Adam Wainwright will try to continue his mastery of the Rockies when the St. Louis Cardinals host Colorado on Sunday.
The right-hander (1-3, 4.72 ERA this season) is 10-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 15 career outings against the Rockies, including 11 starts.
The Cardinals will be looking to sweep the three-game series at Busch Stadium. They won the first two games 5-0 and 9-8 — and they have won eight of their past 10 games overall.
The Rockies are 2-13 on the road this season and they have lost 24 of their past 28 games at Busch Stadium.
Wainwright is coming off of his second-worst outing of the year. He allowed five runs on seven hits, three walks and a hit batter in 5 2/3 innings but nonetheless got the win against the New York Mets.
That start came in the midst of Wainwright dealing with COVID-19 hitting his wife and five children. He shifted into Mr. Mom mode.
“Several times at the end of the night — folding laundry after doing my seventh load of laundry — all of a sudden (the kids) are saying, ‘Dad, we’re hungry. It’s dinner time.'” Wainwright said.
“And so you eat stuff that maybe I wouldn’t have eaten before. The kids were loving it. I was out there [against the Mets] dragging my behind all night and I’m sure that played a little bit into it. But no excuse for how I pitched.”
Rockies hitters Charlie Blackmon (7-for-15, double, triple, homer, two RBIs), C.J. Cron (2-for-3, two doubles, RBI) and Trevor Story (2-for-6) have hit him well.
Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (1-3, 6.21) will try to bounce back from a disastrous outing. He allowed eight runs on six hits and two walks while retiring just two batters in a 12-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants last Tuesday.
Previously, Marquez had allowed three runs or fewer in five of six starts. But he has walked 21 batters in 33 1/3 innings this season.
“There’s definitely some things we have to take care of as far as command,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “There are too many walks. On a scouting scale, that’s not good. Overall, we got to get the ball in better spots with the fastball. Fastball command overall the season has been lacking. The breaking ball (Tuesday) was inconsistent. And he couldn’t get out of it.”
Marquez is 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA in four career starts against the Cardinals. Paul Goldschmidt is 12-for-29 with two doubles, four homers and eight RBIs in his career against Marquez.
The Cardinals got catcher Yadier Molina back from the injured list Saturday after he recovered from a foot sprain. He drove home three runs to make an immediate impact.
“Everybody has their own pain tolerance,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt Saturday. “But if there’s a guy that has a parallel pain tolerance to Yadier Molina, I’d like to see it. He’s as tough a human being as I’ve ever come across.”
The Rockies played without Cron the past two games because of his back tightness. Thus far the team hasn’t felt compelled to put him on the injured list.
“Were somewhat optimistic we can avoid it,” Black said after Saturday’s game. “But I think (Sunday) and Monday are really important days when we evaluate C.J.”
–Field Level Media