Chad Bettis (2-0, 2.70 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (27-30) square off against Carlos Martinez (6-2, 2.94 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (38-21) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Coors Field. The Rockies won the last game 4-3 and Colorado leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 3:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 10 and can be seen on FSN-MW and ROOT-RM.
Bettis is 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA in his appearances against the Cardinals, and goes up against a quality St. Louis offense which is batting .261 this season. DJ LeMahieu (.350, 28 Rs, 3 HRs, 29 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI. Martinez is 0-0 with a 14.54 ERA when pitching against the Rockies. He is up against a good Colorado offense which is hitting .276 this season. Jhonny Peralta (.315, 30 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
St. Louis is a narrow -110 favorite over Colorado. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 10 runs. The Rockies have an overall money line of -83 and a record as the underdog of 21-19. Colorado has gone 6-2 in its last 10 as underdog. The Rockies have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.9 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.6 runs per game. The Rockies are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 179.
In the other locker room, St. Louis is coming in with an overall money line of +1,594 and an impressive record of 29-10 as the favorite. Offensively, the Cardinals have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 2.8 during that stretch. The Cardinals are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the NL with 8.9 hits per game. St. Louis is excellent at drawing walks with 3.1 per game, ranking fifth in the NL. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the Cardinals have the fifth-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.8 walks allowed per game.
The Rockies have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Rockies have a 23-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Martinez takes the mound. Bettis (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a very good 31-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
The Cardinals lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rockies are 9-10. The Cardinals are 11-10 in close games this season.
The Cardinals are 5-3 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rockies are 1-4 in such matchups.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rockies have a 14-22 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 4-19. The Cardinals have a 9-14 record when opponents outhit them.
St. Louis ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 45 this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 66.
Ranking first in hits, Colorado has earned 9.54 per game this season. St. Louis ranks fifth with 8.95 hits.
Ranking 13th, St. Louis is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.717). Colorado ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .762.
When the Cardinals allow at least one home run, they are 15-14. When the Rockies allow one or more homers, they have a 12-20 record.