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Cardinals vs. Red Sox Series Preview

MLB Point Spreads

The St. Louis Cardinals enter this brief two-game stop in Beantown red hot having rattled off wins in eight of their last nine games to propel themselves right back into the thick of the NL Central race. The Boston Red Sox just secured a huge series win in the Bronx to take a commanding lead atop the AL East standings entering the 20th week of the season.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox
Dates: Tuesday, August 15 – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Location: Fenway Park

The Redbirds saw their eight-game win streak go by the boards on Sunday when they dropped a 6-3 decision to Atlanta which prevented them from busting the brooms out on a second straight opponent. They’ll head to Fenway Park looking to drastically improve upon a 26-30 road record ( -$ 427 ) that could ultimately keep Mike Matheny’s squad out of the playoffs for a second straight season.

Off that major letdown game with Cleveland after storming back late to steal the series finale from the Yankees on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, the Red Sox will look to regroup quickly with a red hot and revenge minded St. Louis squad paying Boston a visit for the first time since 2013. Boston swept the two games these clubs played at Busch Stadium back in mid-May to move to 6-2 in the team’s last eight overall meetings.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( Local )

Mike Leake vs. Rick Porcello

Leake has alternated quality efforts each of the last five times he’s taken to the starting bump. Last time out, it was a non-quality start at home against the Kansas City Royals who knocked him around for 11 hits and five runs ( 4 ER ) through five innings. The outing marked the fifth time in the last seven that the righty failed to make it through the fifth inning. The veteran stands 4-4 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.26 WHIP through 10 road starts with the under cashing in eight of those contests. He tossed seven innings of 2 ER ball at home against the Red Sox back on May 17.

Though Porcello has managed to toss quality efforts in six of his last nine starts, he’s still getting hit hard. The righty has conceded a home run in all but two of his last 10 starts, and will enter start No. 25 the owner of an unsightly 1.7 HR/9 average; the highest mark of his nine-year career. He has however led Boston to wins in each of his last two starts, and been pretty decent over that stretch in allowing 11 hits and compiling a 13:4 K/BB ratio over 11.1 combined innings. He’s 4-8 with a 5.24 ERA at home to date, and took a no-decision against the Redbirds in this exact pitching matchup in May after tossing six innings of 4 ER ball.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( Local )

Lance Lynn vs. Eduardo Rodriguez

Lynn will be out to lead the Cardinals to a win for the fifth straight time when he takes the bump for the 25th time in the series finale. The righty has been a fantastic story this season bouncing back from Tommy John surgery, and is one of the main reasons why St. Louis ranks out with the fifth best team ERA in the league. He’s 10-6 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, and has put forth a quality performance each of the last seven times he toed the rubber. Though he owns a 3.56 ERA away from Busch Stadium, St. Louis has only managed to win six of his 13 road starts. He’s 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 0.69 WHIP through two career starts against the BoSox.

E-Rod’s first three starts since returning from the DL were a bit rocky, but the southpaw has been up to his old tricks since the calendar turned to August. In his last two starts, he limited the Yankees and White Sox to a grand total of six hits and 2 ER with a K/BB ratio of 12:4. He shut New York out through six innings and left with the lead in his most recent start, but the bullpen failed to hold the lead which prevented him from tallying his fifth win of the season. Rodriguez has done his finest work in Fenway where he’s the owner of a 3.31 ERA and .246 BAA through 32.2 innings of work. He beat the Cardinals in St. Louis earlier this season by tossing six innings of 3 ER ball.