A pair of NL Central rivals continue an early week set in Brew City. The St. Louis Cardinals play the second game of a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night. St. Louis split a two-game set with the Reds in Mexico as they won 9-5 on Sunday afternoon. Milwaukee took two of three from the Dodgers on the road though they were dumped 7-1 in the series finale Sunday afternoon. The pitching matchup for Monday’s series opener saw Dakota Hudson take the mound for St. Louis against Milwaukee’s Freddy Peralta. First pitch in that contest was set for 7:40 pm ET.
St. Louis Cardinals Look to Gain Ground in NL Central Race
St. Louis earned a split of their two-game series in Mexico against the Reds as they prevailed in the series finale Sunday. The Cardinals entered Monday’s opener half a game behind the Brewers in the NL Central race. Marcell Ozuna (two runs, four RBI), Dexter Fowler (run) and Tyler O’Neill (two runs, RBI) each had two hits in the victory. Ozuna (his fourth and fifth) homered twice while Matt Carpenter (his second) and O’Neill (his first) all went deep in the win. Miles Mikolas recorded a no-decision in the contest. He threw five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts. John Gant (1-0) threw a scoreless inning of relief to earn the win. Jordan Hicks threw 1.1 innings, allowing a hit and striking out three, for his third save.
Still waiting for this Ozuna home run to land… pic.twitter.com/xbCob5wXSH
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) April 15, 2019
Jack Flaherty takes the mound for his fourth start of the season for the Cardinals in this contest. He is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA, a 1.239 WHIP, three walks and 18 strikeouts over 15.1 innings of work this season. Flaherty earned the win in his last start, which came Wednesday at home against the Dodgers. He threw six innings, allowing a run on three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in a 7-2 Cardinals win. Flaherty makes his seventh career start against the Brewers in this contest. He is 1-1 with a 3.58 ERA, a 1.133 WHIP, 11 walks and 43 strikeouts over 32.2 innings of action. Flaherty has no record with a 3.31 ERA, a 1.102 WHIP, four walks and 26 strikeouts over 16.1 innings in three career starts at Miller Park.
Milwaukee Brewers Hoping to Maintain Hold on NL Central Top Spot
Milwaukee took the first two on the road in the City of Angels against the Dodgers before getting upended in the finale Sunday. The Brewers entered Monday with a half-game lead on the Cardinals in the NL Central race. Milwaukee finished with only four hits in the game with no player recording more than one. Eric Thames drove in the lone Milwaukee run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Jhoulys Chacin (2-2) was roughed up and took the loss on the mound. He allowed six runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts over 2.1 innings of work.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 14, 2019
Brandon Woodruff is on the mound for the Brewers as he makes his fourth start of the season in this contest. He is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA, a 1.333 WHIP, four walks and 20 strikeouts over 15 innings of work this season. Woodruff took the loss in his last start, which came Wednesday on the road against the Angels. He threw six innings, allowing four runs on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in a 4-2 Brewers loss. Woodruff makes his fourth career appearance and second start against the Brewers in this contest. He is 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA, a 1.364 WHIP, one walk and nine strikeouts over 7.1 innings in three career appearances, one start, against the Cardinals. Woodruff is 2-3 with one save, a 5.37 ERA, a 1.316 WHIP, 17 walks and 54 strikeouts over 57 innings in 16 career appearances, nine starts, at Miller Park.
- Cardinals are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record
- Cardinals are 8-1 in their last 9 Tuesday games
- Cardinals are 6-1 in their last 7 overall
- Brewers are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a right-handed starter