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Know Your Foe #51: Cardinals welcome reeling Rockies with open arms to close out 2010

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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (82-76, 2nd in NL Central)

Last Series vs. Rockies: July 6-8, 2010 (0-3 series loss at Coors Field)

Perhaps THE high point of Colorado's season - as well as what was perhaps the lowest point in that of the Cardinals - came in the opening game of the series, in which the Rockies stormed back from a 9-1 deficit to win 12-9. The second game didn't go without some LoDo magic either, as the Cardinals squandered leads of 5-0 and 7-4 on their way to a second straight defeat via walk-off home run. The finale featured two of the NL's best pitchers - at the time, at least - as Chris Carpenter and Ubaldo Jimenez squared off. Jimenez won the battle, going eight innings and allowing a run on three hits while striking out six as the Rockies won 4-2, garnering a sweep in the process. The Cardinals' notable offensive performers included Matt Holliday (6-for-13, 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI) and Jon Jay (6-for-10, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI). Albert Pujols was relatively held in check, as he was 3-for-13 in the series, with two doubles.

Last Two Series Results: W 2-1 at Chicago (NL), W 2-1 vs. Pittsburgh

The Cards have played better of late despite faltering immensely down the stretch. Over the past couple of series, their offense has been led by Pujols (as usual), with his 1.386 OPS, and backup catcher Matt Pagnozzi, who has posted a 1.300 OPS. Despite Colorado's recent troubles, the upcoming series doesn't look favorable for St. Louis, as they won't be getting starts from Adam Wainwright or Jaime Garcia - both of whom have been terrific on the mound in 2010.

Thursday-Sunday: 4-game series @ Busch Stadium

Expected Pitching Match-ups

Thursday, 30 September 2010 @ 6:15 p.m. MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jason Hammel 10-8 29 29 0 0 0 0 174.2 193 92 90 18 47 140 4.64 1.37


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Chris Carpenter 15-9 33 34 0 0 0 0 226.0 210 98 83 21 61 175 3.31 1.20

Friday, 1 October 2010 @ 6:15 p.m. MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jorge De La Rosa 8-6 19 19 0 0 0 0 114.2 100 59 54 15 51 112 4.24 1.32


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jake Westbrook 3-4 11 11 0 0 0 0 67.1 66 31 29 5 23 46 3.88 1.32

Saturday, 2 October 2010 @ 11:10 a.m. MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ubaldo Jimenez 19-8 32 32 4 2 0 0 213.2 161 73 71 10 90 204 2.99 1.17


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Kyle Lohse 4-8 20 17 0 0 0 0 85.0 126 75 67 9 31 49 7.09 1.85

Sunday, 3 October 2010 @ 12:15 p.m. MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Esmil Rogers 2-2 32 7 0 0 0 1 68.0 87 55 47 5 25 64 6.22 1.65


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jeff Suppan 2-6 14 12 0 0 0 0 64.1 75 32 30 9 24 28 4.20 1.54

Expected Lineup

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Skip Schumaker 2B .263 .329 .339 .669 .076 .294 .300
Jon Jay RF .298 .358 .421 .779 .123 .348 .340
Albert Pujols 1B .313 .414 .600 1.015 .287 .298 .420
Matt Holliday LF .311 .388 .536 .925 .225 .329 .398
Colby Rasmus CF .276 .360 .501 .861 .225 .354 .366
Daniel Descalso 3B .269 .345 .346 .691 .077 .304 .323
Yadier Molina C .262 .329 .342 .671 .080 .281 .299
Brendan Ryan SS .221 .275 .291 .567 .070 .251 .252

 

Bench

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Bryan Anderson C .281 .314 .344 .658 .063 .346 .292
Steven Hill C .333 .333 1.333 1.667 1.000 .000 .687
Matt Pagnozzi C .333 .357 .519 .876 .185 .381 .380
Pedro Feliz 3B .214 .233 .259 .492 .045 .225 .219
Tyler Greene Util .228 .331 .337 .667 .109 .273 .296
Mark Hamilton IF .200 .200 .200 .400 .000 .286 .179
Aaron Miles IF .291 .322 .328 .650 .037 .320 .285
Allen Craig OF .243 .295 .417 .712 .175 .273 .303
Joe Mather OF .204 .232 .278 .510 .074 .256 .231
Nick Stavinoha OF .261 .290 .345 .635 .084 .322 .283
Randy Winn OF .255 .312 .390 .702 .132 .277 .314


Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ryan Franklin 6-2 58 0 0 0 26 2 64.0 57 25 25 7 10 41 3.52 1.05

 

Injuries


St. Louis Cardinals Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Nick Stavinoha knee 09/30/2010

15-Day

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

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jason LaRue concussion 08/04/2010
Adam Ottavino shoulder 09/29/2010