The Cardinals have to be rejuvenated after their win last night but facing Kershaw is no easy task in this evening’s game.
Tonight’s game will certainly be a challenge for the Birds. Martinez (2-4) will try to pull off a major upset against Kershaw (11-2, 1.78). This game, however, is not as important as other games they have played in the last few weeks. The Cardinals have already guaranteed themselves a winning series with last night’s win. This means that the Cards have been victorious in their last three consecutive series, all of which were against teams with more wins than losses with each team vying for first place in their division at the time.
In the NL Central, the Cards are tied with Milwaukee for first. The once impenetrable Brewers are now in a dead heat with the Cardinals at a 54-44 record. Right now, the Cardinals need to focus on staying healthy. They can relax a little on games like tonight’s where they are clearly the underdog facing the second-most-dominant pitcher in all of baseball.
We should not expect much from the Cardinals tonight as the two offenses have been comparable lately. Kershaw will be looking to exact revenge on Matheney for not starting him in the All Star Game. An angry Kershaw plus an overpaid, over-egotistical team will probably lead to a Cardinal loss. However, this game is not of particular importance to the Redbirds. They will have many more chances to make up tonight’s game, should it be a loss, against either the Rays, the Cubs, or the Padres in the upcoming series. Each team has been struggling and the Cardinals have a real chance to accelerate. Gametime, tonight, is 7:00p at Busch.