David Hale (1-0, 4.26 ERA) and John Lackey (4-3, 2.93 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (25-30) and the St. Louis Cardinals (38-19) at Coors Field. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 8 and can be seen on FSN-MW and ROOT-RM.
Hale is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his appearances against the Cardinals, but goes up against a quality St. Louis offense which is batting .263 this season. DJ LeMahieu (.335, 25 Rs, 3 HRs, 27 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday. Lackey is 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA against the Rockies in his career. He is up against a good Colorado offense that's batting .273. Jhonny Peralta (.321, 29 Rs, 9 HRs, 34 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
St. Louis takes on Colorado as a -143 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 10 runs. The Rockies have an overall money line of -109 and a record as the underdog of 20-19. Colorado has gone 7-2 in its last 10 as underdog. The Rockies are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 63.
In the other locker room, St. Louis is coming in with an overall money line of +1,585 and an impressive record of 29-9 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 5-2 record, and a 7-3 record SU. 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 9.0 hits per game. St. Louis is excellent at drawing walks with 3.1 per game, ranking fifth in the NL. The Cardinals allow 2.8 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 1.8 runs per game during that span.
The Rockies have a 22-21 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lackey takes the mound. Hale (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a very good 30-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
Colorado has won 48% (10-11) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, St. Louis has won 72% (13-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rockies are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cardinals have a 7-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 4-19. The Cardinals have a 9-12 record when opponents outhit them.
St. Louis ranks near the bottom of the league at 26th when it comes to home runs, hitting 41 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with 63.
Ranking first in hits, Colorado has earned 9.56 per game this season. St. Louis ranks fifth with 8.96 hits.
Ranking 12th, St. Louis is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.718). Colorado ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .756.
When the Cardinals allow at least one home run, they are 15-12. When the Rockies allow one or more homers, they have a 10-20 record.