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.
(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.
Tim Melville navigates the squeeze bunt masterfully, safely steering in his second run of the day. pic.twitter.com/zBzIjaYMdm
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 21, 2019
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 Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 21, 2019
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.
- 17-35 in their last 52 overall.
- 6-21 in their last 27 road games.
- 2-10 in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
St. Louis is:
- 6-0 in their last 6 home games.
- 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
- 9-2 in their last 11 overall.