MLB Preview: St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

A huge four game series will get underway Thursday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Brewers will host the St. Louis Cardinals. Milwaukee is in desperate need of some wins, as they come into the series losers of 8 straight games. The Chicago Cubs finished a three game sweep on Wednesday over Milwaukee. St. Louis has been surging, and took over first place for the first time all season on September 1st. The Cardinals have won five straight games. The Brewers are 73-66, 36-31 at Miller Park, while St. Louis is 76-63 overall and 32-35 on the road.

Milwaukee will send their best starting pitcher on the season to the mound. Wily Peralta will get the nod. Peralta is 25 years old and throws righthanded. His most recent start was not very good, as he lasted just three innings, allowing 9 hits and 6 runs in a loss to the Giants. He has lost his last two starts overall, but sits with a 15-9 overall record. The Brewers offense has went south recently, scoring just 2 runs per game in their last 8 games. Milwaukee will be without the services of outfielder Carlos Gomez, who is expected to miss the entire weekend. The Brewers’ Aramis Ramirez is fighting at the top of the NL batters, with a .303 batting average. Ryan Braun leads the team with 77 runs batted in.

St. Louis used a Peter Bourjos single up the middle to score Yadier Molina on Wednesday to sweep Pittsburgh 1-0. Shelby Miller threw 7 strong innings in the win. On Thursday, Michael Wacha will get his first start since June 17th against the Mets. Coming off the disabled list should give the Cardinals a huge bolster in the starting rotation. On the season, the young right hander is 5-5, 2.79 earned run average. In his 15 starts, Wacha struck out 83 batters, while walking just 26. The Cardinals top batter is Jon Jay, with a .314 batting average, but he does not qualify for the batting title, as he does not have enough plate appearances. St. Louis’ leading power hitter has been shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who has blasted 18, a Cardinals shortstop record.

The Milwaukee Brewers need to win this game really bad. If they do not come up with a couple wins in this series, the season could come to an end quickly for Milwaukee. St. Louis would love to keep the red-hot play going, and essentially put the Brewers away. The Cardinals know that Milwaukee is going to come at them strong. Wily Peralta is a good pitcher, but he has not thrown real well as of late. Look for Wacha to be pretty good, but go only 5 innings. The Cardinals bullpen has been pretty solid, and will be again. Look for Matt Holliday to hit a game winning double in this one and the Cardinals win. We are taking St. Louis -102 over Milwaukee -108.

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