What's new: The Cardinals are 4-6 in interleague play but boast a strong pitching staff. Their 12 shutouts — including Shelby Miller's second of his career Saturday at Toronto — are the most in club history through 64 games. St. Louis enters this series with only three wins this month and has been plagued by injuries. Closer Trevor Rosenthal's 16 saves were tied for fifth in the NL entering Monday. Both pitchers the Rays face — RHP Adam Wainwright and RHP Michael Wacha — ranked in the top 10 in the NL in ERA, strikeouts and opponents' batting average. C Yadier Molina has cooled off after a hot start and is batting .167 this month.
Key stat: The Cardinals have hit only 35 home runs. That's last in the NL, 10 behind the next-worst Mets.
Connections: Yadier Molina is Rays C Jose Molina's brother. LHP Randy Choate is a former Ray. St. Louis 2B Mark Ellis played for the Gators.
Series history: Cardinals lead 6-3 overall and 4-2 at Tropicana Field.
Matt Baker, Times staff writer