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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies Preview and Predictions 09-12-2019


The first-place St. Louis Cardinals are struggling mightily on the road versus the National League West this season as they try to avoid a three-game sweep to the Rockies in Colorado on Thursday afternoon. St. Louis fell to 2-9 against the division, scoring two or fewer runs in eight of the contests, after a second straight 2-1 loss at Coors Field on Wednesday.

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The Cardinals, who have won 23 of their last 32 games, led the NL Central by 3 1/2 games over the Cubs prior to the completion of Chicago's game at San Diego on Wednesday. St. Louis is 4-4 in its last eight contests despite its starters allowing two or fewer runs in each game, yielding six in 53 innings. The Cardinals' Miles Mikolas takes the ball Thursday and tries to improve on his road statistics (3-8, 5.83 ERA) as he opposes rookie Tim Melville, who makes his fifth career start. Colorado has clinched its first series victory over St. Louis since 2017 and its first of any kind since sweeping three from Miami from Aug. 16-18 before losing six straight.

TV: 3:10 p.m. ET, FS Midwest (St. Louis), AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Colorado)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Miles Mikolas (8-13, 4.25 ERA) vs. Rockies RH Tim Melville (2-1, 3.66)

Mikolas received a no-decision after permitting one run, three hits and a season-high four walks in five innings of St. Louis' 9-4 loss at Pittsburgh on Friday. The 31-year-old Florida native allowed five runs in his last three starts over 17 innings after yielding five earned runs in each of his previous three turns. Colorado's Nolan Arenado is 4-for-9 with two home runs against Mikolas, who has no record and 6.05 ERA in five games (three starts) after allowing five runs in six innings of the Cardinals' 6-5 victory Aug. 22.

Melville permitted two runs, five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of a 3-2 victory at San Diego on Friday. The 29-year-old Virginia native bounced back after enduring the worst start of his brief career, when he allowed five runs and seven hits in two innings of an 11-4 loss to Pittsburgh. Melville has yielded 19 hits with 19 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. St. Louis 1B Paul Goldschmidt is the active leader in RBIs against the Rockies with 105 after driving in a run Wednesday and is 9-for-23 with five RBIs in six games versus Colorado this season.

2. Arenado on Wednesday went 1-for-1 with three walks and is batting .336 with 16 home runs and 29 RBIs since Aug. 1. Arenado has 38 home runs and 110 RBIs this season - the same numbers he produced in 2018.

3. The Cardinals' final 16 games - nine at home - beginning Friday versus Milwaukee are all against clubs with winning records, including seven with the Cubs.

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Denver, Colorado, USA.
Capacity: 51,267

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Last Injuries

Colorado Rockies

  • Ben Bowden

    Back
    Doub March 26 | doubtful

    Bowden is dealing with a back injury, and he is not expected to be available for the season opener against the Padres.

  • Brendan Rodgers

    Shoulder
    Mid May | out

    Rodgers is recuperating from surgery to fix a torn labrum in his right shoulder, and he is not expected to make his season debut until sometime in May.

  • Tim Melville

    Ribs
    Mid April | out

    Melville is suffering from a cracked rib and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Miles Mikolas

    Arm
    Out indefinitely | out

    Mikolas is suffering from soreness in his flexor tendon in his right arm. He has received a platelet-rich plasma injection, and he is without a timetable for return.

  • Jordan Hicks

    Elbow
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Hicks is on the 60-day injured list after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He is projected to be out of commission until at least the end of July.

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st-louis-cardinals Stats 2020

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB