2019-09-10 19:40:00 EDT
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies meet in the opener of a three game set in MLB action from Coors Field on Tuesday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to keep their momentum going after winning their series with the Pirates over the weekend, taking Sunday’s series finale by a final score of 2-0. Paul Goldschmidt had a double and an RBI and Harrison Bader added an RBi of his own to cap off St. Louis’ scoring as a team in the win. Matt Carpenter went 2 for 3 with a double while Marcell Ozuna added a base hit as the Cards had just five hits as a team in the win. Jack Flaherty got the win to improve to 10-7 on the year after tossing eight shutout innings, allowing just five hits while striking out ten. Carlos Martinez closed out a 1-2-3 9th inning for his 19th save of the season. Michael Wacha will start game one and is 6-6 with a 4.98 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wacha is 1-1 with a 5.28 ERA and 36 strikeouts against Colorado.
The Colorado Rockies will look to play spoiler despite dropping 17 of their last 20 games with a 2-1 loss in the rubber match of their series with San Diego. Drew Butera had the lone RBI for the Rockies in the loss while Charlie Blackmon went 2 for 4 with a double. Pat Valaika added a double as well while Daniel Murphy added a base hit as the Cardinals had just four hits as a team in the losing effort. Peter Lambert allowed one run on five hits while walking three and striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Jesus Tinoco took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year in relief. Chi Chi Gonzalez will start game one and is 0-6 with a 7.29 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. This will be Gonzalez’s second career start against St. Louis.
St. Louis is 37-17 in their last 54 games overall and 11-3 in their last 14 road games against a team with a losing record while the over is 15-7 in Wacha’s last 22 starts against the NL West. Colorado is 0-9 in Gonzalez’s las 9 starts and 16-45 in their last 61 games overall while the under is 12-5-2 in their last 19 home games. St. Louis is 43-17 in the last 60 meetings between these two teams.
I get that Wacha hasn’t been overly reliable this season, but I’m not even considering backing Colorado during this ugly stretch in which they’ve gone 3-17 in their last 20 games. Gonzalez also can’t catch a break, as the guy pitches more than six solid innings at Dodger Stadium, and the Rockies still cough it up. The Rockies have lost all 9 games that Gonzalez has pitched and all ten games that he’s appeared in. Gonzalez also allowed five runs in just over four innings against the Cardinals just a couple of weeks ago. Bottom line, the Cardinals are playing for a division while the Rockies are just counting down the days until the season ends. The price isn’t bad either given the form of both teams, so I’ll lay the juice with St. Louis on the road here.