The Milwaukee Brewers have hit a point in the season where they must decide to either keep winning or simply lay down. Milwaukee will play a critical three-game series against their division rival the St. Louis Cardinals with serious postseason implications at stake.
If the Brewers are able to sweep the Cardinals in St. Louis this weekend they will only be four games back for a chance at a Wild Card berth. Considering how several fans and members of the media have written Milwaukee off long ago, it is quite amazing they have a realistic shot at making the playoffs for a second consecutive season.
The Brewers know exactly what they must do and that is to continue winning. Any more than four losses from here on out could damage any chances they have of getting ahead in the standings.
The following is Milwaukee’s lineup against St. Louis for Friday night:
Right Field: Norichika Aoki
Second Base: Rickie Weeks
Left Field: Ryan Braun
First Base: Corey Hart
Third Base: Taylor Green
Center Field: Carlos Gomez
Catcher: Martin Maldonado
Shortstop: Jeff Bianchi
Pitcher: Yovani Gallardo
Ace Yovani Gallardo will take the mound for the Brewers, as he hopes to bounce back from his disappointing outing last week against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Unfortunately, his run of six consecutive starts with pitching at least seven innings ended. Gallardo needs to find his command and finally defeat the Cardinals with authority, something he has never been able to do.
Taylor Green will play third base in place of Aramis Ramirez, who will be sitting out for the second night in a row with a sore back. Green has not played in the majors since July 8 and has not recorded a hit since June 26. Hopefully, his time away from the club will rejuvenate his bat.
Martin Maldonado will catch Gallardo tonight as he and Jonathan Lucroy continue to play every other day. Maldonado recorded a hit in the Brewers win against the Miami Marlins Thursday night. It was his first hit since August 25.