The Yankees and Cardinals clash in the first of a three-game series tonight in St. Louis. New York still has a significant lead in the division standings of 10.5 games over the Toronto Blue Jays but has cooled off considerably since the first half of the season. They are just 9-13 in their last 22 games overall and have lost two straight.
St. Louis has been on the cusp of moving past the Brewers in their division for weeks but now are tied with Milwaukee for the division lead after they won their fourth straight game and completed a sweep of the Chicago Cubs. They hold a 14-game lead over the third-place Pittsburgh Pirates in the division standings.
The Yankees have come back down to earth recently after it looked like they were running away with the AL East title without any resistance. Their huge lead in the standings has been significantly reduced, as the Blue Jays are now within striking distance of the best team in the league. They’ll be hoping to avoid a third straight loss tonight in St. Louis.
Aaron Judge has carried the team on his back at the plate this season and leads them with a .298 average. His 43 home runs and 93 RBIs both lead the Major Leagues.
Jameson Taillon is first on the team with ten wins, and Gerrit Cole is the top pitcher in strikeouts for New York with 170. Nestor Cortes is 9-3 with a 2.53 ERA coming into his start for the Yankees in this matchup.
The Cardinals have finally reached the top of the division and now look to put some distance between themselves and the Brewers. They have won four in a row recently, while Milwaukee has lost four straight after being swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates in their last series.
St. Louis completed their sweep of the Chicago Cubs in their previous game, with newly acquired pitcher Jose Quintana winning in his Cardinals’ debut.
Paul Goldschmidt continues to be consistent for the Cardinals, leading all of baseball with a .332 average. He’s also first on the team in home runs with 25 and RBIs with 81.
Miles Mikolas is the top pitcher for St. Louis, with eight wins, a 2.92 ERA, and 106 strikeouts. Dakota Hudson will take the mound tonight and is 6-6 with a 4.10 ERA this season.
The total has gone over in five of the last six games for the Yankees, and they are 2-7 in their previous nine games on the road. For the Cards, the total has gone under in seven of the last ten games against the Yankees, and they are 6-1 in their last seven games overall.
New York has the pitching advantage in this game as Cortes has been dominant on the mound for the Yankees this season and is looking for his third straight win. The Cards hope they can jump on him early and leave the decision in this game up to the bullpen, but that isn’t very likely against one of the league’s best pitchers.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Yankees will win, and the total goes over.