The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers opened their key five-game series by splitting a doubleheader. Now, they'll end it with another.
The National League Central foes conclude their jammed series with a twin bill on Wednesday in Milwaukee.
When this series began Monday, it marked the first two of 10 games between St. Louis and Milwaukee up over the final two weeks of the season. The Cardinals (21-22) currently sit second in the Central, with the Brewers (22-25) in fourth place, but one game back of St. Louis. The top two teams in the division are guaranteed a playoff berth; third and beyond are left fighting for a wild card.
"We still have plenty more baseball against the Cardinals, and they're going to mean a lot more," Brewers infielder Keston Hiura, said, according to MLB.com, after his three-run homer highlighted a seven-run fourth inning Tuesday in Milwaukee's 18-3 rout of St. Louis.
Milwaukee, which totaled seven runs while going 2-3 over its previous five games, has won two of the first three of this series. Brewers star Christian Yelich was 1-for-18 in his previous five games before he homered and had three total hits Tuesday.
St. Louis, meanwhile, has dropped five of its past seven games. Cardinals star Paul Goldschmidt, however, is 6-for-20 in his past five contests and is hitting .384 with 32 RBIs in 36 career games at Milwaukee.
"We need to just trust ourselves and know what we're capable of as a group," Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong told the club's official website.
Adam Wainwright (4-1, 2.91 ERA) is expected to start Game 1 for the Cardinals. The veteran has completed at least six innings in all but one of his seven starts this season, including Friday against Cincinnati. In that contest, Wainwright yielded a two-run homer and one other run over six innings of a 3-1 loss.
The right-hander has been very good at Milwaukee, going 7-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 20 career games (16 starts). Since 2014, he is 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA in six starts at Miller Park.
Cardinals coach Mike Shildt told reporters Tuesday he will likely hand the ball to rookie Johan Oviedo (0-2, 4.66 ERA) in the nightcap, assuming Oviedo posts a negative COVID-19 test.
Milwaukee appears set to start Brandon Woodruff (2-3, 3.40 ERA) in the opener. The right-hander has not earned a winning decision since Aug. 25, but he is coming off his best outing of 2020. Against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Woodruff allowed just one hit and struck out 12 without a walk over seven innings of a 1-0 Brewers victory.
"It's not that I've been pitching bad, I just wasn't pitching the way I want to, and (Friday) I got back to who I am," he said.
Woodruff was solid in posting a 3.38 ERA to win both starts against the Cardinals in 2019.
In the nightcap, the Brewers are scheduled to start Brent Suter (2-0, 3.52 ERA). Though primarily a reliever, Suter has made two starts, including Saturday against the Cubs. In that contest, the left-hander fanned six over three scoreless innings of a 4-2 loss.
Teammate Daniel Vogelbach is 12-for-26, with a homer hit Tuesday, in eight games since Milwaukee claimed him off waivers earlier this month.
Meanwhile, the statuses of St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina (hand injury) and infielder Kolten Wong (side) appear uncertain for Wednesday's action.
--Field Level Media
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Key Players to Watch
- PersonalProb Sun | probable
Lindblom is on the bereavement list, but he will make his return Sunday versus the Royals.
- QuadricepQues Sun | questionable
Gamel missed the last game tending to a quadricep injury, and it is unclear if he will take the field against the Royals on Sunday.
- BackQues Sat | questionable
Braun exited the last game due to lower back tightness, and it is unknown if he will face the Royals on Saturday.
- HipProb Tues | probable
Anderson was scratched from his last scheduled appearance due to right hip tightness. He is likely to return to the rotation Tuesday versus the Cardinals.
- ShoulderLate Sept | 45-day IL
Black has been transferred to the 45-day injured list with a rotator cuff strain in his right shoulder. He is likely to be on the shelf until at least the end of September.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Braun is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Cubs due to a routine day off.
- HamstringProb Tues | probable
Garcia has sat out the past two games with an injured hamstring, but he is expected to be active against the Tigers on Tuesday.
- BackProb Sat | probable
Braun sat out the previous game with a a back injury, but it is likely that he will take part in Saturday's contest with the Indians.
St. Louis Cardinals
- ElbowOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Hudson is on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain, and it is uncertain when he will return to the lineup.
- PersonalLate Sept | COVID-19 IL
Fowler has landed on the COVID-19 list as he is taking medication that compromises his immune system, leaving him susceptible to contract the virus. It is uncertain if he will return during the latter part of September.
- WristQues Sun | questionable
Molina was pulled from the last game with a bruised left wrist. It is unclear if he will be in action Sunday against the Pirates.
- ElbowOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Dean has been entered onto the 10-day injured list with a right elbow strain and will be sidelined for an indefinite length of time.
- RestQues Fri | questionable
Molina is not expected to line up for Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Pirates.
- Upper BodyProb Thurs | probable
Wong has missed the previous two games due to left side soreness, but he is expected to line up Thursday versus the Pirates.
- GroinProb Wed | probable
Gant has sat out the past three contests with right groin discomfort, but it is anticipated that he will be available against the Brewers in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader.
- WristProb Wed | probable
Molina is nursing a left wrist injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Brewers in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader.
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