Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals
When and Where: Wednesday, Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo., 1:15 p.m. EDT.
Though familiarity has not bred contempt between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, the NL Central rivals will play their 10th game in 28 days Wednesday when they wrap up a three-game set at Busch Stadium.
Chacin yet to have dominant outing for Brewers
Jhoulys Chacin (2-2, 5.92 ERA) has not won in three starts after posting victories in his first two, and the 15-game winner from last year has yet to have a lights-out outing for the Brewers.
— Strand Sport Stats (@StrandStats) April 20, 2019
The right-hander did enough Friday night versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, bouncing back after a poor start against them on the West Coast, giving up two runs and five hits in five innings before the Brewers eventually lost 5-3.
Chacin opened the season with a victory over St. Louis, surviving a pair of second-inning homers and allowing three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-4 home win March 28. The righty has won his last three starts versus the Cardinals after going 0-7 in the previous eight and pitched well at Busch Stadium last year, winning twice while holding them to one run and five hits in 11 innings there.
Marcell Ozuna is 6 for 14 with a pair of doubles versus Chacin while Kolten Wong is 5 for 15 with a homer. Paul Goldschmidt, who was 14 for 32 with six homers versus the Brewers entering Tuesday night’s game, went 0 for 2 with a walk against the right-hander last month and is 6 for 24 with a homer and two doubles versus Chacin.
Wainwright looking for run support after back-to-back losses
Adam Wainwright (1-2, 4.74) has only had one good start among his first four, but the Cardinals have done him no favors by backing him with just three runs in those games.
The right-hander is trying to avoid losing a third consecutive start after being knocked around for four runs and eight hits with three walks in three-plus innings of a 5-4 loss to the New York Mets on Friday.
#STLCards Adam Wainwright Pitch Quality
April 19, 2019
4.39 QOPA (86 pitches)
CU 5.32 QOPA (33 pitches)
SI 4.61 QOPA (27 pitches)
FC 3.19 QOPA (22 pitches)
FF 2.18 QOPA (3 pitches)
CH N/A (1 pitch)@UncleCharlie50@DannyMacTV @bthompson48 @TheCatOnFox @dgoold pic.twitter.com/htFguhtYrT
— MLB Quality of Pitch (@qopbaseball) April 20, 2019
“You know, it looked like he was making some pitches,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The breaking ball wasn’t maybe as sharp as we’re used to seeing. Wasn’t as crisp as typical, making pitches. And then when he got in the middle of the plate – they hurt him.”
Wainwright’s spot in the rotation resulted in him missing the previous two series. He lost to the Brewers in his only start against them last year before being shut down after eight starts, giving up three runs and eight hits in seven innings of a 3-2 defeat.
The righty, though, is 15-9 with a 2.41 ERA in 31 career starts against Milwaukee, including an 8-5 mark and 2.27 ERA in 16 starts at Busch Stadium. Wainwright has gotten the better of Ryan Braun, who has more strikeouts (23) than hits (18) in 86 career at-bats.
Lorenzo Cain, though, is 4 for 9 with a triple and double.
The Brewers are:
- 4-11 in their last 15 games vs. the Cardinals when Wainwright starts.
The Cardinals are:
- 9-3 in Wainwright’s last 12 home games vs. teams with a winning record.
- 4-0 in their last four during game 3 of a series.
- 37-17 in Wainwright’s last 54 starts vs. NL Central teams.