Cardinals-Tigers Preview: The Showdown in Motown

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IJune 23, 2008

After a heartbreaking extra-inning loss, the St. Louis Cardinals had a much-needed day-off before a three game set in Detroit.

The Cardinals are 2-4 midway through their twelve game stretch against AL opponents. It is therefore crucial that the Cards win the series against the Tigers at Comerica Park this week.

Not to mention, the Chicago Cubs have increased their NL Central lead to 4.5 games over the Redbirds.

There is however hope for the Cardinals regarding a potential sweep. Three of the most consistent pitchers in the Redbirds rotation will be starting in this series in Braden Looper, Kyle Lohse, and Todd Wellemeyer.

Lohse may just be the hottest pitcher in the MLB, as he has won his last six decisions, and has carried a 2.09 ERA over that span.

Additionally, with top slugger Albert Pujols scheduled to come back within the very near future, it is crucial that the Cardinals win, and win now.

The series against the Red Sox may also give Redbird fans hope. Even though the last game was a huge downer, the Cardinals were still able to win a road series against arguably the best team in the majors.

If the 'Birds can steer away from allowing the Tigers to have a huge offensive game, as they have shown is definitely possible this season, then the Cardinals should win this series.

Prediction: Cardinals take 2 out of 3, gaining a half-game on the Cubbies.