The differences between the starting pitchers
The Cardinals have a young starting pitching staff and they have pitched well this season. Two of the starters that the Rockies are slated to face are Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson, on Friday and Saturday.
Flaherty, 23, has pitched to a 3.45 ERA in 25 starts with a good WHIP (1.104) with a 3.6:1 stirkeout to walk ratio.
Those numbers were not that great at the beginning of the season as in his last eight starts, Flaherty has averaged more than six innings a start and he has an ERA of 0.89 (that’s not a typo). Batters are hitting .145/.221/.231 against him in that span.
Hudson, 24, has pitched to a 3.63 ERA in 26 games (25 starts). He has an ERA of 2.25 in the month of August and he has had two consecutive 6+ inning starts without allowing a run, including 6 2/3 innings in his last start against the Brewers without allowing a hit.
For the Rockies, with the injury to Jon Gray and the likely injured list stint for Kyle Freeland, they will be putting people out there who nobody thought would be in the rotation this year with the exception of German Marquez today. Peter Lambert and Chi Chi Gonzalez will likely go on Friday and Saturday but Sunday is still a TBD with the Freeland injury.