The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals will begin a three-game series when they square off at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Monday night. St. Louis just went to Mexico for a pair of contests against Cincinnati and split that series. The Brewers are coming off a 2-4 road trip through Los Angeles (vs. the Angels and the Dodgers).
The Cardinals have picked up steam by winning six of their last seven games as they look to make some headway in what is expected to be an ultra-competitive National League Central this season. St. Louis tries to continue its winning ways on Monday when they play the opener of a three-game series against the Milwaukee. Marcell Ozuna, who belted a pair of homers in Sunday’s 9-5 win over Cincinnati in Mexico, hit safely in all four games against Milwaukee earlier this season and scored a run in each of the last three.
Right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-1, 2.79 ERA) is taking the mound for St. Louis on Monday. Hudson is coming off allowing seven hits and four runs over seven hits over 4.1 innings in a 4-2 loss to Milwaukee on March 31. He performed much better on Tuesday, allowing no runs, four walks and six hits over 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Sweep moved aside
The Brewers won three of four from visiting St. Louis to begin the season. Milwaukee’s bid to complete a sweep of the slumping Dodgers went by the wayside on Sunday, as an offense that erupted for 12 runs and 21 hits in the previous two games was limited to one and four, respectively. Travis Shaw, who delivered a double on Sunday, belted a solo homer off Monday Hudson in their last encounter on March 30.
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Peralta sputtered out of the blocks in his season-opening start, yielding four runs on six hits across three innings of a no-decision against St. Louis. The 22-year-old pitched better in a pair of outings versus the Cardinals last season, allowing three runs in 6.0 innings of a 5-2 setback on Aug. 17 before surrendering a lone run in 3.2 innings on Sept. 24. Peralta rebounded from his season-opening start in a big way by scattering two hits and striking out 11 in 8.0 innings of a 1-0 win at Cincinnati before getting shredded for seven runs on eight hits–including two homers–in 3.1 innings of a no-decision against the Angels.
The St. Louis Cardinals:
- 2-5 in their last seven series openers
- 4-10 in their last 14 games against the National League Central
- 1-7 in their last eight games against Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Brewers:
- 39-16 in their last 55 overall
- 36-17 in their last 53 home games
- 19-7 in their last 26 home games against teams with winning records