Jaime Garcia (3-2, 2.58 ERA) takes the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals (20-18) as they meet Chad Bettis (3-2, 4.56 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (19-18) in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 17 and will air on FSMW and RTRM.
In his last start, Garcia pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two runs (two unearned), striking out eight and walking one in a 5-2 victory over the Angels. Jeremy Hazelbaker (.281, 15 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run. The Rockies were also victorious the last time Bettis pitched. He did not do well, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up four runs and striking out eight in an 8-7 victory over the Diamondbacks. Trevor Story (.280, 25 Rs, 11 HRs, 28 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday.
The Cardinals hit the field for this one as a -185 favorite with a total of 7. Colorado is one of the surprises here in the early season and they actually have a better record on the road at 11-8 than they have at home at 8-10. The Cardinals are one of the unluckiest NL teams so far, with a Pythagorean win-loss record of 23-15 and an actual record three games below that.
Pick - STL
In their last game, the Rockies won by a margin of one run. The Cardinals are 2-5 in one-run games. The Rockies have a 3-5 record in close games.
The Cardinals are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 5-4 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 3-15. The Rockies have a 3-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking eighth in home runs, Colorado has hit 46 this season. St. Louis ranks second with 54 home runs.
Ranking 19th, Colorado is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 111 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 133.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 16-11. When the Rockies hit at least one homer, they have a 13-7 record.