Arizona Diamondbacks at St. Louis Cardinals
When and Where: Saturday, May 25, Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo., 7:15 p.m. EDT.
Mike Soroka looks to pick up where he left off against the St. Louis Cardinals as the major league leader in earned run average goes after his sixth straight victory for the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
Soroka stifling and silencing opposing hitters for Braves
An early front-runner to be Atlanta’s second consecutive National League Rookie of the Year, Soroka (5-1, 1.01 ERA) has not lost since his season debut April 18 and has not allowed more than two runs in any of his seven starts.
#Braves Mike Soroka Pitch Quality
2019 Two Seam Fastball
5.90 QOPA (Top 4% MLB)
Vertical Break (Top 8%)
Horizontal Break (Top 24%) pic.twitter.com/egfXOLFEYt
— MLB Quality of Pitch (@qopbaseball) May 22, 2019
The three-plus months he spent last season rehabbing a shoulder injury has proven well worth the wait for the Braves as the right-hander has limited opponents to a .159 batting average while striking out 41 in 44 2-3 innings. He allowed a solo homer and one other hit over eight innings in a 5-2 win at San Francisco on Monday night, which actually pushed his ERA over the 1.00 mark.
“I think he’s got a real good understanding of what he needs to do, what positions he needs to get into to throw pitches how he wants — to be behind them, to get on top of them, those kind of things,” catcher Tyler Flowers told The Athletic about Soroka.
“I think he has a good understanding of himself and his tendencies, what’s important within his delivery and everything to kind of affect how he’s throwing it.”
His best outing of the season came against the Cardinals on May 15, scattering three singles and three walks in seven innings of a 4-0 home victory.
Soroka is 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA in four road starts this year, with opposing hitters batting just .147, and 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in seven career starts outside Atlanta.
Hudson looks to build on last outing for Cards
In his first full season in the rotation, Dakota Hudson (3-3, 4.40) has had his ups and downs. The right-hander avoided a fourth straight start without a loss, beating Texas 8-2 last Saturday after giving up two runs and five hits in six innings.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Knowing the less and less effective he was against lefthanded hitters the more and more of them Dakota Hudson was bound to face, pitching coach Mike Maddux pulled the young righthander into a meeting this past week to offer a new … https://t.co/e8K7rrBZ9y
— heraldandreview (@heraldandreview) May 19, 2019
“Dakota did a really nice job,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told the team’s official website. “The first inning was big, able to wiggle out of a jam right there. Carp(enter) makes a nice play, good decision to come home, execute the rundown. … [Hudson] gets out of the inning, he settles in, we score, add on and he righted the ship after a couple of runs, got through the sixth and did a nice job.”
Hudson’s rotation spot did not come up in the previous series versus the Braves, and this will be his first start against them. The righty was reached for one run and three hits in 1 2-3 innings of relief in an 11-6 Cardinals victory Sept. 17.
The Braves are:
- 6-1 in Soroka’s last seven starts.
- 4-0 in Soroka’s last four starts during game 2 of a series.
- 5-1 in Soroka’s last six starts.
The Cardinals are:
- 1-5 in their last six games vs. starters with a sub-1.15 WHIP.