Michael Wacha (8-1, 2.18 ERA) takes the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals (38-20) as they go up against Jorge De La Rosa (2-2, 6.15 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (26-30) in the second of a three-game series at Coors Field. The Rockies won the last game 11-3 and Colorado leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 9 and will air on FSN-MW and ROOT-RM.
De La Rosa has a 4.69 ERA and a 6-4 record in his career against the Cardinals, and is up against a strong St. Louis offense that's hitting .263 on the year. Troy Tulowitzki (.310, 30 Rs, 7 HRs, 32 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Rockies, Wacha is 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA, seven strikeouts and zero walks.
Colorado is a +126 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Rockies are 20-19 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -214. They are 6-2 as the underdog over their last 10 games. The Rockies rank fifth in the majors in home runs with 65.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Cardinals come into this game with a solid win percentage of .763 when playing as the favorite (29-9) and an overall money line of +1,735. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.8 runs per game, below their 4.0 season average. One of the top hitting teams in the NL are the Cardinals, who average 9.0 hits per game. The Cardinals average 3.1 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the NL. St. Louis's pitching staff has allowed an average of 1.7 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 2.8.
The only other game between the two teams went Colorado's way. This game will feature Wacha (RHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 22-22 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Cardinals will be the left-hander De La Rosa. They sport a 7-6 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
St. Louis recorded at least two errors for the ninth time 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 one walk during their last outing. The Rockies have a 7-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 26-7. The Rockies have a 20-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, St. Louis has earned 233 this season. Colorado ranks sixth with 257 runs.
Ranking 29th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 123 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top half at 13th with 178.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 23-15. When the Cardinals hit at least one homer, they have a 23-7 record.