The Wednesday MLB schedule will get underway with an interleague clash between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Tigers (61-66) are eight games below .500 on the road and 12 games off the pace in the AL Central Division race. Last night, Detroit 1B Miguel Cabrera crushed career home run number 501 during a 4-3 road victory against St. Louis.
Twenty-four year old left-hander Tarik Skubal (8-11 4.02 ERA) will take the mound for the Royals in this matchup. Through 123 innings, Skubal has struck out 134 batters and owns a respectable 1.28 WHIP.
The St. Louis Cardinals have split their previous ten games and trail Cincinnati by five games for the final NL Wild Card spot. On Tuesday, St. Louis managed just six hits and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. SP Jack Flaherty (9-2) gave up four runs in two innings and took the loss for the Cardinals (63-61).
The Cardinals will counter with veteran left-hander Jon Lester (4-6 5.46 ERA) in the series finale. In his last start, Lester gave up four runs in four plus innings during an 8-4 home victory versus Milwaukee.