Major League baseball action on Tuesday evening and a pair of teams from the National League Central will square off as the St Louis Cardinal duke it out with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is game three of a three-game set and it has a start time of 1:40 pm ET.
Pitching Matchup: Michael Wacha (0-0, 5.28 ERA) will get the nod for the Cardinals and he will be opposed by Corbin Burnes (0-1, 10.05 ERA).
Hudson Gets Rocked In Beer Town
The St Louis Cardinals had a nice little five-game winning streak going and they allowed a total of 13 runs in those games, but they have lost two of their last three since and have allowed 20 runs in those three games. The offense has been hot of late as they have averaged 7.00 rpg over their last five games and they did score seven runs in game one of this series, but it just wasn’t enough as the Brewers put up 10. Dakota Hudson pitched out of the pen last year, but he worked his way into the starting rotation and so far it has not been good. He did get a no-decision in game one but was torched for six ERs on eight hits and three walks in just 3.2 innings of work. Hudson now has a 6.08 ERA on the year. Taking the loss was Mike Mayers, who allowed three ERs on two hits and two walks in just 0.2 innings of work. Paul Goldschmidt (7), Paul DeJong (4) and Marcell Ozuna (6) each went deep for the Cards.
The Cardinals will trot out Michael Wacha and he has gone 0-0 with a 5.28 ERA in three starts on the year. Wacha has allowed nine ERs on 15 hits and 13 walks while striking out 17 in 15.1 innings of work so far. In his career, he has gone 24-19 with a 3.98 ERA in 65 games (62 starts) out on the road and 14-5 with a 3.06 ERA in 27 starts during March/ April, plus 23-11 with a 3.27 ERA in 51 games (48 starts) in the daytime. Wacha is 5-0 with a 3.92 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) against the Brewers, including 2-0 with a 3.29 ERA in six games (five starts).
The Cardinals have been above average on offense so far as they check in ranked 11th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.31 rpg, while also ranking 19th in hitting at .239 and tied for 6th in homers with 27. On the mound, they have been decent, ranking 11th in the league in ERA at 4.31 while also ranking 21st in WHIP at 1.41 and 18th in K’s with 137. The pen for the Cardinals ranks 7th in the league in ERA at 3.50.
Christian Yelich Goes Boom
The Brewers are off to a solid start this year and they are currently sitting atop the National League Central standings. The Brewers are at 11-6 on the year and they own a 1.5 game lead over both the Pirates and Cardinals in the division. Must be something in the beer in Milwaukee as they have the best record in the National League after their basketball team had the best record in the Eastern Conference this year. Christian Yelich must have tapped into that beer on Monday as he had a hell of a game, going three for four with three homers and seven RBIs in the win. He is now batting .354 with eight homers and 22 runs on the year. Yelich loves hitting against the Cards as he a slash line of .329/.414/.702 with 16 homers in his career against them. Seven of those homers have come this year. Mike Moustakas (6) also went deep in the win. Freddy Peralta got the start and he took a no-decision after allowing three ERs on four hits and three walks in just 3.2 innings of work. Junior Guerra grabbed the win and is now 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA on the year.
The Brew Crew will be sending out Corbin Burnes, who has gone 0-1 with a 10.05 ERA in three starts on the year. Burnes has allowed 16 ERs on 21 hits and six walks while striking 0ut 21 in 14.1 innings of work so far. He has been hurt by the longball, allowing nine homers already. His three starts this year have been the first of his career. Last year, he made 30 appearances out of the pen and 7-0 with a 2.61 ERA in those games. He has one start against the Cards this year and he got a no-decision in a 5-4 St Louis win. Burnes allowed four ERs on six hits and a walk while striking out 12 in 5.0 innings of work in the contest.
The Brewers have been an above average offensive team so far as they rank 13th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.18 rpg, while also ranking 10th in hitting at .261 and 4th in homers with 31. On the mound, they have been rather poor as they come in ranked 23rd in the league in ERA at 5.38, while also ranking 17th in WHIP at 1.36 and7th in K’s with 157. The pen for the Brewers comes in ranked 16th in the league with a 4.43 ERA.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter
St Louis is:
- 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record