There are 10 games on the MLB docket today with nine of them taking place tonight. Several series are wrapping up this evening, while others are just getting started. For tonight’s featured pick, our focus will be on one of the contests in the latter category.
The Colorado Rockies will be in St. Louis for the opener of a four-game weekend set with the Cardinals. Both clubs enter tonight’s game with records of 3-2 over the last five games. Colorado picked up a victory in its last game, while the St. Louis came up short on Wednesday.
The Cardinals have plenty to play for as a team in the thick of the playoff chase, while the Rockies are among the also-rans in the National League. Let’s take a closer look at the series opener for these two squads which are headed in opposite directions.
Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:45 PM EST, FSMW
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Rockies vs. Cardinals Pick:
Colorado opened up the week in Arizona for a three-game set with the Diamondbacks. After dropping the first two games by a combined score of 13-10, they bounced back for a 7-2 win on Wednesday. Charlie Blackmon was among the heroes with a two-RBI night.
St. Louis was home to begin the week taking two of three over the Milwaukee Brewers. They won the first two games by a combined score of 12-4 but fell 5-3 in the finale. Weather halted yesterday’s game after eight innings. Mike Moustakas smashed a three-run shot for the victors.
Last weekend, the Cardinals were in Cincinnati for four with the Reds. They earned a split in the series, winning the final game by a score of 5-4. The Rockies spent the weekend in Miami sweeping three from the Marlins by a combined score of 21-10.
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This series will close out a seven-game road trip for the Rockies. They’re 1-2 so far and a poor 25-40 in away games on the year. The club has fared a lot better at home with a mark of 33-29 for the season. After this series wraps up, they’ll be home for the next seven games.
Colorado is a respectable 6-4 over the last 10 games. However, the club is just 1-4 for its last five series. The team’s run differential stands at -59 for the year. They’ve scored 678 runs, which is good enough for 4th in the NL, but they have also given up a league-worst 737 runs.
The Cardinals are closing out a seven-game homestand with this set. They’re 2-1 so far and a solid 36-24 on the home field for the season. On the road, the club checks in at 31-34. St. Louis will be on the road for three before returning home after this series wraps up.
The team has been playing well of late with a record of 7-3 over its last 10 outings. For the last five series, St. Louis is 3-1-1. The run differential is +34, which is 6th in the NL. The club is just a half-game behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central and currently holds down a Wild Card spot.
The Rockies have the overall statistical edge at the plate, but let’s not forget that the stats are inflated by the team’s run-happy home field. Blackmon is batting .330 to lead Colorado. Nolan Arenado tops the team with 31 homers and 96 RBIs. Kolten Wong is batting .275 to lead St. Louis. Paul Goldschmidt is the team leader with 28 HRs and 68 ribbies.
Marquez has respectable stats on the year when you consider where his home field is located. He has wins in his last two outings in a row. Last time out, he gave up two earned runs over five innings in a win over the Marlins. Mikolas has been roughed up for 10 total earned runs over his last two appearances. He gave up five earned runs over five innings in a loss to the Reds last time out.
The Cardinals have a clear advantage when the relievers get involved and one of the better bullpens in MLB. Marquez has lasted five innings or more in nine of his last 10 games. Mikolas has been able to hit that mark in each of his last 10 starts, but he has losses in three of his last four outings.
Tonight’s game will mark the first meeting of these two clubs this season. They’ll also be hooking up for a three-game set in Colorado next month.
The Cardinals are the better overall team on paper. They’re playing well with a mark of 7-3 over the last 10 games and a team which is in the midst of a playoff push. The Rockies are slogging through a season in which they currently occupy the basement in the NL West.
St. Louis has the bullpen edge, and that’s a good thing based on the recent performance of Mikolas. We have a serious problem trusting a starter who has allowed five earned runs in back-to-back starts. The Rockies bats have been productive over the last two games with 14 total runs, so they have a shot to continue that tonight.
St. Louis should win the series, but the Rockies can certainly steal one tonight. We like Colorado to get the victory.