For the second straight Tuesday, the Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals are set to open a three-game series against one another. At home, the Cardinals are heavy favorites with a -235 moneyline compared to Colorado’s +190 moneyline. The game also has an over/under of 7.5 runs.
When these teams met last week, the Rockies won two of three games at Coors Field. However, that is the only series the Cardinals have lost in their last five series, as they’ve won 12 of their last 16 games. That stretch has taken St. Louis to the top of the NL Central, as the Cards currently hold a two-game lead over the Brewers.
Meanwhile, last week’s series against the Cardinals is the only series the Rockies have won since the all-star break. Colorado is just 5-9 since the all-star break but 3-3 over the past week. The Rockies currently sit at the bottom of the NL West, 15 games under .500 on the season.
Kyle Freeland will get the start in Tuesday’s series opener. In his first 22 starts of the season, the lefty is 7-8 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
However, Freeland has been far more effective on the road this year, posting a 3.53 ERA in his ten starts away from Coors Field while also allowing just four runs over his last 18.2 innings across his last three starts.
Offensively, the Rockies have been getting their act together over the past couple of weeks. Despite being shut out against the Diamondbacks on Saturday, the Rox are averaging 5.7 runs per game over their last ten games, including a 16-run explosion against the Cardinals last week.
C.J. Cron has been steady for the Rox all year, but Brendan Rodgers, Ryan McMahon, and Randal Grichuk are all red-hot at the moment, giving Colorado’s lineup plenty of depth.
Jose Quintana is set to make his third start since being traded to St. Louis at the trade deadline. In 22 starts this year, the lefty is 4-5 with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
Quintana has been dominant over his last four starts dating back to before the trade deadline, allowing just three runs over his last 24.2 innings across those three starts.
Meanwhile, the Cards have started to pick things up offensively despite a few games when they’ve been kept in check. During their 12 games in August, the Cardinals are averaging 5.3 runs per game.
While there are weaknesses in the bottom half of the lineup, Paul DeJong is raging hot right now, while Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt have been providing plenty of power over the past week.
Sing Like a Bird
While the Rockies won two of three against the Cardinals last week, Colorado has struggled on the road this year. The Cardinals are also trending in the right direction and are likely to get another quality start from Quintana. Bet on the Cardinals to keep it going and win Tuesday’s series opener.
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