March 18, 2012; Jupiter FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
(The Cardinals Nation Show) -- The St. Louis Cardinals welcome the Chicago White Sox to Busch Stadium for the first time since 2001 to continue this week's schedule of interleague play.
Manager Mike Matheny is starting veteran right-hand pitcher Adam Wainwright against the White Sox. Wainwright has pitched only one inning against the White Sox in his career. In his last two starts, Wainwright went 1 -1. He struggled against the Mets, allowing seven runs in 6 1/3 innings, but rebounded nicely last week earning the 4-3 win over the Astros, while striking out eight and giving up just three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
For the White Sox tonight, it'll be rookie, left-hand pitcher Jose Quintana. Quintana will take the mound tonight for the fourth time in his career for the White Sox. Quintana has surrendered merely three runs in the three games he has started in 2012, yielding a 2.87 ERA.
The last time the Cardinals and White Sox battled was in 2006 at U.S. Cellular Field when the White Sox swept the series. The Cardinals are looking for a victory against the White Sox for the first time in 11 years.
The Cardinals have lost 11 games in the past month that can be partly attributed to the unusual amount of players on the disabled list. Seven of the original 25-player roster are injured. But with that, other players have stepped up to the plate.
Right now, outfielder Carlos Beltran is on fire. Matheny moved him to the second spot in the batting order, where he has stayed for the last 19 games. This season Beltran has hit 18 home runs, leading the National League, and 46 RBI, batting a .293 overall.
Hand-in-hand with home runs for this season, White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn has hit 20 home runs, landing him in second place for the most home runs hit in the major leagues this season. Dunn is batting .226 .
Both the Cardinals and the White Sox are teams in need of wins. Both teams have lost two out of three games in their last series.