The Astros have set their rotation for the upcoming series, and the Cardinals are scheduled to face, in order, right-hander Lucas Harrell, right-hander Bud Norris and lefty J.A. Happ. Though the Astros sit 5 1/2 games behind the Cardinals, they enter Thursday with the league's second-best batting average (.266) and a 3.50 staff ERA.
Outfielder Jon Jay entered Thursday riding an 11-game hitting streak. He is batting .488 during those 11 games, which were interrupted by a shoulder injury. Jay had his third three-hit game of the homestand on Wednesday. He now has four this year.
Eduardo Sanchez recorded his sixth save of the season for Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday. That total ranks him tied for third in the Pacific Coast League. However, Sanchez, who appeared in 26 games for the Cardinals last year, has given up nine earned runs and 12 hits in 10 1/3 innings this year.