Cards lead NL Central by 3, go for sweep of Rockies today

8:44 AM, May 12, 2013   |    comments
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(KSDK Sports) -- The MLB's best winning percentage is .657 and it's owned by the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals.  Right now everything seems to be clicking for the Redbirds who will play a Mother's Day matinee Sunday afternoon at Busch, as they attempt to sweep the Rockies with a third straight shutout.

The  Cardinals have gotten back to back huge pitching performances as they shut down the Colorado Rockies once again on Saturday.

Allen Craig had three hits and Matt Carpenter, Jon Jay, Matt Holliday, and Yadier Molina each had two hits as the Cardinals scored three runs off of 13 hits.

Adam Wainwright went the distance as the starting pitcher allowed two hits and struck out seven over nine full innings to get the win and go to 5-2 on the year.

For Sunday's game the Cardinals start Jaime Garcia who has won his last three starts. For the season Garcia has allowed 43 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 31 over 44 innings of work for a 4-1 record and a 2.25 ERA.

The Colorado Rockies were near the top of the NL West standings but with their recent play and losses they are fading fast.

On Saturday only Dexter Fowler and Nolan Arenado each had hits as the Rockies were shut out on two hits. On the mound starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin allowed eight hits and two runs while striking out five over five innings to take the loss and fall to 3-2 on the season.

For Sundays game the Rockies start Jorge De La Rosa who got a win last time out to end a personal two game losing streak. For the season De La Rosa has allowed 36 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 21 over 38 innings of work for a 3-3 record and a 3.52 ERA.

St. Louis is 6-0 against a team with a winning record, 41-18 in their last 59 home games, and 5-2 in Garcia's last seven starts. Colorado is 17-36 in their last 53 games as an underdog, 1-5 in their last six games overall, and 2-8 in De La Rosa's last 10 road starts. Colorado is 2-11 in their last 13 games in St. Louis.



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