The St. Louis Cardinals have lost eight of their last 12, but will have an advantage over the visiting Chicago White Sox when the teams meet for a three-game interleague set beginning Tuesday. While the Cardinals go with their regular lineup, the White Sox will not be able to use a designated hitter. As a result, Adam Dunn is expected to start in left field for at least two games in the series, with hot-hitting Dayan Viciedo headed to the bench. Dunn is batting .226 with 20 home runs, while Viciedo has nine home runs and 24 RBIs since May 14.
St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday missed his last two games with back spasms, but the Cardinals are optimistic about his return for Tuesday’s series opener. The Cardinals need his bat after scoring five runs while losing two of three against Cleveland over the weekend. The White Sox have a half-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central after going 4-5 on their just-completed homestand. Chicago is hoping to learn more this week about the status of third baseman Brent Morel, who has been out since May 18 with back issues. Morel left his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte last week, leading to speculation that surgery might be an option.
White Sox Cardinals Betting
When: 8:15 PM ET, Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, WCIU (Chicago), FS Midwest (St. Louis)
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox LH Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.05 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Adam Wainwright (5-6, 4.97)
Starting in place of the injured John Danks, Quintana recorded his second quality start Wednesday when he allowed two runs over six innings against the Blue Jays. In three games as a starter this season, Quintana has given up five runs in 15 2/3 innings.
Wainwright, who gave up three runs over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Mets, is set to make his first career start against the White Sox. He is 5-3 with a 3.50 ERA and one save in 16 interleague games (10 starts) covering 69 1/3 innings.
1. The White Sox are 158-113 (.583) all-time in interleague play, the second-best record in baseball behind the Yankees (161-109, .596).
2. Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter (oblique) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this week. Carpenter has missed 18 games this season because of injury.
3. White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed that Phil Humber will make his next start Saturday despite giving up five or more runs in three of his past four outings.