The weather Friday night in St. Louis looks great but the remainder of the weekend appears as though it might be a washout as the Cards take on the Rockies at Busch Stadium. There’s a 50-50 chance of rain on Saturday and a 60-40 chance for more showers on Mother’s Day.
The Redbirds continue to have a limited number of seats available with approximately 14,000 tickets up for grabs for each game. Those who don’t wish to attend the game in person can catch it on television on Bally Sports Midwest or if you’re in a different part of the country, you can see it on your own Bally Sports Affiliate.
Will Yadi be Behind the Plate?
Tickets and networks aside, the next thought on everyones’ mind is whether or not we will see Yadi behind the plate for the Redbirds. As you may recall Yadi left the game on Friday, April 30 with a strain to his right foot.
He returned to his spot behind the plate later on during the weekend but then found that it was difficult for him to get around. He was then placed on the 10-day IL and If that 10 days is truly what happens fans might not see him play again until the Cards take on the Brewers on Tuesday, May 11.
What that means for the Cards is that Andrew Knizner may see more playing time behind the plate while Yadi heals from his injury. He’s currently the number three catcher for the Redbirds with Matt Weiters filling in second.
As of this weekend the Cards are tied with the Brewers for first place in the National League Central with seventeen wins and 12 losses while the Rockies are fifth in the National League West with 10 wins and 18 losses. The Redbirds are back on top because they beat the Mets on Monday, May 3, for their fifth straight win in a row.
If you were watching the game you may have noticed the lights flicker and then briefly shut off before quickly coming back on again. Maybe it was an electrical issue or maybe it was divine intervention from somewhere up above– Regardless of why it happened it didn’t phase the Redbirds because they still managed to come out on top.
Adam Wainwright ended his stay on the IL to pitch in his first game of the season helping his team win 6-5 but he wasn’t the only one that helped bring home the win for the Cardinals. Teammates Nolan Arenado and Harrison Bader each hit a home run that helped to seal the victory. In other news regarding the Redbirds they recalled RHP Johan Oviedo from AAA Memphis to take over for Jordan Hicks as Hicks nurses inflammation in his right elbow.
Gomber and Arenado Trading Spaces
Recent injuries for the Rockies include: Carlos Estevez and Antonio Senzatela who are both out for 10 days while Trevor Story is day to day. First pitch for Friday night’s game is at 7:15 with Austin Gomber taking the mound for the Rockies and Jack Flaherty taking the mound for the Redbirds. Gomber is 2-3 this season with a 5.90 ERA and 27 strikeouts.
This will be the first game for Gomber against his old team since being part of the trade that brought Nolan Aernado to the Cards. Flaherty is 5-0 with a 3.41 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. First pitch for both Saturday and Sunday is at 1:15.
Chi Chi Gonzalez, 1-0, 4.38 ERA, and 14 strikeouts is set to pitch for the Rockies on Saturday and Carlos Martinez is set to do the same for the Redbirds. Martinez is 2-4, with a 3.72 ERA and 20 strikeouts. On Sunday German Marquez is set to start on the mound for the Rockies. He is 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA and 34 strikeouts. The pitcher for the Cardinals has yet to be decided.