Preview of Astros-Cards
The Astros try to snap their three-game losing streak on Monday night against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Astros are playing their first night game since Tuesday in Houston and are 0-3 on their 10-game road trip through Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee.
In case you today’s Astros news story, click here and learn about first-round pick George Springer meeting with an independent league team in case he can’t reach a deal with the Astros.
Brett Wallace was out of the starting lineup Monday despite facing a right-hander, and manager Brad Mills said he’s going to pick and choose his spots for Wallace to start in the immediate future. He wants to put Wallace in situations to be successful, while giving Jason Bourgeois more time in left field.
Before we get to Monday’s lineups, here are some interesting Astros-Cardinals numbers, courtesy of STATS:
- The Cardinals are 6-2 against the Astros this year, with a run differential that’s their best against Houston since 1963.
- Former Astros first baseman/outfielder Lance Berkman isn’t in the lineup Monday, but he’s hit five homers and 12 RBIs against the Astros this year. That’s the most HRs and RBIs against the Astros by any one player this year.
- The Cardinals rank 11th in the NL at 3.74 runs per day game, but they’re scoring 5.18 runs per night game, which is the best in the NL.
- Astros center fielder Michael Bourn leads the Majors with 37 stolen bases. The Cardinals have 36 stolen bases as a team.
- Hunter Pence’s batting average with runners on base (.371) is .121 higher than with the bases empty (.250). That’s the second highest difference by an Astros player since 1974 (Jose Cruz, .134, 1986).
- Since he made his Major League debut in 2007, Pence’s 80 hits against the Cardinals are tied for the most by any player over that span (Ryan Braun).
- Brett Wallace’s .469 batting average when leading off an inning is the highest tin the NL.
- J.A. Happ has held opponents to a .166 batting average when ahead in the count (“Ahead” includes 0-1, 0-2, 1-2 and 2-2 counts) and a .449 batting average when behind.
Here are the lineups:
CF Michael Bourn
LF Jason Bourgeois
RF Hunter Pence
1B Carlos Lee
3B Chris Johnson
SS Clint Barmes
2B Jose Altuve
C Humberto Quintero
LHP J.A. Happ
SS Ryan Theriot
RF Jon Jay
1B Albert Pujols
LF Matt Holliday
3B David Freese
C Yadier Molina
CF Colby Rasmus
2B Nick Punto
RHP Kyle McClellan