Today the Cards start a three game set with the first place Milwaukee Brewers. As it stands, the Redbirds are 2 games behind the Brewers. This series marks a turning point in the season to see if the deadline acquisitions have truly bolstered the pitching staff, and if this Cardinals’ team has what it takes to make a run in October.
The Pitching Matchup: Ace Adam Wainwright (13-5, 1.92 ERA) takes the mound for the good guys and as such, the line is in our favor. Last time out, Waino blanked the Cubs for 7 innings while striking out three. Wainwright’s 1.92 ERA is second in the NL to Clayton Kershaw while his 13 wins lead the league. The only time Wainwright has pitched against the Brewers this season on July 12, he gave up two runs over 7 innings and took the win. Aramis Ramirez is the only Brewer to have any extended success against Waino, batting .380 in 50 at-bats with two homers and seven doubles. Overall, Wainwright has held this Brewers’ club to a paltry .248 average.
For the Brew Crew is ace Wily Peralta (12-6, 3.56 ERA), who is coming off a shorter start against the Mets. Peralta got the win, but only lasted 5 2/3 innings while giving up two earned runs. Twice before this season, Peralta has pitched against the Cards, earning the win in both games. In 13 1/3 innings against the Cardinals, Peralta has given up one earned run on only nine hits. Outside of a dreadful month of May, Peralta is having a terrific season and is largely powering this Brewers’ rotation.
The Skinny: Anytime Waino takes the mound, the Cardinals hold the advantage, but Wily Peralta is a worthy adversary. Hopefully, yesterday’s moves have rejuvenated this offense to power by the Brew Crew and sit just a game back in the Central.