In the last of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (21-19) and the Colorado Rockies (20-19) at Busch Stadium, Michael Wacha (2-4, 3.23 ERA) and Jon Gray (1-1, 4.71 ERA) get the start. The Cardinals won the last game 2-0, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 19 and will air on FSMW and RTRM.
In his most recent outing, Wacha pitched 4.0 innings, allowing six runs (four unearned), striking out two and walking three in an 8-4 loss to the Dodgers. Aledmys Diaz (.376, 26 Rs, 6 HRs, 20 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Rockies were victorious over the Mets 5-2 the last time Gray pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out eight and walking one. Nolan Arenado (.305, 30 Rs, 13 HRs, 33 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds are Cardinals -130 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
After last game's shutout win against Colorado, the Cardinals now have three shutouts this season. The Rockies have been shut out in one game this season.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rockies have a 5-8 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 3-16. The Rockies have a 3-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Colorado ranks in the top half of the league at 13th when it comes to home runs, hitting 46 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 54.
St. Louis and Colorado both rank in the top five of the league in hits. St. Louis sits at fifth with 9.32 hits per game and Colorado ranks fourth with 9.54.
St. Louis and Colorado both rank in the top five of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. St. Louis sits at second with an OPS of .806, and Colorado ranks fifth with an OPS of .790.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 9-15. When the Cardinals allow one or more homers, they have an 11-14 record.