Both pitchers today, Roy Oswalt for Houston and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright, have held their opposition in check historically, making the Under the right play at Busch III.
NL Central Division rivals will duke it out at Busch Stadium Saturday afternoon when the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals play the second game of their three-game set. The Cards took the series opener by a 5-3 final tally last night.
Roy Oswalt was a tough luck loser in his first outing of the 2009 season against the Chicago Cubs. He gave up just three runs through seven innings, but got no help from his offense and suffered the loss. The righty has had similar luck against the Cards of late, as his teammates have mustered a total of eight runs in his last three starts against the Redbirds, and though Oswalt only gave up six runs in those outings, the team is 0-3 for his efforts.
He may only be 9-6 in 24 starts against the Cards in his career, but his numbers are stellar. Oswalt has a 2.90 ERA and 1.18 WHIP to go with 124 Ks in 164.2 career innings against St. Louis.
Adam Wainwright faces the dubious task of trying to knock off Houston's top arm. He had a shaky first start of the season in a 6-4 loss to the Pirates lasting just 5.2 innings and surrendering a pair of runs to go along with five walks. Wainwright has really come on strong these last two seasons, as he has a 3.52 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in his last 53 starts. He's gotten the win in 25 of those games (25-13 overall).
His career numbers against the Astros are also fantastic! Wainwright is 5-0 in 12 career appearances (six starts) and he has held Houston hitters to a .210 batting average. The Cards have yet to lose against Houston with Wainwright toeing the bump in his young career.
Both of today's starting pitchers have been absolutely lights out against their respective opponent, and neither team's offense would be considered hot right now. The total is a full run lower than last night, but it's hard to picture either team plating five runs in this one.
Free Pick: Astros-Cardinals Under 8 (+100)