Over the years, we have seen teams build up solid leads in the first half of the season, only to lose it once the second half gets underway. There is a chance that something like that could happen to one of the 6 division leaders, but it does not look as though the St. Louis Cardinals are going to fall prey to such a fate. They will look to keep their amazing season rolling when they welcome in the Chicago White Sox for a pair of interleague games with even MLB odds, starting on Tuesday night.
A Look at the Chicago White Sox at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Spread Preview & TV Info
Time: Tuesday, 8:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis.
National TV: none
Opening line: White Sox -105, Cardinals -105 (6.5)
The media is beginning to run out of superlatives when describing just how good this St. Louis Cardinals (51-24) team is. What makes their record all the more impressive is that they have accumulated the wins in spite of taking some major hits in the injury department. That they continue to win in the face of such adversity is a testament to the depth of talent that exists in this franchise. Their .680 winning percentage is far and away the best in the league, with the Kansas City Royals the only other team to cross the .600 barrier. Their longest losing streak this season is 3 games, and when they do lose, it is usually followed by a hot streak of wins, much like the 6-game winning streak they are on right now. They have posted back to back sweeps, and have to be strong favorites to make it 3 in a row against a less than stellar White Sox squad. Lance Lynn (5-4, 2.84 ERA) will get the start for the Cards on Tuesday night.
The Chicago White Sox (32-42) are heading towards the midway point of the season looking like a beaten and broken team. They are coming off what is perhaps their worst stretch of the season, where they failed to score runs as the losses continued to pile up. Even when they did manage to break out of their hitting slump, they still found ways to lose. In their last series against the Kansas City Royals, Chicago sent home 16 runs in the 3 games, yet still managed to lose 2 of them. They have consistently managed to stay close in the majority of their games, but their inability to get runners home is what has been their undoing in those tight match-ups. They are now 13 games out of first in their division, and there is talk that they might be big sellers once the trade deadline approaches. Chris Sale (6-4, 3.02 ERA) will start for the White Sox, and is the on pitcher on the squad that always gives his team a chance to win.
Key Betting Trends
- Chi White Sox is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
- Chi White Sox is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
- St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of St. Louis’s last 13 games at home
My Betting Prediction
Sale has been very good this season, but has suffered due to a total lack of run support. He should be able to hold Chicago in this game, but at the end of the day, the Cardinals will likely prove to be too strong once again.