Two National League Central rivals take to the diamond on Tuesday when the St Louis Cardinals visit the Milwaukee Brewers for the second game of a four-game series. St. Louis is 38-31 as they jockey for position in the NL Central with the Brewers. The Brewers are back in front with a 39-30 record. First pitch in this NL Central Division battle on Tuesday night will be 810pm EST.
Cardinals are tough at the plate and on the moundSt Louis is top 10 in each of the following offensive categories: runs scored (331) 4th, on-base percentage (.325) 4th, slugging percentage (.405) 9th and team batting average (.256) 4th. Leading the way at the plate is Paul Goldschmidt with 22 doubles, 16 home runs, 58 RBIs and 86 hits. Nolan Arenado has also had a productive season thus far with 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 45 RBIs. The Cardinals have hit 117 doubles, 9 triples and 71 home runs in 68 games. The St. Louis bats were silenced by Corbin Burnes and the Brewers bullpen in a 2-0 game 1 loss. The Cards are now 1 game back in the NL Central standings.
The St Louis pitching staff has performed well with a team ERA of 3.84, which is 11th and a 1.28 WHIP which is 19th. The Cardinals have 23 Quality Starts which is 14th and are holding opposing hitters to an average of .244, which is 18th best. Miles Mikolas is the leader in victories with 5 and strikeouts with 66. St Louis will hand the ball to Jack Flaherty on Tuesday. This season the right-hander is 0-0 with an ERA of 6.00 and 3 strikeouts.
Injury Report: St Louis has three pitchers on its injury list as well as position players Corey Dickerson, Yadier Molina and Tyler O'Neill.
Milwaukee’s pitching continues to be its strengthThe Milwaukee Brewers have the 9th best team ERA in baseball at 3.69 and the 15th best WHIP at 1.25. Milwaukee's starting rotation has 26 Quality Starts which is ninth best and the pitching staff is holding opposing hitters to an average .234 which is 10th best. Eric Lauer is the leader in victories for Milwaukee with 6 and Corbin Burnes is the leader in strikeouts with 100. Milwaukee will hand the ball to Aaron Ashby on Tuesday. This season the 24-year old left-hander is 1-5 with an ERA of 4.25 and 67 strikeouts. Burnes delivered on Monday night, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 10 in 7 shutout innings.
Milwaukee has scored the 13th most runs in baseball with 299, but the Brewers team batting average is only .233 which is 23rd. Milwaukee has the 19th best team on base percentage at .309 and the 13th best slugging percentage with .400. Hunter Renfroe is tied for the lead in home runs with Willy Adames at 13 and Rowdy Tellez is third with 10 round-trippers. The leader in RBIs is Tellez with 39, while Adames is second with 33. Christian Yelich is batting only .238 but has produced 9 doubles, two triples, 7 home runs and 23 RBIs. Milwaukee has hit 95 doubles, 9 triples and 88 home runs in 68 games
Injury Report: Milwaukee has 10 pitchers on its injury list as well as position players Mike Brosseau, Alex Jackson, Pedro Severino and Kolten Wong.
- Milwaukee is 4-1 in the last five
- The Brewers are 20-7 in the last 27 against a team from the NL Central
- St Louis is 1-5 in the last six on the road
- The Cardinals are 1-7 in the last eight on the road against a team with a winning record