The Cards look to sweep the Rockies before a day off and a series against the Brewers next week.
Pitching Matchup: Marco Gonzales (2-2, 5.01) returns to the starting rotation after Mike Matheny announced that Michael Wacha (5-6, 3.14) is sitting out for precautionary reasons after making two starts off the DL. Gonzales’ last start came on August 30th against the Cubs where he went six innings, giving up one run on three hits. He got the win that day as the Cards put 13 runs on the board. He has pitched twice since then: once against the Brewers where he came in after a short outing from Wacha and picked up the win, and the other against the Reds where he came in and pitched a scoreless inning.
Jordan Lyles (6-2, 4.20) takes the mound for Rockies as he looks to replicate the solid outing he had against the Mets in his last start. He gave up one run on three hits in six innings. Lyles has received a no-decision in eight of his last 10 starts.
The Skinny: The Cards could really use a sweep of the Rockies as there are only 13 games remaining in the regular season. They have a 3.5 game lead over the Pirates and a 5 game lead over the Reds. This game is a great opportunity for Marco Gonzales to get more innings before the postseason; he may be an overlooked factor in Cards’ playoff baseball.