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Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals Preview and Predictions 08-25-2019


The St. Louis Cardinals look for a third straight scoreless outing from their starting pitcher when they send Michael Wacha to the mound Sunday afternoon as they go for a four-game sweep of the visiting Colorado Rockies. The Cardinals extended their lead in the National League Central to 1 1/2 games over the Chicago Cubs after Dakota Hudson tossed six scoreless frames in a 6-0 victory Saturday.

Paul Goldschmidt is 5-for-12 in the series after launching a solo homer in Saturday's victory, moving within one of reaching 30 for the fifth time in seven years, and teammate Marcell Ozuna is 9-for-17 during a five-game hitting streak with seven RBIs in the past three. Wacha tries to keep the run going for St. Louis, which has won 12 of its last 15 contests, while the Rockies are expected to hand the ball to fellow right-hander Antonio Senzatela after he is recalled from the minors. Colorado has dropped five of its last six games and is just 9-for-61 at the plate in the last two after leading the majors with a .295 batting average in August through Thursday's contests. Trevor Story returned the lineup Saturday after a day off and is 29-for-78 with seven doubles and six homers in August for the Rockies, who are mired in last place in the NL West.

TV: 2:15 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Colorado), FS Midwest (St. Louis)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Antonio Senzatela (8-7, 6.29 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (6-6, 5.22)

Senzatela returns to the majors for the first time since last month when he allowed 21 runs on 21 hits across 11 innings in three straight rough starts. Goldschmidt is 3-for-13 with a homer and a double against the 24-year-old Venezuelan, who is 1-2 with a 4.84 ERA in four career starts versus the Cardinals. Senzatela, who had a career-best 10 wins with the Rockies in 2017, was 1-1 with a 5.77 ERA in seven starts with Triple-A Albuquerque.

Wacha is winless in his last five outings after allowing three hits and a walk over four scoreless innings before getting pulled versus Milwaukee on Tuesday. The 28-year-old Texas A&M product has given up 10 runs on 24 hits across 20 1/3 innings during his winless stretch without completing more than five frames. Charlie Blackmon is 5-for-14 with an RBI against Wacha, who is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA at home this year and 1-1 with a 5.18 mark lifetime versus Colorado.

WALK-OFFS

1. Blackmon is just 1-for-12 in the series but is batting .333 this month with six homers and 10 RBIs.

2. St. Louis C Yadier Molina needs two RBIs to reach 900 in his career and two walks for 500.

3. The Rockies have lost six of the last seven against the Cardinals, whom they host on Sept. 10-12.

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Last Injuries

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Matt Wieters

    Calf
    Out indefinitely | out

    Wieters has received an anti-inflammatory shot for a left calf strain, and there is currently no timetable for return.

  • Matt Carpenter

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Carpenter is unlikely to play Sunday against the Brewers as he is to be rested.

  • Brett Cecil

    Hand
    Late Sept | 60-day IL

    Cecil has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to left hand Carpal Tunnel syndrome and is expected to be out of action until the end of September.

  • Paul Goldschmidt

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Goldschmidt is likely to be absent from the starting lineup against the Rockies on Thursday as he is expected to be given a day of rest.

  • Lane Thomas

    Wrist
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Thomas has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a fractured right wrist. He is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

Colorado Rockies

  • Daniel Murphy

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Murphy is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Padres as he will receive a routine day of rest.

  • Mike Tauchman

    Calf
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Tauchman is on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 left calf strain and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, effectively ending his season.

  • Raimel Tapia

    Knee
    Out Sat | out

    Tapia has missed the previous three games due to a sore right knee and will not play Saturday against the Padres.

  • Raimel Tapia

    Knee
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Tapia sat out the previous game due to a right knee contusion, and it is unclear if he will face the Padres on Friday.

  • Daniel Murphy

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Murphy is likely to be absent from the starting lineup against the Cardinals on Thursday as he is expected to be given a day of rest.

  • Carlos Estevez

    Back
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Estevez left the last game due to back spasms, and his availability against the Cardinals on Wednesday is up in the air.

  • Kyle Freeland

    Groin
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Freeland has been moved to the 10-day injured list due to strained left groin muscle. It is uncertain if he will be available before the end of September.

  • German Marquez

    Arm
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Marquez has been added to the 10-day injured list with right arm inflammation. He is in jeopardy of missing the remainder of the season.

st-louis-cardinals Stats 2019

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
John Brebbia 57 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Ryan Helsley 18 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Lane Thomas 34 4 38 6 12 0 1 4 12 26 1 8 1 .316 .684 .409
Kolten Wong 144 130 464 61 133 25 4 11 59 199 22 80 2 .287 .429 .364
Tommy Edman 79 62 273 45 77 15 4 9 30 127 12 49 1 .282 .465 .317
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
Andrew Miller 65 0 143 64 7 38 10 1 27 0 0 1 26 872
John Brebbia 61 0 206 83 3 52 5 1 26 0 0 1 23 1133
John Gant 60 0 193 57 0 48 4 1 27 0 0 1 31 1063
Tyler Webb 59 0 147 44 2 33 7 3 23 0 0 3 23 820
Giovanny Gallegos 58 0 202 88 3 39 7 2 16 0 0 2 14 1025
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Yadier Molina 101 96 0 17 7 1 0 4
Matt Wieters 59 40 0 10 8 1 0 2
Andrew Knizner 17 13 0 1 3 1 0 0
Carlos Martinez 35 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Dakota Hudson 27 26 0 0 0 2 0 0

colorado-rockies Stats 2019

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
Charlie Blackmon 129 125 540 104 171 41 7 28 78 310 2 97 4 .317 .574 .362
Nolan Arenado 146 142 550 97 173 30 2 40 116 327 2 85 2 .315 .595 .380
Peter Lambert 17 17 26 3 8 0 0 0 2 8 0 10 0 .308 .308 .379
David Dahl 100 92 374 67 113 28 5 15 61 196 4 110 4 .302 .524 .353
Trevor Story 134 133 547 106 163 35 5 32 80 304 20 154 8 .298 .556 .358
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
Bryan Shaw 67 0 208 57 5 68 12 1 43 0 0 5 28 1155
Carlos Estevez 67 0 204 77 1 67 11 1 33 0 0 2 22 1179
Jairo Diaz 50 0 151 58 2 48 7 0 27 0 0 4 15 767
Scott Oberg 49 0 168 58 0 39 5 2 18 0 0 3 23 898
Wade Davis 49 0 127 42 2 48 7 0 38 0 0 13 28 820
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Tony Wolters 110 95 0 39 22 1 0 5
Chris Iannetta 52 38 0 19 4 3 0 2
Tom Murphy 68 64 1 16 11 3 0 3
Dom Nunez 11 9 0 8 1 0 0 1
Antonio Senzatela 21 21 0 0 0 2 0 0