The Milwaukee Brewers (48-56) will take on the St. Louis Cardinals (56-48) in a match up that meant much more this time last year then it does this season. The Brewers are coming off a sweep of the lowly Houston Astros, while the Cardinals are looking to keep pace in the NL Central division, as they are seven games back of the Cincinnati Reds.
Friday August 3, 2012
Randy Wolf (3-7, 5.45 ERA) vs. Joe Kelly (1-4, 2.96 ERA)
Randy Wolf only has one win in his last 15 starts, which ironically came against St. Louis on July 17. Wolf was outstanding in that contest as he only allowed two earned runs and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings against a high-powered Cardinals offense. As long as the bullpen does not let him down for the one hundredth time this year, hopefully Wolf will have similar stuff against St. Louis.
Joe Kelly is doing well so far in the majors as a starter. He has taken three losses in a row but has seven consecutive quality games. His last outing was the first time in his career that he pitched into the seventh inning, although, he was removed from the game after surrendering the go-ahead run. He pitched well against Milwaukee a couple weeks ago but still took the loss after only giving up two earned runs.
Saturday August 4, 2012
Mark Rogers (0-0, 3.18 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (8-10, 4.24 ERA)
Mark Rogers will make his second start this season and his second appearance in the majors since 2010. He pitched great against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday but the bullpen had a meltdown that eventually forced Rogers to take a no-decision. He gave up two earned runs on six hits while striking out seven batters in 5 2/3 innings pitched against the Nationals.
Adam Wainwright’s current 4.24 ERA is a season low thanks to a 2.75 ERA in five July starts. He may not have the wins to show for it but that is mostly due to a lack of run support and relievers giving up leads. Wainwright was fantastic against Milwaukee on July 18 in which he surrendered only one earned run on four hits while striking out a season-high nine batters.
Sunday August 5, 2012
Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.34 ERA) vs. Kyle Lohse (11-2, 2.91 EA)
Marco Estrada is still searching for his first win of the season but maybe all he needs to do is to pitch in front of a national audience, as the contest between the Brewers and Cardinals will be aired on Sunday Night Baseball. It looked like he was going to notch his first win against the Astros but another bullpen meltdown cost him the game.
Kyle Lohse has been great for the Cardinals this season as he has been the team’s top starter and is third in the National League with 16 quality starts. He had one of his worst performances of the season in his last outing in which he allowed five earned runs on nine hits in six innings pitched against the Colorado Rockies. However, the Cardinals offense bailed Lohse out to give him the win.