The entire Major League competition for one of the eight spots in the playoffs this year has been a bit of a disappointment with only one or two races -maybe three races if you count the AL East, which I don’t because regardless of who wins the division both the Yankees and Rays are in the playoffs- even up for grabs.
With the AL playoff race already decided months ago all the focus has been on the NL West and the NL Wildcard battle in the MLB lines. But those two races have been tremendous and will likely go down to the very last day of the season.
One of the key players in both of those races is the Colorado Rockies (83-74). On Thursday night this team will hit the road and take on the St Louis Cardinals (81-76) in the Gateway City.
The Rockies hopes of playing in a playoff this year are becoming dimmer by the day and the team that was less than a week ago just .5 games out of the Wildcard race now finds itself 5.5 games out in that race. Its hopes of clinching the NL West division title also appear unlikely as the team is now 6.0 behind the San Fran Giants in the MLB odds competition.
And the truth is that this Rockies squad is awful on the road and will likely struggle to get a win in St. Louis on Thursday.
The Rockies are just 31-46 on the road this season and the Cards are a very impressive 47-29 on the year when playing in the friendly confines of Busch Stadium. These facts alone would seem to highly prejudice the Rockies in this matchup but as if that weren’t enough to discourage you from betting on the Colorado in the MLB odds action then the pitching lineup should be sufficient cause to change your mind.
The Card’s will send out pitching ace Chris Carpenter (15-9, 3.31 ERA) to the mound in search of his 16th win of the season.
The Rockies season is all but over and a loss to the Cardinals will all but seal the deal.