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Series Preview 6/25-26: Athletics vs. Cardinals

MLB: Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

After winning the weekend series with the Angels, the Cardinals enjoyed a day off on Monday and enter Tuesday with a 40-37 record. That record is good enough to put them in third place in the National League Central - just 2 12 games back of the Cubs and a half-game behind the second-place Brewers. Milwaukee has just three wins in their last 10 games.

Continuing an interleague trend (it will continue next week in Seattle), the Cardinals will welcome the Athletics to St. Louis for a quick, two-game meeting. The Athletics are 41-38, matching the Cardinals with a .519 winning percentage and a third-place ranking in their division.

In Tuesday’s ballgame, Jack Flaherty and Chris Bassitt will be the pitching matchup. Flaherty held the Marlins to three runs and whiffed eight in seven innings back on June 18. That start made Flaherty’s home stats even sharper. In eight outings at Busch Stadium this season, Flaherty has maintained a 2.49 ERA with a 53:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 47 frames.

Bassitt is a 30-year-old right-hander who is in his fifth season in the big leagues. Bassitt spent his first two seasons with the White Sox before he moved to Oakland, where he is in his third year - and first as a full-time starter. Bassitt has a 3.64 ERA in 11 starts for the Athletics, and his 8.81 K/9 rate is a personal best.

Adam Wainwright will go for St. Louis on Wednesday and make his second start since returning from his stint on the injured list. Wainwright pitched into the sixth inning in his last start, one where Miami tagged him for three runs. In three June starts, Wainwright has allowed a total of six runs to go along with a .246 opponents’ batting average in the 17 23 innings.

Oakland has not confirmed their starting pitcher for Wednesday’s game.

So, to recap:

Tuesday, 6/25, 7:15 | Flaherty v Bassitt | FSMW, KMOX, CRN, WJIR

Wednesday, 6/26, 6:15 | Wainwright v | FSMW, KMOX, CRN, WJIR

Notes from around the league:

  • When Aaron Hicks launched a three-run homer on Monday, he helped the Yankees make some history. The homer marked Monday as the 27th consecutive game in which New York has hit at least one home run and tied the 2002 Rangers. The Yankees will continue their series with the Blue Jays on Tuesday, with a chance to break the record.
  • Adley Rutschman signed with the Orioles on Monday. Rutschman received an $8.1 million signing bonus, the largest ever. Gerrit Cole got $8 million from the Pirates back in 2011.