Rockies try to reverse Sunday losing streak

August, 14, 2011
8/14/11
2:40
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The Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals play the rubber match of their three-game series in St. Louis at 8 ET on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN.

The Rockies probably would prefer the game take place on a different day of the week -- Colorado is 2-16 (.125) on Sundays and 53-48 (1.10) the rest of the week, and has been outscored 99-43 in the 16 losses.

The Rockies have lost 16 straight games on Sunday, tied with the 1960 Phillies for the longest single-season losing streak on Sundays since 1900.

On the mound

The Rockies send Esmil Rogers to the mound on his 26th birthday. Rogers is 5-1 with a 4.91 ERA as a starter this season (six starts).

Esmil Rogers
Rogers
Rogers has pitched well on the road as a starter in his career. This year he is 4-0 with a 3.33 ERA and .276 opp BA in four road starts (1-1, 9.35 ERA and .351 opp BA in two home starts).

None of the past 11 pitchers to start a game on their birthday have won. These 11 pitchers are a combined 0-8. The last starting pitcher to win on his birthday was Randy Wells -- Aug. 28, 2010, for the Cubs against the Reds.

The Cardinals counter with Edwin Jackson. Since being traded to St. Louis, Jackson is 1-2 and has allowed 11 earned runs and 27 hits.

Jackson has struggled against the Rockies in his career. He has allowed at least five earned runs in each of his five starts against them and has never pitched more than five innings in any of those starts.

His 17.28 ERA against the Rockies is the WORST by any active pitcher against a team (minimum five starts). The next-worst is Jose Contreras, with a 9.79 ERA facing Texas.

Matchups

Matt Holliday was a key part of the Rockies' run to the World Series in 2007, winning the National League Championship Series MVP that year. Since leaving the team, he’s had a lot of success against them.

He’s hitting .378 (17-for-45) and slugging .644 with a 1.106 OPS, including three doubles and three home runs against the Rockies in his career. His .378 BA and 1.106 OPS are both his second best against any team he’s had at least 50 PA against.

Troy Tulowitzki is hitting .388 with 17 HR in wins (54 games), and just .220 with six HRs in losses (60 games). That’s the highest batting average in wins on the team and the second-lowest batting average in losses among the regulars (min. 300 PA).

Stat of the game

In the 63 games without at least one of their core players (Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman, Albert Pujols), the Cardinals average 4.3 runs per game and hit .257, and are 34-29. In the 55 games where the three players are all in the starting lineup, they average 5.2 runs per game and are hitting .284, and are 29-26.

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