Red Sox and Cardinals square off in series rubber match
St. Louis Cardinals (38-29, first in the NL Central) vs. Boston Red Sox (35-31, fourth in the AL East)
Boston; Sunday, 1:35 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Andre Pallante (2-1, 1.46 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 25 strikeouts); Red Sox: Nick Pivetta (6-5, 3.50 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 72 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Red Sox -147, Cardinals +125; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Both the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals are looking for a series win with a victory on Sunday.
Boston has a 35-31 record overall and a 16-16 record in home games. The Red Sox have a 17-7 record in games when they did not give up a home run.
St. Louis is 17-16 on the road and 38-29 overall. The Cardinals are 28-5 in games when they have more hits than their opponents.
Sunday’s game is the third time these teams square off this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Rafael Devers has 23 doubles, a triple and 16 home runs for the Red Sox. Xander Bogaerts is 16-for-34 with five doubles over the last 10 games.
Nolan Arenado has 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 45 RBI while hitting .280 for the Cardinals. Brendan Donovan is 14-for-36 with five doubles over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Red Sox: 6-4, .243 batting average, 3.48 ERA, outscored opponents by five runs
Cardinals: 6-4, .273 batting average, 3.17 ERA, outscored opponents by 19 runs
INJURIES: Red Sox: Christian Arroyo: 10-Day IL (covid-19), Nathan Eovaldi: 15-Day IL (back), Garrett Whitlock: 15-Day IL (hip), Kike Hernandez: 10-Day IL (hip), Matt Barnes: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Josh Taylor: 60-Day IL (back), Chris Sale: 60-Day IL (rib), James Paxton: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Cardinals: Yadier Molina: 10-Day IL (knee), Corey Dickerson: 10-Day IL (calf), Jordan Hicks: 15-Day IL (forearm), Steven Matz: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alex Reyes: 60-Day IL (shoulder)