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• Though they are facing at least two left-handed starters in this series, the Cardinals will start left-handed outfielder Jon Jay in all three games. Jay has hit left-handers at a solid .283 clip this season, but the biggest factor in keeping him in the lineup is the setting. With center field so spacious at Coors Field, the Cardinals value Jay's ability to cover the most ground.

• With right-hander Trevor Rosenthal being optioned to Triple-A Memphis, manager Mike Matheny no longer has a defined long reliever in his bullpen. That's not the first time that has been the case this season, though, and it hardly seems of concern since the rotation has been so strong. The Cardinals had only one start last fewer than six innings in the entire month of July.

• Matheny called the two-hole a "a pretty good fit" for Allen Craig on Wednesday, which was the second straight game in which Craig hit from the spot. Against left-handed starters, Craig is likely to continue to bat second, a placement that should get him ample pitches to hit given that the hot-hitting Matt Holliday is right behind him.

• Though they are facing at least two left-handed starters in this series, the Cardinals will start left-handed outfielder Jon Jay in all three games. Jay has hit left-handers at a solid .283 clip this season, but the biggest factor in keeping him in the lineup is the setting. With center field so spacious at Coors Field, the Cardinals value Jay's ability to cover the most ground.

• With right-hander Trevor Rosenthal being optioned to Triple-A Memphis, manager Mike Matheny no longer has a defined long reliever in his bullpen. That's not the first time that has been the case this season, though, and it hardly seems of concern since the rotation has been so strong. The Cardinals had only one start last fewer than six innings in the entire month of July.

• Matheny called the two-hole a "a pretty good fit" for Allen Craig on Wednesday, which was the second straight game in which Craig hit from the spot. Against left-handed starters, Craig is likely to continue to bat second, a placement that should get him ample pitches to hit given that the hot-hitting Matt Holliday is right behind him.