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Cards vs. Rockies: Series preview

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Cardinals v Colorado Rockies

Cardinals' Allen Craig is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run, his second of the game, in the eighth inning during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies on Monday, July 2, 2012, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com

SCOUTING REPORT • The Rockies had a winning record at Busch II at 29-27 but are only 9-20 at new Busch Stadium since 2006.

Former Cardinals No. 1 draft choice Adam Ottavino, now sporting “0” as his number, hadn’t allowed an earned run in his last 10 2/3 innings for the Rockies and was holding righthanded hitters to a .147 average before Thursday.

Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, like the Cardinals’ Edward Mujica, was nine for nine in save opportunities.

This might be your last look at 39-year-old first baseman Todd Helton in a Rockies uniform. Helton, whose contract expires after this season, has a .320 lifetime average and 356 home runs in a major league career which began with the Rockies in 1997. He will pass the 2,500 hit mark later this season.

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Today, 7:15 p.m. • RH Shelby Miller (4-2, 1.96 ERA) vs. RH Jon Garland (2-2, 4.65).

Saturday, 1:15 p.m. • RH Adam Wainwright (4-2, 2.72) vs. RH Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 2.56).

Sunday, 1:15 p.m. • LH Jaime Garcia (4-1, 2.25) vs. LH Jorge De La Rosa (3-3, 3.52).

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