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

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

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)
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)
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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

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