Colorado Rockies (58-43) at St. Louis Cardinals (48-51)
Tuesday, July 25 - 8:15 PM EST
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Randal Grichuk looks to extend his career-best home run streak to a staggering five straight contests on Tuesday as the St. Louis Cardinals vie for a series victory over the visiting Colorado Rockies. The 25-year-old recorded his sixth homer in eight games overall by belting a two-run blast in Monday's 8-2 victory over the Rockies in the series opener.
Grichuk is 6-for-15 with seven RBIs and five runs in his last four contests since returning from a seven-game absence due to a back injury. Fellow outfielder Tommy Pham answered a brief two-game hiccup as his solo blast highlighted his seventh multi-hit performance in his last 12 contests, improving to 7-for-14 with three homers versus Colorado this season. While the Cardinals snapped a two-game skid and extended their home winning streak to three contests, the Rockies have dropped 14 of their last 17 on the road. DJ LeMahieu has hit safely in five straight and nine of his last 10, but is 1-for-13 in his career versus Tuesday starter Lance Lynn.
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, MLB Network, AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountain (Colorado), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Jon Gray (3-1, 6.19 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Lance Lynn (8-6, 3.30)
Gray recorded his third win in four outings despite allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings against San Diego last Wednesday. The majority of that damage was done in the sixth on Cory Spangenberg's three-run homer, but the 25-year-old was staked to a 13-run lead entering the frame. Gray will look to exact revenge against the Cardinals following a disastrous performance last season in which he yielded a career-high nine runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings of a 13-7 setback.
Lynn turned in his third straight strong performance on Thursday, but settled for a no-decision despite allowing one run on three hits in six innings against the New York Mets. The 30-year-old permitted a solo homer, accounting for the lone run he's allowed in his last three starts (19 1/3 innings). Lynn struggled in his last outing against Colorado, yielding four runs on six hits in five innings of an 8-4 loss on May 28.
1. Colorado CF Charlie Blackmon has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 contests with seven homers, 12 RBIs and 23 runs scored in that stretch.
2. St. Louis SS Paul DeJong is 6-for-17 with two homers, five RBIs and three runs scored during his four-game hitting streak.
3. Rockies LF Gerardo Parra has hit safely in six straight contests and 11 of his last 12.
PREDICTION: Rockies 4, Cardinals 2