Cardinals Attempt to Widen Division Lead
There is no denying that the St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the hottest teams in the majors over the last two weeks. They have won seven in a row and are 9-1 in their last 10 games, recently regaining the top spot in the National League Central from Milwaukee. Perhaps the most impressive feat they accomplished was over the weekend when they handed the New York Yankees their first three-game sweep of the season.
The Rockies, meanwhile, are stuck in a season-long slump and are more than two dozen games off the lead in the NL West. At this point, the team is playing for pride but, if recent results are anything to go off, that is not enough to keep this team motivated.
Cardinals Back on Top in the NL Central
On the day of the trade deadline, the Brewers held a two-game lead in the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals responded by going on a 6-0 tear. A week after the trade deadline, the Cardinals hold a two-game lead over Milwaukee.
Aaron Judge of the Yankees is getting the lion’s share of the attention this season for his epic MVP quality season. But, the Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt is running away with the NL MVP race. He leads the league with a .332 average to go along with 26 home runs, 84 RBIs and an OPS of 1.029. All four of those figures rank Goldschmidt within the top seven of all MLB players. In six games this month, Goldy is hitting an absurd .389 with two home runs, six RBIs and six walks.
The Cardinals may need him to have a big day at the plate with a struggling Miles Mikolas on the hill for Game 1. After an impressive start to the season, Mikolas has fallen off the pace over the last month with an ERA of 3.92. He hasn’t been terrible, but did cough up 11 earned runs in his previous three games combined. The good news is that Mikolas has solid numbers against the current Rockies lineup with a .207 batting average.
Rockies Heading in Wrong Direction
While the Cardinals are on a heater, the Colorado Rockies continue to fall down the standings in the NL West. The Rockies are 3-7 in their previous 10 games and sit way off the pace at 48-63 overall. After losing two of three to the Diamondbacks on the road this weekend, Colorado is a staggering 28½ games out of first place. That doesn’t inspire much confidence as a sports bettor. Neither does Tuesday’s starter, Ryan Feltner.
Feltner was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday but did not make an appearance over the weekend. He will be filling in for Chad Kuhl, who was placed on the 10-day IL with a right hip flexor strain. Feltner will make his 10th appearance and eighth start this season. But, things haven’t gone smoothly for him with a 5.75 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 40.2 innings. Feltner is not one for going deep into games and hasn’t pitched more than three innings in a start since early June.
Cardinals vs Rockies Head-to-Head
This game marks the first time the Cardinals and Rockies will duel in 2022. The pair did meet seven times last season with the Cardinals winning the series 4-3 straight up and covering five of seven. The home team went 6-1 in those games and the under hit in all but one game between these two in 2021.
Cardinals vs Rockies Game Information
- Game: Cardinals(60-48) vs Rockies (48-63)
- Location: Coors Field, Denver, Colo.
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 8:40 p.m. ET
- Cardinals vs Rockies Live Stream: MLB.tv
Cardinals vs Rockies Betting Lines
|St. Louis Cardinals
M. Mikolas -R
|-1½ -110||-165||11 -115o||6½ -105o / 6½ -125u|
R. Feltner -R
|+1½ -110||+145||11 -105u||4½ -115o / 4½ -115u|
Cardinals vs Rockies Prediction
It wouldn’t feel great about betting against the Cardinals no matter who the opponent. They are coming off an impressive sweep of the Yankees and the Rockies are far from as good as the Bronx Bombers. Expect the Cardinals to take Game 1 handily, but there are concerns about Mikolas. With struggling pitchers duking it out in the thin Colorado air, take a chance on the over here.