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Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free Pick - 9/19/13

St. Louis Cardinals (89-63) at Colorado Rockies (69-84)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm (Coors Field)

Michael Wacha (R) (2-1) (2.877) vs. Roy Oswalt (R) (0-5) (6.849)

The Line: Colorado Rockies +146 / St. Louis Cardinals -156 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Midwest

The St Louis Cardinals look to extend their lead in the NL Central with another win at Coors Field.

The Cardinals have won four of six and that has been good enough to take over the top spot in the National League Central with the Pirates struggles with San Diego. Overall the Redbirds have won eight of eleven behind equal contributions from both the arms and bats. Both units were just enough in Wednesday's 4-3 decision at Coors Field. Adam Wainwright wiggled out of a few tight spots with three runs scored on ten hits over 7.2 frames while striking out eight. The bats totaled ten hits and walked twice with Wainwright himself rapping a pair of RBI hits while scoring as well. The Cardinals give the ball to rookie Michael Wacha to pitch the team past Colorado. Wacha has made seven starts and appeared in relief six times while going 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA over 51.1 innings.

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Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free Pick - 9/19/13

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Early in the year Colorado looked like they might be a factor in the National League West but the long season appears to have taken a toll. Inconsistent hitting and pitching is the obvious issue with neither unit staying for a significant length of time. Neither has been on the same page often enough as well and both came up just short Wednesday. Starter Tyler Chatwood didn't have his 'A' game with all four runs plated on eight hits through six innings of work. The offense pounded out 12 hits and walked twice with Troy Tulowitzki ripping a two run single in the first. The Rockies struggled to get the key hit and left the bases full in the 9th. Veteran Roy Oswalt toes the rubber in Thursday's show down with the visiting Cardinals. Oswalt has made five starts with a relief appearance mixed in and has gone 0-6 with a 7.71 ERA over 25.1 frames.

Even though this is rookie versus veteran the youngster has been throwing the ball well and Oswalt has not. That has me looking at the Redbirds very hard...

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