|MILWAUKEE ( BURNES )|
ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-3||-0.4||2-4||3.2||0.171||0.225||0.276||0.502||3.7||0.179||0.271||0.363||0.634|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||-0.4||2-4||3.2||0.171||0.225||0.276||0.502||3.7||0.179||0.271||0.363||0.634|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-2||+1||3-1||5.8||0.214||0.290||0.381||0.671||5.8||0.244||0.340||0.409||0.749|
|Past 7 Games||4-2||+2||3-2||5.5||0.206||0.285||0.367||0.652||5.0||0.231||0.318||0.374||0.693|
|4/5/2021||ANDERSON(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WILLIAMS(R)||3-5||L||100||9.5 un||U||4||3||0||5||4||0|
|4/6/2021||PERALTA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ALZOLAY(R)||4-0||W||105||9 ov||U||5||5||1||1||4||0|
|4/7/2021||WOODRUFF(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||4-2||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||8||7||1||3||6||2|
|4/8/2021||BURNES(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|4/10/2021||HOUSER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|4/11/2021||ANDERSON(L)||@ ST LOUIS||PONCEDELEON(R)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/1/2021||FLAHERTY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||11-6||W||105||7.5 un||O||10||3||0||10||9||2|
|4/3/2021||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||MAHLE(R)||6-9||L||110||9 un||O||7||7||1||11||8||1|
|4/4/2021||MARTINEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||HOFFMAN(R)||1-12||L||-115||9.5 ov||O||5||5||1||9||4||0|
|4/5/2021||PONCE DE LEON(R)||@ MIAMI||ROGERS(L)||4-1||W||100||8 ov||U||5||4||0||5||7||0|
|4/6/2021||GANT(R)||@ MIAMI||ALCANTARA(R)||4-2||W||115||7.5 un||U||6||7||2||7||11||1|
|4/7/2021||FLAHERTY(R)||@ MIAMI||LOPEZ(R)||7-0||W||-115||7 ev||P||8||5||0||3||7||0|
|4/12/2021||GANT(R)||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|MILWAUKEE: He's Here: 2B Kolten Wong, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., 3B Travis Shaw, C Luke Maile, INF Daniel Robertson, RHP Jordan Zimmermann.
He's Outta Here: OF Ryan Braun, LHP 'lex Claudio, OF Ben Gamel, 1B/3B Jedd Gyorko, RHP Corey Knebel, INF Eric Sogard.
Projected Lineup: 2B Kolten Wong (.265, 1 HR, 16 RBIs, .350 OBP with Cardinals), LF Christian Yelich (.205, 12, 22, .356 OBP), 1B Keston Hiura (.212, 13, 32, NL-high 85 strikeouts), CF Lorenzo Cain (.333, 0, 2, opted out after 5 games) or Jackie Bradley Jr. (.283, 7, 22 with Red Sox), RF Avisa'l Garc'a (.238, 2, 15) or Bradley, 3B Travis Shaw (.239, 6, 17 with Blue Jays), SS Orlando Arcia (.260, 5, 20) or Luis Ur'as (.239, 0, 11), C Omar Narv'ez (.176, 2, 10).
Rotation: RH Brandon Woodruff (3-5, 3.05 ERA, 91 Ks in 73 2/3 innings, NL-leading 13 starts), RH Corbin Burnes (4-1, 2.11, 88 Ks in 59 2/3 IP), LH Brett Anderson (4-4, 4.21), RH Adrian Houser (1-6, 5.30), RH Josh Lindblom (2-4, 5.16) or LH Eric Lauer (0-2, 13.09) or RH Freddy Peralta (3-1, 3.99, 47 Ks in 29 1/3 IP) or RH Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 7.94 with Tigers).
Key Relievers: LH Josh Hader (1-2, 3.79, 13/15 saves, 31 Ks in 19 IP), RH Devin Williams (4-1, 0.33, 53 Ks, 8 hits allowed in 27 IP, NL Rookie of the Year), RH Eric Yardley (2-0, 1.54), LH Brent Suter (2-0, 3.13), RH Brad Boxberger (1-0, 3.00 with Marlins), RH Drew Rasmussen (1-0, 5.87, 21 Ks in 15 1/3 IP), RH Justin Topa (0-1, 2.35, 12 Ks in 7 2/3 IP).
Outlook: The Brewers' chances of reaching the playoffs for a fourth straight season depend on whether they can get more offense after hitters up and down their lineup failed to meet expectations last season. The Brewers are counting on Yelich, the 2018 NL MVP, to regain his All-Star form. Hiura, Garc'a and Narv'ez also must bounce back from disappointing seasons. Milwaukee should benefit from having Cain for a full season after he sat out most of the 2020 campaign. The additions of Bradley and Wong ' both left-handed hitters and Gold Glove winners ' should balance the lineup and help out the pitching staff. Woodruff and Burnes provide a solid 1-2 punch, but the Brewers must get more consistency from the rest of their rotation. Milwaukee probably won't blow many leads with Williams and Hader anchoring the bullpen. City health officials are permitting spectators to fill 25% of American Family Field's seating capacity at the start of the season.
|ST LOUIS: He's Here: 3B Nolan Arenado, 3B Jose Rondon.
