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#958 St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals -130
Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:45pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The St. Louis Cardinals will be trying to increase their lead in the NL Central when they take on the Colorado Rockies in the first game of their four-game weekend series on Thursday night. The game will be played at Busch Stadium and is scheduled to begin at 7:45 PM. ET.

German Marquez, 12-5, 4.71 ERA, will get the start for the Rockies. The Cardinals will counter with Miles Mikolas, 7-13, 4.30 ERA.

(This preview was written before Wednesday’s game was played).

Rockies Trying To Extend Road-Winning Streak

To say the Rockies haven’t played well on the road this season would be an understatement. The team has lost nine of their last 11 road games, but they were able to snap a two-game road losing streak with a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in their last game. They will try to build on the win with another on Thursday and try to drop the Cardinals out of first place in their division in the process.

Colorado has played well offensively. The team’s .269 batting average is fifth in the league. Their .329 on-base percentage is 12th, while their .460 slugging percentage is seventh in the league. The 671 runs they have scored are seventh in the league.

Charlie Blackmon leads the team with a .329 batting average, while Nolan Arenado leads the team with 31 homers and 96 RBI.

Colorado’s pitching is among the worst in the league. Opponents have a .276 batting average against the Rockies, which is 30th in the league. Their 5.52 ERA is 29th, while their 40 quality starts are 24th in the league.

In his last start, Marquez gave up five hits and two earned runs in five innings, helping the team get an 11-4 win over the Miami Marlins. He is 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA in his last three starts against the Cardinals.

Cardinals Trying To Get Series Off On Right Track

The Cardinals are coming off a series win over the Milwaukee Brewers, which allowed them to retake the ever-changing NL Central lead. They have won three of their last four series and will be going for their fourth series win in their last five when they play the Rockies. They will also be trying to put some distance between themselves and the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central standings.

St. Louis has struggled offensively but has played well in the last three games, averaging 5.67 runs per game. The team’s .244 batting average is 24th in the league. Their .318 on-base percentage is 22nd, while their .405 slugging percentage is 25th in the league. The 558 runs they have scored are 24th in the league.

Kolten Wong leads the Cardinals with a .274 batting average, while Paul Goldschmidt leads the team with 28 home runs and 68 RBI.

St. Louis’ pitching is one of the best in the league. Opponents have a .243 batting average against the Cardinals, which is sixth in the league. Their 3.98 ERA is fifth, while their 1,065 strikeouts are 21st in the league.

In his last start, Mikolas gave up seven hits and five earned runs in five innings, leading to a 6-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in his last two starts against the Rockies.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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The Cardinals have worked their way to the top of the NL Central standings thanks to their recent run and they have played very well at home, reeling off six straight wins. Even though Mikolas has been shaky on the mound in recent starts and has given up 11 runs in his last two starts, the Cardinals are playing well on offense, averaging 5.67 runs per game in their last three games and they should be able to get the win against a Rockies team that has lost 21 of their last 27 road games.

Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals

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The Cardinals and Rockies are playing well offensively at the moment, averaging 11.34 combined runs per game in their last three games. With Marquez and Mikolas giving up 23 combined runs in their last three starts, expect these teams to go over the total in this game.

Prediction: Over

First Five Innings Side Pick

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The Cardinals will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Rockies in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging 2.67 runs per game while the Rockies average 1.67 runs per game.

Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals

First Five Innings Total Bet

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The Cardinals and Rockies are averaging 4.34 combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and they will stay under the first five-inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

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