Cardinals Vs. Rockies Preview: Kyle Lohse Tries To End 2-Game Skid

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 25: Starter Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium on July 25, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Cards face the Rockies in a three-game start starting on Tuesday. Kyle Lohse faces Jeff Francis in the opener.

The St. Louis Cardinals currently trail the Cincinnati Reds by seven games in the NL Central. If the Cards are going to go on a patented second half tear to get into the postseason, the start of a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies offers a good chance to get the team back to its winning ways.

Colorado comes in at 37-63, owners of the second worst winning percentage in the majors. With the Cards entering after an off-day following back-to-back losses vs. the lowly Chicago Cubs, perhaps a series with the punchless Rockies is exactly what the team needs.

Kyle Lohse is scheduled to start for St. Louis in the series opener on Tuesday. Lohse is 10-2 this season with a 2.71 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Jeff Francis will start for the Rockies. Francis is 3-2 with a 4.97 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 10 starts this season.

Game time: 7:40 CT

Location: Coors Field

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit St. Louis Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos. And for more from around baseball, check out MLB Daily Dish and Baseball Nation.

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