Rock out: Cardinals have absolutely dominated Colorado at Busch
Getting blanked in back-to-back games by the white flag-waving Cincinnati Reds isn't a good look for the best team in baseball, but the St. Louis Cardinals have a good shot at turning things around rather quickly with the Colorado Rockies in town for a four-game set.
The Cardinals haven't dropped a home series to the Rockies in over six years, dominating the matchup in nearly every way possible.
Rockies vs. Cardinals in St. Louis Since 2010
|Runs per game||2.0||4.2|
In fact, the Rockies have scored just one more run in their last 17 games in St. Louis as they did when they swept four from the Cards at Busch Stadium in 2009.
Rockies' Run-Scoring Breakdown vs. Cardinals in St. Louis Since 2009
|2009||33 (4 games)|
|Since 2010||34 (17 games)|
With Carlos Martinez on the hill for the Cardinals on Thursday night in the opener, a win is a near certainty with the chart below as a barometer.
2015's Best MLB Team Records When Pitcher Starts Game
|STL when Carlos Martinez starts||15-3 (.833)|
|PIT when Gerrit Cole starts||15-5 (.750)|
|STL when Michael Wacha starts||14-5 (.737)|
|Rays when Erasmo Ramirez starts||11-4 (.733)|
Matt Holliday re-aggravated his right quad in Wednesday night's loss, and may be out for another stint. The Cardinals have been far better with him in the starting lineup this season than without.
2015 Cardinals With/Without Holliday in Starting Lineup
|Record||41-21 (.661)||23-16 (.590)|
|Runs per game||4.0||3.8|
The Rockies scored just two runs Wednesday -- something that could happen at least once in this series as well.
MLB Teams, Most Times Allowing 2 or Fewer Runs in 2015
|St. Louis Cardinals||57|
|Tampa Bay Rays||47|
|Kansas City Royals||45|
|New York Mets||44|
The Rockies have allowed two or fewer runs just 21 times this season -- fewest in MLB.