St. Louis Cardinals versus Colorado Rockies (September 11)
The Cardinals lead the NL Central as they take on the Rockies, who are bringing up the rear in the NL West.
Dakota Hudson is scheduled to start on the mound for the Cardinals and Antonio Senzatela is set to pitch for the Rockies.
Offensively, the Cardinals have been steady but not spectacular.
Paul Goldschmidt leads the team in the power department with 29 home runs, while Paul DeJong and Marcell Ozuna have each added 26 home runs.
The attack is balanced with eight players having hit at least 10 home runs.
As a team the Cardinals have hit 177 home runs and average 4.7 runs per game.
The Rockies have more firepower, led by Nolan Arenado’s 38 home runs.
Trevor Story adds to a power duo with 30 home runs.
Charlie Blackmon is the best overall hitter with a .319 average and 27 home runs.
Ryan McMahon had added to the team’s 188 home runs with 20 of his own.
The Rockies are averaging above the league average in runs at 5.1 per game.
On the mound, Dakota Hudson has a very good 3.40 ERA with a 15-6 record.
He’s allowed 20 home runs in 153 2/3 innings with 70 walks.
Closer Carlos Martinez has done a fine job with 19 saves and an ERA just under three.
Frequently used John Brebbia and Geovanny Gallegos have combined to an ERA of 2.53 in 131 2/3 innings.
Antonio Senzatela has struggled for much of the season, posting an ERA of 7.19 in 102 2/3 innings.
He’s struck out only 57 and allowed 15 home runs. The bullpen hasn’t been great either.
Carlos Estevez has been solid with a 3.95 ERA in 66 innings, however Chad Bettis and Bryan Shaw have combined to an ERA of 5.73 in 132 innings.
As a team, the Rockies have allowed nearly six runs per game.
The Cardinals look to feast off Senzatela’s troubles and a bullpen that has given up way too many runs.
Colorado should be able to get to Hudson via the long ball, however the Cardinals’ bullpen will be much more difficult to score against.
In a high scoring battle, St. Louis should have enough to come out on top.
Call the game for the Cardinals by a 8-6 score.