In the middle of the Rockies 20 games in 20 days tour, Dexter Fowler is taking a scheduled rest. Even though he seemed to be overworked yesterday as the only player with multiple hits, going 2-4 with a triple, there is nothing wrong with him. Sure, he’s hitting .404 with a .723 slugging percentage over the last 12 games, but streaks be damned, the kid needs a nap.
Tonight is the first of a four game series against the Cardinals before the team heads to Washington to play the Nats and then, presumably, sit in front of their TV’s to watch pretty much the only bright spot of a busted season so far: Carlos Gonzalez in the All-Star HR Derby and Game.
The Cardinals, tonight’s potential sweeping opponent, reining World Series Champions and the first time the teams have met this season. The teams are pretty much even in their all-time meeting statistics (81-82), but haven’t fared as well at Busch Stadium, where the Rockies are 37-44.
Last night’s loss to the Padres was the fifth time the team has been shutout this season, the third time at Coors.
The Rockies will have Josh Outman on the mound, his 15th appearance and 7th start for the team. It will be the first time he has faced the Cardinals.
St. Louis will give Kyle Lohse the ball, making his 10th start against the Rockies. He is 3-3 with a 3.51 ERA against the Rox over those 10 starts.
GAME TIME: 6:15 pm
CHANCE OF RAIN: 50% (T-Storms)