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That St. Louis Cardinals go out to Rocky Mountain country to play the first game of a four-game at Coors Field mod Colorado Rockies Thursday evening. The Cardinals are scheduled to send veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright to the mound for his 16th start, while the Rockies count on third-year righteous Antonio Senzatela.
Wainwright Wonderful Again
Adam Wainwright won the victory on Saturday after allowing a run of six hits over six innings, while knocking out eight during the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Pirates in his last appearance. The 39-year-old veteran was very sharp Saturday and generated a 30 percent CSW (called strikes plus whiffs) according to baseballsavant.com. Wainwright has thrown five consecutive quality starts and carries a 3.59 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 92 2/3 innings in this matchup with the Rockies. Opposite hits hit .225 against Wainy, with a .372 slugging percentage over 15 starting this season.
Offensively, St.Louis has been among the least productive in the Majors. They rank the bottom ten in races, percentage by base, slugging and average for team strokes. Expect their offense to evolve as Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado wake up from their early season. Nolan came to life in June and hits a respectable .270 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs through 78 starts at third base.
Rockies Pitching Woes
The Rockies are expected to send right-handed Antonio Senzatela to the mound, but that may change from this release. In his final start against the Brewers, he gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings of work. The right hand will carry an overwhelming 4.76 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into this home tilt with the Cardinals. Opposing smashers hit a screaming .295 with a .453 slugging percentage over 15 starting this season. Although he is routinely abused this season, he has beaten relatively well at home and only given up seven earned runs during his last four starts at Coors.
Colorado has been terrible in the pitching department through the first three months of the season. They rank the bottom five in staff-ERA, WHIP, strikes, average for blows and go as in the game Wednesday afternoon. Although Coors Field is blowing up to both sides’ batting numbers, Colorado is still giving up a whopping 5.04 runs per game. Match. Fortunately, they register 5.79 runs per. Match at home, which is best in the Majors.
- The Rockies are 8-2 in their last 10 home games
- All trends found on oddshark.com
- Cardinals are 3-6 in their last nine games
- Cardinals are 4-8 in their last 12 games overall