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The St. Louis Cardinals are on the West Coast Monday to open a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants. St Louis was defeated by the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Saturday in the 3rd game of four between the two at Coors Field. St.Louis is 41-43 and has dropped to fourth place in the National League Central 10 games behind the red-hot first-place Milwaukee Brewers. St Louis has lost two of his last three since sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game series. St Louis has six pitchers on its injury list, including Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson and Miles Mikolas, while position players Max Moroff and Tyler O’Neill remain out.
San Francisco defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 on Saturday for their second straight win after losing four straight. The Giants remained in first place in the National League West, but have only a half-game lead over the growing Los Angeles Dodgers. San Francisco is hard hit with injuries and the Giants continue to play without Brandon Belt, Tommy La Stella, Evan Longoria, Reyes Moronta, Aaron Sanchez, Mike Tauchman and Logan Webb.
The Cardinals Bats, who beat St. Louis down
That St Louis Cardinals was first in the National League Central earlier this season but is now in fourth place and 10 games behind first. One of the reasons for the Cardinals’ lack of success too late has been the lack of production on the record. St Louis has a team-stroke average of .227, which is 27th in baseball, and it is the slugging percentage 26th at .377. The Cardinals have pushed 332 runs over the plate this season, which is only 25th in baseball. Offseason acquisition Nolan Arenado has been the state king of St. Louis. Louis. The third baseman leads St. Louis in a stroke average of .265, home runs with 16 and RBIs with 52.
St.Louis is not strong enough on the mound to compensate for the Cardinals’ inability to strike. The Cardinals are 17th in team ERA at 4.22, 21st in WHIP at 1.36, and opposing hitters have an average of .231 on the plate against the Cardinals pitching, which is 12th in baseball. Adam Wainwright leads the Cardinals on strike with 96 and injured ace Jack Flaherty is leading in wins by eight. The Cardinals pass the ball to Kwang Hyun Kim on Monday. The South Korean left-hander is 2-5 with a 3.79 ERA and 50 strikes.
Fighter clings to first place
That San Francisco Giants has seen a 4-point lead down to just half a game of the glowing Los Angeles Dodgers. San Francisco stays, however, as the Giants have won two just over the Arizona Diamondbacks after losing the opening game of their three-game series to Arizona on Thursday. San Francisco continues to perform well on the mound as the Giants have the second-best team ERA in baseball at 3.26. San Francisco is first in the WHIP at 1.10, and the Giants hold opposing hitters to an average of .218 on the plate, which is third best in baseball. San Francisco will pass the ball to Kevin Gausman, who has been the Giants’ best starter this season. Gausman is 8-2 and leads San Francisco with wins by 8, ERA by 1.68 and strikeouts by 116.
San Francisco is 11th in baseball in the team’s stroke average of .243, 5th in slugging percentage at .435, and the Giants have scored the sixth most runs with 405. Brandon Crawford leads the Giants in home runs with 17 and has the team’s best 52 RBIs. Mike Yastrzemski does not hit an average of just .228, but has jumped back from a slow start and leads the Giants in double with 19 and has hit 12 home runs and run in 31 runs.
- San Francisco is 8-1 in the last nine against a team from NL Central
- The fighters are 12-5 in the last 17
- St.Louis is 3-13 in the last 16 on the road
- The Cardinals are 1-5 in the last six against a team with a winning record