Series Preview 8/26-28: Athletics vs. Cardinals

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At Busch Stadium this weekend, the Cardinals will host the Oakland Athletics for a three-game series. The two teams have not met in over three years.

On Friday evening, Luke Weaver will take the mound to kick off the series for the Cardinals. Weaver will be making his third major-league start and made his second one on Saturday, August 20, against the Phillies. In the start, Weaver allowed three earned runs in five innings and whiffed six batters. Weaver’s opponent will be Ross Detwiler, who has surrendered eleven earned runs over his last two starts. In those starts, Detwiler logged 8.2 total innings and walked five batters.

Mike Leake will toe the rubber for the Cardinals in the middle game of the series. Leake’s last three starts have been quality, as Leake has logged at least six innings and allowed no more than three earned runs in each of them. In the three starts, Leake has punched out twelve batters, including eight in his most recent outing. Taking the mound for the Athletics will be Zach Neal. Neal has not fared well recently. Neal has been tagged for nine runs over his last ten frames, in which he has allowed sixteen hits.

The series finale will feature Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals. Garcia has been rocked over his last two starts, as he has allowed eleven earned runs. Garcia’s counterpart will be Andrew Triggs, who, in much contrast, has fared pretty well recently. Triggs, over his last seven games (including four relief appearances) has posted a 2.14 earned run average and struck out seventeen batters.

Who’s hot?

Athletics: Khris Davis, left fielder. Davis is slashing .346/.433/.846 with three home runs and nine runs scored over his last seven games.

Cardinals: Jhonny Peralta, infielder. Peralta has collected eleven hits over his last seven games and scored six runs.

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