break in the schedule, for the Redbirds.  After winning eight games in a row, they have dropped five of their last seven.

A Much Needed Home Stand

The Cardinals have done a complete turnaround from last year, on the road.  They were one of the best road teams in baseball last season, boasting a 48-33 record, as the away team.  So far, in 2017, they are 28-34, away from Busch Stadium.  However, they have played much better at home, this year.  The Cards are 35-27, in St. Louis, and they should improve that record, on this home stand.

San Diego Series

San Diego has struggled mightily this season.  They have just 55 wins, to 69 losses, and are ahead of only the Giants, in the National League West.  Unfortunately, for the Cardinals, the two teams have not met this year, despite it already being late August.  This series should get St. Louis back on track, though.

Lance Lynn, who has a 1.65 ERA, since July 1st, will face off against lefty, Clayton Richard, Tuesday night.  Lynn, overall this season, is 10-6, with a 3.05 ERA, and has pitched like an ace, for the last two months.  Richard, like most Padres, has struggled.  He holds a 6-12 record, and a 4.84 ERA, in 2017.

Luke Weaver will get the ball Wednesday night, in place of the injured Adam Wainwright.  He will square off against the Padres’ wins leader, Jhoulys Chacin.  Chacin is 11-8 on the year, with a 3.98 ERA.  Weaver has also thrown the ball well, in his limited time at the big league level.  He has thrown 11 1/3 innings, as a starter, and overall has a 1-1 record, and a 3.31 ERA.

The series finale is a game that, again, heavily favors the Cardinals.  Their ace, Carlos Martinez, takes the hill, against the 24-year-old Luis Perdomo.  Perdomo will bring a 6-8 record, and 4.93 ERA, into the game Thursday night.  Martinez is coming off a solid start, against Pittsburgh, in which he went seven innings, allowed three earned runs, and earned his tenth win.  Carlos has struggled for the last month and a half, posting a 4.91 ERA, since the beginning of July.  However, his season numbers are still solid.  He has a 10-9 record and a 3.57 ERA.

Tampa Bay Series

Friday night, St. Louis will welcome in the Tampa Bay Rays, for a three game weekend set.  It is unclear who will start the games against the Rays, though it lines up to be Wacha, Leake, and Lynn.  Wacha and Leake have both struggled lately.  Leake has struggled so much lately that some people think he should be sent to the bullpen, in favor of the younger starters, like Jack Flaherty.  However, no matter who starts, this is another series the Cardinals should take.  Tampa Bay currently sits in fourth place, in the American League East, and holds a record of 61-65.

Reasonable Expectations

If the Cards can build back momentum, against San Diego, they should have no problems from Tampa Bay.  Although, the rotation, the bullpen, and the offense have all been hit or miss, these are two bad teams, that a team competing for a division championship should not have any problems with.  By Sunday night, it is reasonable to expect the Cardinals to have gone 5-1, if not 6-0, on this home stand, and be back to six games over the .500 mark.  The Cubs will also be playing two bad teams, in Cincinnati and Philadelphia.  Because of that, it is hard to say whether or not a 5-1 home stand will gain the Cards any ground, in the NL Central race.  However, they still need to take care of their own business, starting Tuesday night.