Series Preview 4/11, 4/13-14: Brewers vs. Cardinals

Gennett & Hazelbaker

Both photos are credited to Getty Images.

The Cardinals and Brewers will meet for their first series of the 2016 season this week at Busch Stadium. Both teams are entering the three-game set with a 3-3 record.

In the first game of 2016 at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals will send Michael Wacha to the mound. Wacha lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his start against the Pirates, allowing five runs (four earned) on ten hits and a walk. The Brewers will counter with right-hander Taylor Jungmann. Jungmann pitched in the second game of the season against the Giants, receiving a no-decision for his five-inning, two-run outing.

Following an off-day on Tuesday, Mike Leake will toe the rubber for St. Louis on Wednesday. Leake lasted 4 1/3 innings in his start against the Pirates. In the start, Leake allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks. Opposing Leake will be Chase Anderson, who fared rather well in his start against the Astros. Anderson held Houston to four hits through five innings and struck out five in the process.

In the series finale, lefty Jaime Garcia will get the nod for the Cardinals. Garcia made his first start of the season against the Braves, striking out six batters while allowing four runs through six innings. Milwaukee will pencil in Wily Peralta, who has made two starts already this season. In his most recent one, which was against Houston, Peralta surrendered six runs on seven hits and four walks through 4 1/3 frames.

Who’s hot?

MIL: Scooter Gennett, second baseman. The 25-year-old infielder has batted .389 in seventeen at-bats, including three long balls.

STL: Jeremy Hazelbaker, outfielder. Since debuting on Opening Day, the 28-year-old rookie has gone 6-for-15 with two home runs and four RBIs.

Who’s not?

MIL: Wily Peralta, starting pitcher. In two starts thus far, Peralta has lasted a total of 8 1/3 innings and has allowed eleven runs on thirteen hits, including three home runs.

STL: Randal Grichuk, outfielder. To the benefit of Hazelbaker, Grichuk made just one start during the series in Atlanta. Grichuk has one hit in fifteen at-bats to pair with eight strikeouts.

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