Expect Solid Outings & Pick Cardinals -130 Over White Sox

David Lawrence

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:12 AM GMT

Can St. Louis be able to bounce back tonight in Chicago against the White Sox, who have been one of the most disappointing teams in baseball this season. let's review the MLB odds for this matchup.

The St. Louis Cardinals are the team with the best record in Major League Baseball. However, they lost an 18-inning game at home to the New York Mets, not too many years after losing a 20-inning game at home to the Mets. Odd losses are a part of the game. The key, though, for St. Louis is to be able to bounce back on Tuesday night in Chicago against the White Sox, who have been one of the most disappointing teams in baseball this season.

 

Momentum
The White Sox have momentum… downward momentum. Chicago’s American League team added Jeff Samardzija, Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, and David Robertson (among others) to this year’s roster, and looked like a club that was ready to contend again after a few seasons of dismal performances. However, nothing’s worked out for the Pale Hose. They lost a weekend series to the Kansas City Royals to start the second half of the season. Their offense has been punchless, and so on nights when Chris Sale hasn’t pitched, they are often at an extreme disadvantage. On nights when Sale does pitch, they still have problems winning consistently. This is a team in a dreary situation with no real hope of escape. Some of the big pieces the team acquired are probably going to be traded in the next week and a half.

The Cardinals lost a series at home to the White Sox a month ago, but they have generally shrugged off that stumble. St. Louis won its first series in the second half of the season against the New York Mets. The Cardinals lost that 18-inning game on Sunday, but what will help them recover for this game on Tuesday is the fact that they had an off day on Monday. It could not have come at a better time. The Cardinals were also resting multiple starters in that game, so they used up a lot of their backups and have starting position players fresh and ready to go, minus catcher Yadier Molina, the one man who might not be in great shape for this game.

 

Pitching Matchup
With Michael Wacha on the hill, the Cardinals have someone who wobbles occasionally, but is generally very solid for them. Wacha has a 2.93 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP, both well above average numbers for a starting pitcher in the National League. Wacha strikes people out, too – he has struck out at least five hitters in nine of his last 10 starts. He gets hitters to swing and miss because his stuff is so electric. However, in half of his last four starts, teams have been able to get to him. The Phillies scored five runs on him on June 21, and the Cubs scored five against him on July 8. Wacha is fresh, though, since this is his first start after the All-Star break. That’s important.

The White Sox go with Carlos Rodon, a highly talented 22-year-old who is seen as the ace of the future. Rodon has a 3.80 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. In three of his last five starts, he’s given up at least four runs, so it’s clear he’s still on a learning curve. However, he does show how good he can be at times. In his most recent start, he threw six shutout innings against the Cubs, on only two hits. The Cubs did not get good swings against him. He has a lot of upside.

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What’s The Pick?
It’s possible that St. Louis will still be weary from the 18-inning game but after a day off on Monday, it’s likely that unique loss is behind them. St. Louis also has a fresh-armed starter, who has been off since July 8th. We should see a solid outing from him, so roll with the Cards.

MLB Pick: Cardinals -130 at Bet365