Cardinals Vs. Astros Preview: St. Louis Tries To Stay Over .500

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after scoring in the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 4, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals are in Houston for a three-game series against the Astros. Can they stay above .500?

The St. Louis Cardinals haven't been playing great baseball lately, and after a 20-11 start to the season they have slipped to just 28-27 overall. On Sunday the Cards dropped down to .500 for the first time all year, but with a win on Monday against the Mets they can stay over the break even mark as long as they beat the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

Despite low expectations and a lack of high-end talent, the Astros have been more than respectable at home this season. They sport a 17-12 record in Minute Maid Park, which is a stark contrast to their 23-31 mark overall. The Cardinals will send Jaime Garcia (3-3, 3.78 ERA) to the mound and Houston will counter will Lucas Harrell (4-4, 4.71 ERA).

Here is the game time and TV information for Tuesday's game:

Game Date & Time: Tuesday, June 5, 7:05 p.m. CT

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX

TV: Fox Sports Midwest

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more coverage of this series, head over to Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos and Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. For more general baseball coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.

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