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On Monday evening, the Cardinals will begin a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, the clubs’ final meeting of the regular season.
The Cardinals are coming off a split of their recent four-game series at AT&T Park with the Giants, one that helped them maintain a sturdy position in the National League Wild Card race as the regular season dwindles down. Entering play on Monday, the Cardinals are one game out of the second Wild Card spot that is currently held by the Giants and two games out of the first spot that’s captained by the Mets.
In the first game of the series, left-hander Tyler Anderson will take the ball for the Rockies. Over his last two starts, Anderson has allowed seven earned runs, including five in 4.1 innings against the Diamondbacks on September 12. As a whole this season, the 26-year-old’s rookie year, Anderson is 5-5 with 91 punchouts and a 3.65 earned run average over 101 innings.
Taking the mound opposite of Anderson will be Carlos Martinez. Martinez is 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA over his last seven starts, six of which have been quality. The only start not considered quality came in his most recent outing against the Chicago Cubs on September 14, one where Martinez allowed four earned runs through six innings, including two home runs. This season as a whole, Martinez has surrendered fourteen homeruns in 177.1 innings.
Jorge De La Rosa will take the ball for the Rockies in the middle game of the three-game series at Coors Field. De La Rosa has been rocked for ten earned runs over his last couple of starts, and the subpar performance can be linked to his increased walk rate/ over his 14.1 innings, De La Rosa has issued nine walks.
The Cardinals are expected to go with Adam Wainwright. Wainwright has pitched beyond the sixth inning in just four of his nine starts dating back to August 2 and allowed fewer than four earned runs in four of them. In the span, the right-handed Wainwright is 2-4 with a 5.48 ERA.
The series finale will take place on Wednesday afternoon and should feature 21-year-old German Marquez on the hill for the Rockies. Marquez has made three relief appearances in his Major League career thus far, including his two latest, which were scoreless. Marquez was tagged fir three earned runs in his big-league debut on September 8, when the Padres did some damage off the young right-handed hurler in his 2.1 innings.
Taking the mound for the Cardinals is expected to be Luke Weaver. Weaver, after breezing through two innings, was removed from his start on Friday against the Giants with two outs in the third after being charged with six runs, none of which were earned. An error paved the way to six Giants runs and ultimately his third loss in four decisions thus far. In his seven starts at the Major League level, Weaver has pitched to a 3.21 ERA and posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 43:10.