The two highest-scoring teams in the NL lived up to the billing in last night’s series opener, combining to plate 17 runners in the contest. Let’s find out if the scoreboard operator will get another workout on Wednesday night in the Mile High City.
Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday spent five seasons playing for
the Colorado Rockies, which is probably why he’s had so much success
against them since being traded in 2008. The slugger is batting .500
with three home runs and 11 RBI in 20 at-bats in the series this year. Colorado tried to battle back from falling behind by four runs in the
top of the first inning, but ultimately suffered an 11-6 setback in the
series opener at Coors Field on Tuesday night.
Westbrook’s sinker will be the difference
starting pitcher Jake Westbrook (9-8, 3.61 ERA) has won back-to-back
home starts over the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers entering this
contest, allowing four runs (three earned) and 10 hits over 14 combined
innings. The right-hander will be facing the Rockies for the fifth time
(fourth start), posting a 3-0 record and 2.18 ERA, which includes not
serving up a home run in 20.2 frames. Westbrook leads the NL with his
2.60 ground ball to fly ball ratio.
Pomeranz (1-6, 4.99 ERA) is starting to show signs of wearing down in
his first full year in the major leagues, losing all three of his starts
since the All-Star break, compiling a 10.13 ERA and allowing opponents
to hit .356 in that span. The left-hander is 0-4 with a 4.31 ERA in six
home outings, issuing 15 walks and striking out 23 batters in 31.1
innings. Pomeranz will be facing the Cardinals for the first time in
his career—a team that leads baseball with a .283 average against
Playing on the road with an inflated total
Louis has won seven of nine games on the road when the total is 10 to
10.5 since the 2010 campaign, which includes last night’s five-run
victory. Colorado may offer little resistance, considering the club is
8-16 when serving as a host with that number, while the UNDER holds a
slight 12-11 advantage.
A rocky road as a home underdog
has limited experience at this venue, combining to throw six innings
over two appearances (one start), but he’s limited Carlos Gonzalez (1
for 6) and Todd Helton (1 for 8) over the course of his career. St.
Louis improves to 6-2 when he starts as a road favorite of -110 to -150.