Matt Holliday provided the only offense for the Cardinals on
Tuesday with his fourth homer of the season. Tampa Bay has stranded
63 baserunners over the last seven games and is 5-for-75 with
runners in scoring position in 10 contests this month. James Loney
is one of the only players hitting consistently for the Rays, going
6-for-18 over the last five games.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), Sun Sports (Tampa Bay)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (4-4, 2.61 ERA) vs.
Rays LH Erik Bedard (3-4, 3.61)
Wacha allowed three runs over six innings in a loss at Kansas City
last Thursday - the 13th time in 13 games he has given up fewer than
four. The Iowa native, who was the 19th pick in the 2012 draft, is
0-4 with a 2.86 ERA on the road this season. Wacha, who will be
facing Tampa Bay for the first time, has yielded only 66 hits and
struck out 76 in 79 1/3 innings.
Bedard is the only Rays starter with a win in the last 23 games as
he yielded four hits in six scoreless innings with a season-high
eight strikeouts Friday versus Seattle. The Canadian has allowed
fewer than two earned runs in six of 10 outings. Yadier Molina
(6-for-11) and Allen Craig (5-for-12) each have homered twice
against Bedard, who is 2-3 with a 5.60 ERA in five career starts
against St. Louis.
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1. The Cardinals have hit a National League-low 36 homers and are
led by SS Jhonny Peralta’s 10.
2. Tampa Bay rookie OF Kevin Kiermaier has recorded at least two
hits in three of his last six games to raise his batting average to
3. St. Louis OF Jon Jay is 7-for-19 during his six-game hitting
PREDICTION: Cardinals 7, Rays 3
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