He's Outta Here: 2B Kolten Wong, OF Dexter Fowler, LHP Austin Gomber, RHP John Brebbia, C Matt Wieters, 1B Rangel Ravelo.
Projected Lineup: 2B Tommy Edman (.250, 5 HRs, 26 RBIs), SS Paul DeJong (.250, 3, 25), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.304, 6, 21), 3B Nolen Arenado (.253, 8, 26 with Rockies), RF Dylan Carlson (.200, 3, 16), C Yadier Molina (.262, 4, 16), LF Tyler O'Neill (.173, 7, 19), CF Harrison Bader (.226, 4, 11).
Rotation: RH Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.91 ERA), LH Kwang Hyun Kim (3-0, 1.62), RH Adam Wainwright (5-3, 3.15), RH Carlos Martinez (0-3, 9.90), RH Miles Mikolas (did not pitch in 2020).
Key Relievers: RH Alex Reyes (2-1, 3.20), RH Giovanny Gallegos (2-2, 3.60), LH Andrew Miller (1-1, 2.77), RHP Jordan Hicks (did not pitch in 2020), RH Ryan Helsley (1-1, 5.25), RH John Gant (0-3, 2.40), LH Tyler Webb (1-1, 2.08), RH Kodi Whitley (0-0, 1.93), RH Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-3, 4.96).
Outlook: The Cardinals thought they were missing one big piece last season and they landed it when they made a stunning late-offseason trade for Arenado to play third base. He provides protection in the order for Goldschmidt while also adding another Gold Glove winner to what could be the best defense in the National League. The rotation returns intact from last season with the exception of RHP Dakota Hudson, who had Tommy John surgery in September, and the bullpen is deep. Wainwright and Molina are back as one of the longest-tenured batterymates in baseball history, providing plenty of experience for a team that will have a relatively young outfield. Put it all together and the Cardinals believe they can make another postseason run this year.
|Cardinals hope wins keep coming in home opener vs. Brewers|
The St. Louis Cardinals will carry a three-game winning streak into their home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.
The Cardinals outscored the Miami Marlins 15-3 while sweeping their three-game road series this week. The Brewers also have momentum after winning two of three road games against the Chicago Cubs.
Both teams will be looking to generate more offense during this three-game series.
Tyler O'Neill (3-for-24, 12 strikeouts this season), Paul DeJong (3-for-20), Justin Williams (1-for-12), Matt Carpenter (0-for-8) and Austin Dean (0-for-7) have struggled for the Cardinals.
Rookie outfielder Dylan Carlson, on the other hand, has three hits in 19 at bats -- all homers -- and his nine RBIs lead the team. He iced Wednesday's game with a grand slam.
"He's a guy that has a lot of ability, clearly," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said after the game. "I love the confidence, the quiet confidence. He knows he's a good player. It's about figuring out on a consistent basis, trusting a little bit. He's been really aggressive."
Among Brewers who are struggling are Keston Hiura (0-for-19, 10 strikeouts, no walks), Jackie Bradley Jr. (1-for-16, seven strikeouts, no walks), Luis Urias (2-for-18, eight strikeouts) and Kolten Wong (2-for-16).
On the plus side, Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain had two homers and four RBIs Wednesday during the 4-2 victory over the Cubs in 10 innings. He is regaining his stroke after opting out of last season due to COVID-19 concerns.
"I'm still not where I want to be as far as my timing," Cain said after the game. "I'm still trying to get to my old form."
The Cardinals will start Adam Wainwright (0-1, 20.25 ERA) on Thursday. In his first start, he allowed six runs in just 2 2/3 innings during a 9-6 road loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
"Sometimes you put a little bit of bad mojo out there," Wainwright said. "I think that must have been what happened, because that was some weird stuff, man."
Last season, Wainwright was 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA in two starts against the Brewers. He is 18-11 with a 2.50 ERA in 44 career appearances (37 starts) against them.
The Brewers will counter with Corbin Burnes (0-1, 1.42). He struck out 11 batters in 6 1/3 innings in his first start of the season, a 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins. He allowed just one hit -- a home run to Byron Buxton.
"Corbin pitched beautifully," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He's going to have a really good season if he has games like that and he's throwing the ball like that."
Burnes was 0-1 with a 4.32 ERA in two starts against the Cardinals last season. In seven career appearances against them, including four starts, he is 1-2 with a 6.41 ERA.
Wong will be making his return to St. Louis after playing second base for eight seasons with the Cardinals. He signed as a free agent in Milwaukee after the Cardinals didn't pick up his contract option for 2021.
"Whenever you kind of get let go from an organization or anything, it kind of leaves that impression in your mind that you know how good you are and they probably thought you weren't good enough," Wong said.
"It's definitely something that's going to be in the back of my head every single time I go back, and give me that little extra motivation to play a little harder and do a little more."
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 6/16/2021 11:40:24 PM EST|