St. Louis Cardinals face Detroit Tigers


St. Louis Cardinals face Detroit Tigers in big showdown

The St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers have had plenty of memorable meetings, most recently in the 2006 World Series when the Cardinals captured the championship in five games.

It’s nearly a decade later, and the Cardinals and Tigers have seen each other since then. It’s still a lot of fun when these teams get together, which should make the weekend series enjoyable.

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The Tigers visit Busch Stadium beginning Friday night and wrapping up Sunday with a nationally televised game on ESPN.

Both teams will get a chance to trot out their big pitching weapons, at least the ones that are active. Let’s take a look at the matchups with Detroit’s pitchers listed first:

Friday — Shane Greene (3-2, 4.71) vs. Carlos Martinez (3-1, 4.89)

Saturday — David Price (3-1, 3.30) vs. Tyler Lyons (0-0, 4.82)

Sunday — Alfredo Simon (4-1, 3.05) vs. Lance Lynn (2-3, 3.27)

St. Louis will face Greene, a pitcher who has either been really good or horrid depending on the matchup. The same could go for Martinez, a pitcher who has faced struggles in each of his last two starts.

The Tigers’ best chance for a victory could come Saturday when Price takes the hill. Lyons has struggled somewhat pitching in place of Adam Wainwright, who is out for the season with a torn Achilles.

Could this be a potential World Series preview? The Tigers are battling the Kansas City Royals for first place in the American League Central, so every win is big. The St. Louis Cardinals are five games up on the Chicago Cubs, so if the Tigers sweep and the Cubs do well, then the Cardinals will have an interesting race in the National League Central.

Stay tuned to Redbird Rants for more throughout the weekend as we recap games, preview the individual contests and have more on the Cardinals.

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