Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 17, 2024

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May 17, 2024 6:25 AM
The St. Louis Cardinals, struggling with a 6-11 home record, will host the Boston Red Sox at Busch Stadium on Friday, May 17 at 8:15 PM. The Red Sox, with a 12-9 road record, look to capitalize on the Cardinals' home woes. This matchup will be a crucial test for the Cardinals, who sit at 18-25 overall, as they face off against the .500 Red Sox.
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Red Sox vs Cardinals starting pitchers

  • Kyle Gibson for St. Louis Cardinals
  • Brayan Bello for Boston Red Sox

Red Sox vs Cardinals game preview

In the upcoming MLB matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, each team brings seasoned pitchers to the mound. Brayan Bello, the probable starter for the Red Sox, enters the game boasting impressive stats with an ERA of 3.13, an effective WHIP of 1.07, and 27 strikeouts over 33 innings pitched. On the other side, Kyle Gibson will take the hill for the Cardinals. Gibson carries a slightly higher ERA at 3.67 and a WHIP of 1.20 over 49 innings, coupled with 40 strikeouts. This pitching matchup suggests a potentially tight contest, accentuated by the solid command and strike-throwing abilities of both pitchers.

The Boston Red Sox will look to capitalize on their relatively balanced offensive performance this season, highlighted by a batting average of .242 and a notable ability to advance runners, rating sixth in runners left on base. Key players like Rafael Devers, who leads the team with a .288 batting average, and Tyler O'Neill, with a robust 10 home runs, will be critical in piercing through Gibson's defenses. Despite middling overall in RBI with Ceddanne Rafaela leading at 23, the Red Sox have shown spurts of powerful batting that could play a pivotal role in overcoming the Cardinals, especially given their tied-14th ranking in home runs.

Contrastingly, the St. Louis Cardinals' offense has experienced challenges this season, with figures underlining a struggle in batting efficacy, particularly highlighted by a .225 batting average and concerning placements at 26th in hits and 28th in runs scored. The team will deeply feel the absence of Willson Contreras, who, before his injury, led with six home runs alongside Nolan Arenado, who leads with 21 RBIs. The Cardinals' strategy might need to lean heavily on discipline at the plate, evident from their decent walk rate ranked 8th, and on Masyn Winn stepping up, given his team-leading .281 batting average. In a low-scoring season thus far, they must seize every opportunity created against Bello's pitching to gain an edge in what projects to be a defensively skewed game.

St. Louis Cardinals injuries

  • Giovanny Gallegos (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Steven Matz (SP): 15-Day-IL
  • Keynan Middleton (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Riley O'Brien (RP): 60-Day-IL
  • Tommy Edman (SS): 60-Day-IL

Boston Red Sox injuries

  • Andrew Politi (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Cutter Coffey (3B): Day-To-Day
  • Mikey Romero (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Tyler Heineman (C): 10-Day-IL
  • Chih-Jung Liu (SP): Day-To-Day

How to Watch the Red Sox vs Cardinals

The Red Sox vs. Cardinals game will be televised on NESN and is scheduled for Fri 8:15 PM.

Red Sox vs Cardinals predictions

Here we go, the Red Sox are headed to Busch Stadium to take on the Cardinals, and I'm excited to see some big performances from Boston's bats. I think Wilyer Abreu is due for a breakout game, and I'm projecting him to go 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Meanwhile, Rafael Devers is going to stay hot, smashing a homer and driving in two runs. And don't sleep on Tyler O'Neill, I think he's got a multi-hit game in him, maybe even a triple.

Over on the Cardinals' side, I've got my eye on Nolan Arenado, who's going to go yard and drive in a pair of runs. Paul Goldschmidt is going to rack up a couple of hits and score a run, and Ivan Herrera is going to surprise some people with a big game, maybe even a home run of his own. But let's be real, the Cardinals' bats have been struggling lately, and I just don't see them putting up enough runs to take down the Red Sox.

So, who's gonna take this one? I'm going with the Red Sox, and I think they're going to win it comfortably. Brayan Bello is going to shut down the Cardinals' offense, and the Boston bats are going to come alive in St. Louis. I'm predicting a 6-3 Red Sox win, with Bello picking up his fifth victory of the season. The Sox are going to stay hot, and the Cardinals are going to continue to struggle.

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