Rays play the Cardinals after Margot’s 4-hit game
St. Louis Cardinals (32-25, second in the NL Central) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (33-23, second in the AL East)
St. Petersburg, Florida; Thursday, 1:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (4-3, 3.02 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 51 strikeouts); Rays: Shane McClanahan (6-2, 2.10 ERA, .92 WHIP, 89 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rays -185, Cardinals +158; over/under is 7 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Rays play the St. Louis Cardinals after Manuel Margot’s four-hit game on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay is 20-13 in home games and 33-23 overall. The Rays have a 19-4 record in games when they scored at least five runs.
St. Louis has a 32-25 record overall and a 16-14 record on the road. The Cardinals have gone 16-6 in games when they did not give up a home run.
The matchup Thursday is the third time these teams match up this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Randy Arozarena has 13 doubles, two triples and six home runs for the Rays. Ji-Man Choi is 10-for-30 with four doubles and a home run over the last 10 games.
Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with a .341 batting average, and has 19 doubles, 12 home runs, 30 walks and 47 RBI. Harrison Bader is 14-for-40 with a home run and four RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 6-4, .220 batting average, 3.26 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs
Cardinals: 6-4, .261 batting average, 4.45 ERA, outscored opponents by four runs
INJURIES: Rays: J.P. Feyereisen: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Wander Franco: 10-Day IL (quadricep), JT Chargois: 60-Day IL (oblique), Chris Mazza: 60-Day IL (back), Brandon Lowe: 10-Day IL (back), Shane Baz: 60-Day IL (elbow), Luis Patino: 60-Day IL (oblique), Brendan McKay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Pete Fairbanks: 60-Day IL (lat), Tyler Glasnow: 60-Day IL (elbow), Nick Anderson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Yonny Chirinos: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Cardinals: Corey Dickerson: 10-Day IL (calf), Jordan Hicks: 15-Day IL (forearm), Steven Matz: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Dylan Carlson: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jack Flaherty: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Alex Reyes: 60-Day IL (shoulder)