The red-hot St. Louis Cardinals, fresh off two sweeps of the Cubs and Yankees, head to Colorado to take on one of the coldest teams in baseball, the Rockies.
St. Louis Cardinals Overview
Paul Goldschmidt has been the offensive star for the Cardinals in 2022, leading the team in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, RBI, and runs scored. But even as he has been the do-everything for St. Louis, right behind him is Nolan Arenado, who is second on the team in batting average, slugging, and RBI.
And this week, because of where the games are being played, it’s all about Arenado.
He is back in Coors Field, where he is still beloved by Rockies fans. The fans blame the split that sent him from Colorado to St. Louis squarely on Colorado’s front office. Arenado can still do no wrong, except perhaps beat his old team at their park.
This is his second season away from the place where he played the first eight years of his career, and as an opponent to the Rockies, he has been quite mild. Just one home run in seven career games against them and just one RBI in 26 at-bats.
You can be sure Arenado is looking to improve on those numbers beginning on Tuesday night.
Colorado Rockies Overview
The Rockies did okay over the weekend at Arizona, looking competitive and even adding one win to their season total. But they still haven’t won a series since the All-Star break, they are in last place in the National League West, and only the Nationals are a clear worst team in the National League.
Colorado is neck-and-neck with the Pirates and Reds in wins and losses, but with a much higher payroll and no clear plan to get better.
This team hits well, and scores runs, ranking first in MLB in hits and ninth in runs scored. However, the rarified air of Coors Field isn’t helping much, as they rank just 21st in home runs. Still, the offense overall is good enough to win games.
Their pitching has been the problem, and a 28th-ranked 4.95 ERA. They also rank dead last in baseball in hits allowed. They have recorded the most hits on offense, and overall their hit differential is -56. Not great.
Not great is also how you would describe the bullpen, which ranks 29th in ERA and 28th in WHIP.
Cardinals at Rockies Prediction
Scheduled to start on Tuesday for the Cardinals is Miles Mikolas, who has been their most consistent starter this season. He leads the rotation with a 2.92 ERA, and he is coming off back-to-back wins.
He beat the Cubs 4-3 and the Nationals 6-2, and in those two starts, he had 13.1 innings, five earned runs allowed, and ten strikeouts to just two walks.
For the Rockies, the scheduled starter is Ryan Feltner, who couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning in his last start, allowing eight hits and three runs in 3.2 innings against the Padres.
Feltner didn’t make any starts in July because the Rockies lost all four of his June starts, in which he totaled 16.2 innings, 26 hits allowed, and 16 earned runs.