Expectations for the Cardinals tonight are mile high as the Birds face the Colorado Rockies at 7:40 (CST) in Denver.
Coming off of an impressive 7-3 homestand, the Redbirds take on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in the first match of the series as well as the first game of a ten-game road trip. On the mound tonight is Lance Lynn. Lynn is having an exceptional year– pitching 7 wins and 5 losses with a 3.15 ERA which includes his first career complete game shutout earlier this year. He faces one of the MLB’s weaker batting orders as he hopes to hand the Rockies their seventh consecutive loss.
Lynn faces off tonight against Jhoulys Chacin (1-5, 4.53 ERA) who has also been struggling this year. By sharp contrast to the Redbirds, expectations are ice-cold for the Coor’s Field home team. Both teams have rarely faced the opposing pitcher. Against Lynn, Troy Tulowitzki is one for three. Against Chacin, Matt Holliday (a former Rocky) and Allan Craig are a combined 5 for 10 including one triple and one homer between the pair.
The Cardinals racked up an impressive twelve hits yesterday against the Phillies which could suggest a resurgence of their offense. If the Cardinal offense can produce the same numbers during the ten game road trip as they produced at home over the same amount of time, the Brewers (1st in the NL Central for now) may have to watch their backs.
The only major factor stopping Lance and the Cardinals is Troy Tulowitzki who has had a career-defining year. He is batting a .360 with 18 home runs. Unfortunately, the Cardinals are already overpaying for their Shortstop and cannot afford another one or else he would otherwise catch their eye as a trade prospect with the deadline fast appraching. If the Cards were in the market tonight’s performance would be an incredible opportunity for Troy.