White Sox vs. Cardinals Prediction
The St. Louis Cardinals are coming off a disappointing series in Pittsburgh over the weekend but will look to get back on track when they host the Chicago White Sox at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Will these two teams combine for enough runs to push the score over the total?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
8:15 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium
TV: CWS (CSC); STL (FSMW)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cardinals as a -230 favorite. As of this writing, 78% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cardinals to beat the White Sox on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
White Sox' Shields struggles in last start
James Shields scattered six hits and four runs over six innings Wednesday in the White Sox’s loss to the Mariners. Shields racked up four strikeouts and also issued four free passes. Shields retired the Mariners in order in the first and second innings but came undone in the third, allowing two runs on three hits in the frame. He had a hard time putting away Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino, who combined to go 4-for-6 with a homer and three RBI against the right-hander. Chicago’s Opening Day starter has struggled to a 6.14 ERA in six outings including five starts this season. He’ll take a 1-3 record into his next start Tuesday at St. Louis.
Cardinals' Wacha continues to rack up victories
Michael Wacha allowed just one earned run, five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts over six innings in a victory against the Mets on Wednesday. Wacha threw 64 of his 98 pitches for strikes in the quality start, running his record to 4-1 while lowering his ERA to 3.62.
He has won four consecutive starts since losing on the road to the Mets back on March 31. He'll look to make it five wins in a row on Tuesday against 'Big Game' James Shields and the visiting White Sox as he kicks off a two-start week.
MLB Betting Trends
The White Sox are just 5-16 in their last 21 games overall and have dropped 13 of 16 interleague games versus a team with a winning record.
The Cardinals have won seven of their last 10 games coming off a loss and are 5-1 in their last six home games.
It's only 37 at bats but Shields owns a 7.49 FIP against the current Cardinals' roster. The over is 4-1 in Shields' last five interleague starts, is 4-1 in his last five outings during the first game of a series, and is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games coming off a loss. On the other side, the over is 4-1-2 in the Cardinals' last seven games overall and is 4-1 in Wacha's last five interleague starts.
The Pick: White Sox/Cardinals over 9