The St. Louis Cardinals (37-52) are on the road to face the Chicago White Sox (38-53) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday with the three-game Interleague series knotted at 1-1. The Cardinals evened up the series 1-1 after winning 3-0 on Saturday.
Starter Miles Mikolas threw seven scoreless innings to get the win, and Jordan Hicks picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth. Jordan Walker was 2 for 4 with a solo home run in the win. Oscar Colas went 2 for 3 for the White Sox.
ON THE MOUND
Steven Matz (0-7, 5.02 ERA) is slated for the start for St. Louis. The southpaw allowed two runs in 2.1 innings of relief in his last appearance, a 10-9 home defeat against the Marlins on Wednesday.
He gave up three hits while striking out two and walking one. Right-hander Lucas Giolito (6-5, 3.50 ERA) gets the start for Chicago. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Cardinals.
In his last start on Tuesday, Giolito took a no-decision at home against the Blue Jays. He threw six innings and gave up two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking two in the 4-3 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, St. Louis has averaged 4.8 runs a game, a small gain compared to their season average of 4.6. Against righties like Giolito this season, the Cards have a .762 OPS.
Paul Goldschmidt is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a .908 OPS in 249 at-bats. Chicago is averaging only 3.4 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 4.2 for the season.
The Sox have a .732 OPS against Southpaws in 2023. With a 1.060 OPS over 73 at-bats, Luis Robert Jr. has been their best hitter against left-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
St. Louis is 20-27 in road games in 2023, scoring 4.1 runs per game while allowing 4.6 runs. Chicago has gone 21-24 at their home ballpark this season, averaging 4.0 runs per game while surrendering 4.9.
In the last 10 games at Guaranteed Rate Field between the teams, each club has won five, though St. Louis has the scoring advantage with an average final margin of 4.5-3.8.
The Cardinals are fifth in the NL Central, 12 games behind the division-leading Reds. The White Sox are fourth in the AL Central, seven games behind the Twins.
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