Detroit Tigers (21-14) vs St. Louis Cardinals (24-10) – 8:15 PM ET
Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO
TV: FSD and MLB Network
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 74 degrees, light rain
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The Detroit Tigers will look to continue their winning ways on the road versus the team many deem the best in baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost just one series all season long.
When We Last Met
The Tigers and Cardinals have not met in a meaningful game since June of 2012, which is sad because these two clubs are natural interleague rivals. Detroit and St. Louis are two of the most historic and traditional ball clubs in the league.
The two teams faced each other in a total of three World Series in 1934, 1968 and 2006. The Tigers won in a classic seven-game series in 1968, but the Cardinals won the other two.
Shane Greene will be on the mound for the Tigers. It has been an up-and-down season for the 26 year old this year.
He didn’t allow an earned run until his 24th inning of the year, but over the next 11 innings in his next three starts, he yielded 20 runs. Greene got back on track in his last outing, pitching eight innings and allowing just one run on four hits against the Kansas City Royals.
He is 3-2 with a 4.71 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 42 innings this season.
The 23 year old right-hander Carlos Martinez will take the mound for the Cardinals. He has been alright this season, going 3-1 with a 4.89 ERA, but he has been awful in his last two outings.
In those starts, he pitched nine combined innings and allowed 14 runs on 16 hits. Martinez also walked eight batters in those nine frames.
- Bruce Rondon — 15-day DL
- Alex Avila — 15-day DL
- Justin Verlander — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season