MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
St. Louis0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 160
Colorado0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 x 262
  W: A. Senzatela (9-10)   L: D. Hudson (15-7)   S: J. Díaz (3)
5:40 PM PT6:40 PM MT7:40 PM CT8:40 PM ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 PM MST7:40 PM EST8:10 PM VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, September 11, 2019
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 31,931

Cardinals look to Hudson again as they face Rockies

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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

The St. Louis Cardinals have taken control of the National League Central in the second half of the season, and one of the reasons is the right arm of Dakota Hudson.

Hudson is 15-6 with a 3.40 ERA and has been nearly unbeatable since July 4, going 9-2 in 12 starts. He'll try to continue that upswing when he faces the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night in the second of a three-game series at Coors Field.

Colorado won Tuesday night's series opener, 2-1.

Hudson has made 28 career starts, all in 2019, his second year in the majors, after pitching 27 games out of the bullpen last year. He has shown he belongs in the rotation, putting up a 3.23 ERA in 11 starts since the All-Star break.

His last start was one of his most impressive, allowing just one hit in six shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. It was the fourth time in his last five starts he didn't allow a run and earned praise from St. Louis manager Mike Shildt.

"Dakota did a nice job," Shildt said after the Cardinals' 10-0 win. "Obviously six shutout innings and was in control. He did a nice job of pitching with the lead, which we staked him to in the first. A lot of quality pitches and good stuff. It was another nice, really quality outing from Dakota."

He gets his first start at Coors Field when he matches up against Colorado right-hander Antonio Senzatela. Hudson is 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in four career games against the Rockies, and he was impressive in his one start against them. He pitched two-hit ball over six shutout innings in a 6-0 St. Louis win on Aug. 24.

While Hudson has thrived over the past two months, Senzatela (8-10, 7.19) has struggled mightily. The righty owned a 4.83 ERA through June but in the six starts since then, he has a 16.15 ERA and has allowed 41 hits over 20 2/3 innings.

One of his shorter outings came Aug. 25 in St. Louis when he allowed six runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings of Colorado's loss. He will be making his sixth career start against the Cardinals, having gone 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA overall against them. He is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in two starts against them at Coors Field.

Senzatela isn't alone in his struggles on the mound. Colorado's starting staff has been hit hard all season, and the team is last in the NL in ERA (5.59). The Rockies' two-year run into the playoffs has come to a crashing halt this season, and pitching is a big reason.

Part of the problem for Colorado's arms has been their inability to finish off at-bats when they get opposing hitters into two-strike counts.

"It's just a matter of finishing (innings) off and making pitches," Rockies manager Bud Black said recently. "There's really no simple answer to it. He (Senzatela) is aware of this and he's trying to make pitches and get the third out for sure. At that moment, he has to make better pitches to get the third out. It's as simple as that."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 11, 2019

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