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Know Your Foe #28: Cardinals Flock To Coors Field For First Series This Season

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St. Louis Cardinals (45-37, 2 GB, 2nd NL Central, 0.5 GB Wild Card)

2009 Record Vs. Rockies: 1-6.

The Rockies really dominated this series last year. The Rockies played the first series on the road and won 11-4, 10-1, 7-2, and 5-2. This was during the beginning of June when the Rockies started that nice run a few games into Jim Tracy's tenure as manager. The two teams didn't meet again until the end of September, and it was a much closer series this time. The Rockies dropped the middle game of the series, but won close games in the other two (2-1, 4-3).

Last Two Series Results: 2-1 series victory over the D'Backs, 2-2 series split with Brewers.

The Cards mounted a comeback against the D'Backs in the first game of their series. Dan Haren allowed five runs and pitched into the ninth. Aaron Heilman entered the game and blew the lead and took the loss. The Cards took advantage of Dontrelle Willis the next night and not much else needs to be said about that.

The Brewers and Cards alternated losses during the weekend series. Tuesday's starter Blake Hawksworth took the loss on Thursday, allowing three runs in six innings. Jaime Garcia pitched seven scoreless innings the next night in what turned into a 5-0 Cards victory. Chris Carpenter was roughed up for eight runs in three innings on Saturday.

Tuesday-Thursday: 3-game series @ Coors Field

Tuesday, 6 July 2010 @ 6:40pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Blake Hawksworth 2-5 24 3 0 0 0 0 43.0 55 29 24 7 15 30 5.02 1.63


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jeff Francis 2-3 9 9 0 0 0 0 54.0 59 30 28 2 12 27 4.67 1.31

 

Wednesday, 7 July 2010 @ 6:40pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jaime Garcia 8-4 18 16 0 0 0 0 94.1 76 26 22 4 39 77 2.10 1.22


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Aaron Cook 3-5 20 16 2 0 0 0 94.2 98 54 49 6 39 43 4.66 1.45

 

Thursday, 8 July 2010 @ 1:10 pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Chris Carpenter 9-2 18 18 0 0 0 0 119.2 109 48 42 14 36 105 3.16 1.21


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ubaldo Jimenez 14-1 17 17 3 2 0 0 119.0 84 30 30 6 44 107 2.27 1.08

Expected Lineup

 

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Felipe Lopez 3B 0.272 0.348 0.402 0.750 0.130 0.322 0.338
Colby Rasmus OF 0.278 0.369 0.547 0.916 0.269 0.351 0.391
Albert Pujols 1B 0.305 0.413 0.567 0.981 0.262 0.296 0.409
Matt Holliday OF 0.298 0.374 0.493 0.867 0.195 0.326 0.380
Jonathan Jay OF 0.319 0.333 0.511 0.844 0.191 0.361 0.367
Skip Schumaker 2B 0.255 0.316 0.327 0.643 0.072 0.286 0.289
Yadier Molina C 0.229 0.309 0.302 0.611 0.073 0.249 0.278
Pitcher -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Tyler Greene SS 0.257 0.316 0.514 0.830 0.257 0.241 0.366

 

Nick Stavinoha and Brendan Ryan could take the place of Jay and Greene during this season, but La Russa is playing the hot bats right now.

Bench

 

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Aaron Miles Util 0.300 0.344 0.367 0.710 0.067 0.333 0.320
Nick Stavinoha OF 0.275 0.318 0.375 0.693 0.100 0.364 0.310
Jason LaRue C 0.205 0.286 0.364 0.649 0.159 0.194 0.293
Randy Winn OF 0.245 0.305 0.340 0.645 0.094 0.302 0.291
Brendan Ryan SS 0.198 0.267 0.292 0.560 0.094 0.230 0.257

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ryan Franklin 3-0 30 0 0 0 15 1 33.1 28 8 8 1 5 19 2.16 .99

 

Injuries


St. Louis Cardinals Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brad Penny upper-back 05/22/2010
Ryan Ludwick calf 06/26/2010
David Freese ankle 06/28/2010

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kyle Lohse forearm 05/23/2010