Interleague play takes center stage on Sunday Night Baseball as the Cardinals host the Rangers.
Texas Rangers at St. Louis Cardinals (-185, 7.5)
TEPID TEPESCH GOES FOR TEXAS
Nick Tepesch’s rookie season has been a little rough as the righty is 3-6 with a 4.84 ERA. He is in an awful stretch right now giving up 17 runs and 19 hits over his last three starts against Oakland, Cleveland, and Toronto. Tepesch has had three road starts where he has allowed two earned runs or less, but he’s also allowed four earned runs or more in three other starts. The Texas starter has shown good control walking just five batters in his last five starts.
WINS ARE WAINWRIGHT’S WAY
Adam Wainwright is 10-4 with a 2.37 ERA on the year for the Cardinals. He uncharacteristically gave up four runs last time out against the weak-hitting Cubs. Wainwright had previously allowed just three total earned runs over three starts. The righty made one previous interleague start this season giving up three runs and 12 hits in eight innings pitched against the Royals. Wainwright’s control has been impeccable, going walk-free in three of his last five starts. He didn’t walk anyone in his first four starts of the season.
Both of these teams are dealing with injury problems. Right now, the Cardinals’ rotation is without Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, and John Gast. Garcia is done for the year after suffering a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder. Carpenter is dealing with a back ailment which is keeping him from returning after dealing with a nerve condition. Rafael Furcal and Jason Motte are done for the season due to Tommy John surgery.
Texas is missing a few pitchers as well. The rotation is without Alexi Ogando, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, and Neftali Feliz. Harrison and Feliz will be back around late-July or August. Joakim Soria is out of the Rangers' bullpen as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
*Rangers are 36-16 in their last 52 Sunday games.
*The under is 4-1-1 in Tepesch’s last six starts.
*Cardinals are 21-8 in Wainwright’s last 29 starts.
*The over is 7-2 in the Cardinals’ last nine Sunday games.
HITTERS TO WATCH
Lance Berkman 7-for-27 vs. Wainwright
Geovany Soto 5-for-23 vs. Wainwright
No Cardinals have faced Tepesch