Astros Preview: Bringing On The Cardinals

By ROBERT HENSLEE

The Astros look to end a three-game losing skid as they open their longest homestand of the season at Minute Maid Park.  To do so, they’ll have to find a way to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, who are 4-1 against the Astros this season, including four wins in a row.

Brett Myers (2-4, 4.82 ERA) will be on the mound in the opener.  Myers ended the longest losing streak of his career with a 3-1 win at Chicago on Wednesday.  Jake Westbrook (5.3, 5.15 ERA) gets the start for the Cardinals.

St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols had been having an uncharacteristically quiet season but he appears to be waking up.  Despite a relatively meager .278 batting average this season, Pujols slugged game-winning homeruns in back-to-back games to beat the Cubs on Saturday and Sunday.  He went 6-for-11 in the series with four homers and seven RBIs in the series.

Hunter Pence has been red-hot for the Astros too.  He brings a career-best 17 game hitting streak into Tuesday’s opener.  The Astros right fielder ha a .384 batting average during his streak.

Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot will also be looking to extend a career-best 19 game hitting streak.

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