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St. Louis2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 10110
Colorado1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 370
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  W: M. Mikolas (9-13)   L: T. Melville (2-2)
12:10 PM PT1:10 PM MT2:10 PM CT3:10 PM ET15:10 ET19:10 GMT3:10 12:10 PM MST2:10 PM EST2:40 PM VEN23:10 UAE2:10 PM CT, September 12, 2019
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 27,618

Cardinals hoping to stop slide against Rockies

According to STATS
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St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies

  1. Colorado fell victim to a four-game sweep when it visited St. Louis from August 22-25, getting outscored 31-12 in the series. St. Louis has won seven of its last eight games against teams from the National League West.
  2. The Cardinals have gone 23-7 since August 9, the second-best record in MLB in that span behind only the Braves (22-6). St. Louis' pitching has a 2.89 ERA and a .618 opponent OPS since that date, both best in MLB and well ahead of second-ranked Atlanta (3.56) and Los Angeles (.689), respectively.
  3. The Rockies have lost six straight home games dating back to August 27. A loss in the series opener will tie Colorado's third-longest home losing streak in a season in franchise history (three streaks of seven). The longest streak by a Rockies team all-time is nine, in 1993, the franchise's first season.
  4. Paul Goldschmidt has 29 home runs in his maiden season with the Cardinals. Only seven players have ever hit more home runs in their first season with the Redbirds: Jim Edmonds (42 in 2000), Albert Pujols (37 in 2001), Dick Allen (34 in 1970), Carlos Beltran (32 in 2012), Lance Berkman (31 in 2011), Jedd Gyorko (30 in 2016) and Ron Gant (30 in 1996).
  5. Trevor Story has 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases this season, giving him totals of 118 and 62, respectively, for his career. Only three other players all-time have reached 100 homers and 60 steals in their first four seasons: Ryan Braun (128/63), Jose Canseco (111/71) and Orland Cepeda (122/65).
  6. Michael Wacha is allowing 2.01 home runs per nine innings this season after posting a 0.96 mark in 2018. Among pitchers with at least 15 starts in both seasons, Wacha's increase in home run rate (+1.05) is the sixth-largest.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2019 thru 9/12/2019

When the St. Louis Cardinals signed Miles Mikolas to a four-year contract extension worth $68 million in February, it was with the hope he would anchor the Cardinals' rotation.

It hasn't worked out quite that way, but the right-hander has shown flashes of his stellar 2018 campaign that earned him the offseason deal. Mikolas was 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and tied for wins in the NL last season, a heralded return to the majors after a three-year stint in Japan.

Mikolas hasn't been able to duplicate the success this year, going 8-13 with a 4.25 ERA, but if he continues to pitch like he has in his last three starts he could be a valuable piece should St. Louis hold on and reach the postseason for the first time since 2015.

He will try to build on his success when the Cardinals wrap up a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies in Denver on Thursday afternoon. Mikolas will face Colorado journeyman and feel-good story Tim Melville in the get-away game.

The Rockies won the first two games of the series by identical 2-1 scores.

Mikolas has been streaky, going a stretch of games where he has held opponents in check followed by a string of bad outings. The latest came in August when he allowed 16 runs -- 15 earned -- in 16 innings over a three-start span. But he followed that up by beating Milwaukee, giving up one run on four hits over six innings and added 10 strikeouts.

He is winless in two September starts but has fanned 12 in 11 combined innings with a 3.27 ERA. He's aware that every time he takes the ball he has a chance to prove himself.

"As a pitcher or as a hitter, a position player, you never know when you are going to have your most important moment of the season, your most important pitch, your most important at bat," Mikolas told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "So it's just be 100 percent ready and be ready to take advantage of every opportunity when it comes."

He is looking for his first win against Colorado, a team he has faced five times -- three of those starts -- and has a 6.05 ERA in those appearances. In his most recent game against the Rockies he allowed five runs over six innings in an Aug. 22 St. Louis win.

Melville was working in a barbecue restaurant in the offseason before joining the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. The Rockies signed him to a minor league deal in May and recalled him from Triple-A in late August to fill out an injury-plagued rotation.

He won his Colorado debut and has gone 2-1 with 3.66 ERA in four starts. He has faced the Cardinals just once in his career, giving up seven runs -- six earned -- in three innings in a start for Cincinnati on April 15, 2016.

Melville is more measured than when he first made it to the majors.

"The first few times I was up in the big leagues, it was definitely the bright lights and big stadiums that affected me," Melville said recently. "Since I've had a taste of that, I haven't really experienced that (awe) so far this time around. I'm enjoying the moment pitch-to-pitch right now."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 12, 2019

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