The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox meet Saturday in MLB action at Fenway Park. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The St. Louis Cardinals have scored 18 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 8 of their last 9 games. The Cardinals have lost 6 of their last 10 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 48 hits and 20 RBI, while Nolan Arenado and Willson Contreras have combined for 73 hits and 39 RBI. Steven Matz gets the ball, and he is 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Matz is 1-2 with a 5.75 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox have scored 14 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Red Sox have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Alex Verdugo leads the Red Sox with 46 hits and 18 RBI, while Justin Turner and Masataka Yoshida have combined for 77 hits and 38 RBI. Chris Sale gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 6.37 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. This will be Sale’s second career game against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Red Sox are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games. The over is 8-1 in Cardinals last 9 overall. The over is 35-17-1 in Red Sox last 53 overall. The Cardinals are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Boston and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings.
Steven Matz is off to a rough start to the season, and Chris Sale has been a shell of himself as well. Both the Cardinals and Red Sox have been on an offensive tear this week. There's no reason to expect the offense to slow down in this one. Somewhat reasonable total given the numbers. I have to side with the over.