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The St. Louis Cardinals have won six series in a row, and face an offensively potent, but on the skids, Colorado Rockies team tonight in Denver. The Rockies have only scored more than 4 runs in 3 of their last 16 games. The Rockies haven't delivered good pitching all summer, but now have 4 starters and 2 relief pitchers that are stuck on the injury list. Colorado has lost a whopping 17 of their last 20 games and 11 of their last 12. They were quoted as being "mentally tired" two weeks ago in the Denver Post, and it doesn't seem as if the have found any refreshment. The Cardinals out-scored the Rockies 31-12 in their last series in late August.
A brutal stretch approaches for the St. Louis Cardinals after this series with the Colorado Rockies with series-es against the Brewers, the Nationals, the Diamondbacks, and the Cubs --all post-season contenders. Right-hander Michael Wacha (6-6, 4.98 ERA) was used as a short-starter in his last appearance, but now has 5 full days of rest under his belt for this one. Wacha looked as if he had found a time machine up until this year as his ERA rose until 2016 but dropped again in 2017 and 2018. This year Wacha has a 4.89 ERA across 99.1 innings, compared to a 5.68 figure over 12.2 frames out of the bullpen. Since rejoining the rotation in August Wacha had posted a 3.05 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 22:7 K:BB in 20.2 innings before his last 2 inning outing. Wacha pitched against the Rockies in St. Louis on August 25 and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
The Colorado Rockies will go with right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-6, 7.29) tonight in hopes of starting some momentum headed into post season. Gonzalez grabbed a quality start in Los Angeles versus the Dodgers one week ago with 2 runs and 3 hits 6 1/3 innings, but did not factor into the decision. Before that game, Gonzelez was crushed by the Pirates for seven runs on seven hits in 2/3 of an inning, but tonight at home Gonzelez has a real opportunity to atone for his last start against the Cardinals: 5 runs on 3 hits and 6 walks while striking out two over 4 1/3 innings.
The Cardinals' bullpen has struggled over the last 3 games and 30 innings with a 1.67 WHIP and an ERA of 6.01 which is actually worse by all metrics than the Rockies over the last 3 games. Despite this, the Cardinals have an enviable ERA the past last 10 games of 2.63 but surprisingly a batting average of only .240...and a measily .227 versus right handers.
We'll try the Rockies on for size tonight at this price with the righty Gonzalez at home and look for the Rocky bats to get popping versus Macha and a lack of run support.