St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox: May 16 &17 (Home)
Boston comes into town right after the Cubs for two games. The other two will be played in Boston on August 15 and 16. While this series might not be as critical as the Cubs, it could serve as a measuring stick against one of the better teams in the American League.
Currently Boston sits in third place in the East Division, behind New York and Baltimore. Their lineup is as good as any in the American League, although some have suggested that the absence of David Ortiz hurts them a bit. In my eyes, the Red Sox are a dangerous team and if the Cardinals are not careful, they could find themselves in the midst of a losing streak of three or more games.
Pitching will be the key against the Red Sox. Given how many good hitters their lineup possess, starting pitching will be very important leading up to the 7th, 8th and 9th, inning. On the flip side, Boston has several question marks in the starting rotation. So much so that there isn’t a projected starter even listed for the first of the two games.
So the good news for the Cardinals is that they will miss Chris Sale and Rick Porcello‘s turn through the rotation. This will open up the opportunity for the Cardinals to pick up some wins, potentially much needed wins.
Adam Wainwright vs. Unknown
Lance Lynn vs. Eduardo Rodriguez
It’s possible to see the Cardinals taking both of these games. Rodriguez is not a stud on the mound, but is capable. However, I am not going to bet against Lynn on that night. Instead I’ll bet on the bullpen losing a lead for Wainwright in the 8th inning and lead to a loss. Even without David Ortiz, the Boston lineup is really good.
Have you seen Andrew Benintendi play? He is a name to watch out for as he is currently slashing .305/.364/.429.
Cardinals May Record: 9-6