Runs are expected to be flying up on the scoreboard at Comerica Park on Wednesday night in MLB betting action, as the Detroit Tigers face the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cards are hoping to get back above .500 and back in the thick of the race in the lowly NL Central, where there really still aren’t all that many teams that are all that special. They dropped the first game in this series expectedly, knowing that they had to go against Justin Verlander, but at least they were able to scratch some runs together against him. Tonight, it is up to Jake Westbrook to shut down the Tigers. Westbrook is 5-6 this season with a 4.27 ERA. He really hasn’t been anything special once again and that has been seen in his numbers of late. Over the course of his last seven starts, Westbrook has averaged less than six innings of work, has allowed over four runs per game, and hasn’t had a single quality start in the bunch. Needless to say, that isn’t going to get the job done. This is the first outing of the season on the road in Interleague Play for Westbrook, though he has pitched respectably in his last two Interleague outings, allowing six runs in 12 innings, striking out eight and walking just one.
The Tigers are still hanging around in the chase in the AL Central, really thanks to the fact that the division just isn’t all that great. They’ve won three in a row and have impressively outscored their foes 15-4 in that stretch. The problem pitcher though, has been Rick Porcello, and he is the man that is going to be getting the ball from Manager Jim Leyland on this night. Porcello was once a fantastic budding pitcher, and he has already won 38 games in his first three and change seasons in the bigs. That being said, this year, particularly on the road, he has struggled and struggled mightily. Porcello is 4-4 to show for his work, but he has a career-worst 5.18 ERA. The good news though, is that he has pitched at least relatively well here at home, especially of late. Against the New York Yankees, one of the best offensive teams in the game, Porcello allowed just one run in six frames in his last start here at home. However, in the four road outings surrounding that, the Tigers’ righty allowed 16 runs in just 21.1 innings of work.
The Tigers are clearly the better team in this matchup, but we have a bit more confidence in Westbrook to throw a consistent game than anything else. The Cards are well on their way to a victory in this one more often than not in our eyes. St. Louis 9 Detroit 6