A four-game series at Coors Field against the last-place Rockies should give the Cardinals a good opportunity to keep pace with the Pirates, who will be playing host to the Padres for four games.
The week in Denver also should give the Cardinals plenty of time to see a few old friends on the Rockies. There are three, in particular, they won't want to miss.
This will be Helton's first game at Coors Field since making official over the weekend that he will retire at the end of the season. Helton hasn't been playing much, mainly because he hasn't been hitting, but he figures to be a fixture in the lineup on the Rockies' final homestand.
Helton said the main reason he announced his retirement is to give Rockies fans a chance to show their appreciation to the franchise leader in most offensive categories.
"It was brought up to me that I couldn't look at it from my perspective, that I had to look at it from the fans'," Helton told reporters in Phoenix on Sunday. "That it...