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St. Louis vs. Colorado,
09/12/2019 15:10 EDT,
Score: 10 - 3
Money Line: -162 St. Louis
8* St. Louis (3:10 ET): The Cardinals are lucky that the Cubs are struggling in San Diego, because they've had no better luck in Denver, dropping both previous games in the series to the Rockies. This is quite the reversal of fortune considering the respective runs each team was on coming into the series. Over the previous month, they had gone 23-7 to take over the NL Central and really solidify themselves as a probable playoff participant. Meanwhile, Colorado had lost 11 of 12 coming into this series. I can't see a last place team sweeping a first place one, even if it is at home.
Usually, the problem visiting teams encounter here at Coors Field is giving up too many runs. But the St. Louis pitching staff is one of the "best in the business," having allowed the third fewest runs in MLB. And they've definitely done their job in this series, giving up only two runs in each game. The problem has been the offense failing to take advantage of the hitter friendly climate Coors provides. Both games have been 2-1 losses. For the year, the Rockies allow 6.8 rpg at home, easily the most in all of baseball. It's the bats that the Redbirds desperately need to show up today. I believe they will.
Miles Mikolas has made only one career start here in Coors and it was a disaster (gave up 12 runs), the worst of his career. But that was a different season. This version of Mikolas has pitched very well of late w/ a 2.65 ERA and 0.882 WHIP his L3 starts. He'll be facing a Colorado lineup that has scored three runs or fewer in seven straight games. Granted, five of those were on the road, but the last two weren't. Tim Melville goes for the Rockies and this will be just his fifth start of 2019. He's pitched OK in three of the previous four, but the last one at home was a struggle as he lasted only two innings and gave up five runs. The Cardinals are 30-19 in day games this season and too good to be swept by the lowly Rockies. 8* St. Louis