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Former National League Central rivals, the Cardinals and Astros will be meeting up at Busch Stadium this week for a two-game series, beginning a stretch for the Cardinals of four of five upcoming series against American League teams.
Jaime Garcia will start for the Cardinals in the first game. Garcia did not fare too well in his last outing, one that came against the Reds in Cincinnati. Garcia allowed five earned runs through 4.2 innings and was smacked around for thirteen hits. Starting the game for the Astros will be Doug Fister. Fister took on the Rangers his last time out and pitched pretty well, holding Texas to one earned run through six innings while allowing seven hits, one walk, and punching out five.
In the final game of the teams’ brief series, Adam Wainwright will get the nod for the Cardinals. Wainwright was very efficient in his last start, allowing two runs on two hits through six innings against the Reds. He was pulled after six innings for a pinch-hitter, a move that seemed ironic, given his heroics later in the week. In the twelfth inning of Friday’s game at PNC Park against the Pirates, Adam Wainwright recorded a go-ahead, two-RBI double to propel the Cardinals a 9-3 win. Toeing the slab for Houston will be Collin McHugh. McHugh had a rough go of it in his last outing, though he did manage to add six Ks to his season total of 67, second highest on the Astros’ pitching staff. The Rangers taxed McHugh for four runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings of work.
HOU: Jose Altuve, second baseman. A bright spot for the 30-35 Astros, Altuve has ten RBIs over his last fifteen games and is slashing .443/.493/.574 with three stolen bases in the same span.
STL: Jhonny Peralta, third baseman. Since returning from the disabled list a week ago, Peralta has made his offensive presence known. Peralta has eight hits in 27 plate appearances since his return with a homer and seven RBIs.