Posted July 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
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St. Louis has been powered by strong starting pitching all season long. If that trend doesn't continue in Colorado, the Cardinals may soon find themselves out of the race for the NL Central with the way the Cincinnati Reds are playing. Kyle Lohse (10-2, 2.71 ERA), a shining example of his staff's consistency throughout the year, takes the mound for St. Louis, which will look to take advantage of a three-game set against the struggling Rockies on Tuesday night. With the exception of just one game, the Cardinals (54-48) have had their starter last at least six innings in every contest in July, and no pitcher has symbolized that strength more than Lohse. The right-hander will be looking for his 11th quality start in a row, a streak that goes back to a five-inning outing May 30, as the trade deadline looms Tuesday. "Our starters have been great," general manager John Mozeliak told the team's official website. "I think clearly it takes a little pressure off,...
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