St. Louis Cardinals: Looking at the rest of May

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Apr 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of Coors Field in the third inning of the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies: May 26-28 (Away)

Sandwiched between the two Dodgers series are the Rockies, who sit atop the NL West Division. One of the most surprising teams in baseball has been able to stay hot and I’m sure will look to continue it success late into May. That is if the Cardinals have anything to say about it.

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Pitching match ups are slightly too far out to project for all three games, but the Rockies starting pitching has been able to keep them in games. Does it help playing in Coors Field? Sure, but it does so for both teams. If the Rockies are still playing good baseball, the Cardinals should be put on notice.

The Rockies lineup is pretty solid and by the time the two teams meet, Ian Desmond and David Dahl should be back from injury. Call me crazy, but I don’t think the Cardinals lineup is nearly as good as the Rockies.

Currently, the Rockies have former-Cardinal Mark Reynolds setting the team curve in batting average for players with greater than 100 at-bats. Reynolds currently holds a slash of .307/.366/.594.

In terms of power, the Rockies have Nolan Arenado close on Reynolds’ heels for the team slugging numbers for players with greater than 100 at-bats. Arenado is slashing- at the time of this writing- .288/.347/.586. The Cardinals would be wise to work carefully when facing Reynolds and Arenado.

I’ll give the Rockies two games in this series, mainly due to being at Coors Field.

Cardinals May Record: 15-12

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So by my guess, the Cardinals will finish with a record of 15-12 in May. That would put them at 28-25. Is that good enough to be in first place? Probably not. That’s why the Cubs series is so important. Win those games and maybe the Cardinals are in first or close to it. Either way, the Cardinals need to continue to play better baseball. It seems they have found some footing.