Jun 5, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward (22) celebrates with left fielder Matt Holliday (7) after scoring a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 8th inning during the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s Meet The Cardinals
The Cardinals are 38-19, fresh off taking three of four games from the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. That’s notable not only for the Cards, but also because the Dodgers had thus far dominated at home in 2015.
Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez – pitchers who will both face the Rockies at Coors Field this week – each threw wonderful games against the Dodgers and both are excelling in rotation spots at the top of the staff for a very good ball club.
The Cardinals pitch very well overall – they have the best ERA in the National League – and closer Trevor Rosenthal is about as lights out as you can get in the ninth inning this year. Starter Adam Wainwright, on the 60-day DL, may not even be missed as rotation replacement Jaime Garcia has thrown very well and picked up where Wainwright left off, proving the Cardinals’ pitching depth and shoving it in all the rest of our faces.
Old friend Matt Belisle is throwing well in relief for the club, working in a middle reliever/set-up role and putting up decent numbers (1-1, 2.25, 0 HR in 23 games/24 innings).
Another old friend, Matt Holliday (you remember him!), is helping Jason Heyward and Matt Carpenter in the middle of the lineup for this club, which is now without power-hitting first baseman Matt Adams to an injury.
The Cardinals hit well overall (fourth best team batting average in the National League) but thus far, they are doing it without powers (7th in slugging percentage, 13th in home runs) or speed (12th in stolen bases). The club is first in the league in doubles, though, pounding out 110 of them over their first 57 games this season.
As much as we all hate the Cardinals around baseball, this will be a very tough series for the Rockies, and anything better than an outright Cardinals’ sweep would be a somewhat optimistic prediction. We’ll see you tonight for game one.