Will the Cardinals complete their sweep of the Rockies when the two teams wrap things up tonight at 8:15PM ET?
The Matchup: Rockies vs. Cardinals, 8:15PM ET, Busch Stadium
Colorado has won six of its last 10 games but has dropped back-to-back games in St. Louis. Those two losses dropped the Rockies’ record to 58-44 on the year and 27-25 on the road. As for St. Louis, the Cardinals are now 5-5 over their last 10 games. Following back-to-back wins versus the Rox, St. Louis is 49-51 on the year and 28-24 at home.
According to oddsmakers, the Cards are -165 money line favorites to win tonight at home. That makes the Rockies +152 money line underdogs to pull off the upset. The total, meanwhile, is sitting at 8.5 runs.
The Pitching Matchup: Jeff Hoffman (COL) vs. Carlos Martinez (STL)
Hoffman is coming off a loss to the Pirates, who beat the Rockies 13-5 on July 21. He pitched only three innings, allowed seven runs on nine hits while walking four and striking out two. The loss dropped Hoffman’s record to 6-2 and owns a 5.10 ERA.
As for Martinez, he’s now 6-8 with a 3.34 ERA after taking a no-decision in his last start. That no-decision came in a 11-4 victory over the Cubs when the Cards broke out their bats late. Martinez was out of the game by that point, so he didn’t earn a victory and is now winless since June 16. He pitched six innings, allowed three runs (two earned) on 10 hits.
The Rockies have dropped seven of their last 10 games against the Cardinals and are 17-35 in their last 52 meetings in St. Louis. On the other side, the Cards have won four straight at home and are 4-0 in their last four games against the National League West. The Rockies have also dropped 15 of their last 18 games on the road.
Wednesday MLB Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals -165