Series Preview 8/29-31: Cardinals @ Brewers

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This week, the Cardinals are in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a three-game series with the Brewers at Miller Park.

Prior to Monday’s series opener, the Cardinals placed starter Mike Leake on the 15-day disabled list with shingles. Leake missed his initially scheduled start on Saturday, August 27, due to shingles, and there is no affirmative number of starts he may miss in total. To take his spot on the roster, the team has recalled left-handed reliever Dean Kiekhefer from the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.

In the first game of the series, Zach Davies will take the mound for the Brewers. Davies has surrendered eight earned runs over his previous ten innings, in which he has whiffed twelve batters. Davies’ counterpart will be Carlos Martinez. Martinez’s opponents have scored just two earned runs off him in the last fifteen innings, and he has struck out twelve in the span.

The middle game of the three-game series will feature Wily Peralta for the hometown Brewers. Peralta has fared pretty well over his most recent three outings, as Peralta has pitched to a 3.70 earned run average over his last seventeen innings with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 11:6. Toeing the rubber opposite of Peralta is slated to be Adam Wainwright. Over his last seven starts, Wainwright is 0-3 with an ERA of 6.38. In the seven starts, Wainwright has allowed 26 earned runs on 52 hits and thirteen walks.

For Wednesday’s series finale, Matt Garza will take the mound for the Brew Crew. Garza has been charged for only eight earned runs over his last three starts, although neither of the three outings were considered quality, as Garza failed to log six innings in any one of them. In fact, Garza has logged six innings just five times this season and more than six frames on one occasion. In charge of handling the Brewers will be Luke Weaver. Weaver is coming off of his first major-league win and looking to improve on the tweaks and adjustments he has made since his first start earlier in the month. In fifteen big-league frames, Weaver owns a 3.60 ERA and sixteen punchouts.

Who’s hot?

Cardinals: Greg Garcia, infielder. The swift Garcia owns a .421 batting mark over his last seven games and has drawn five walks in the span.

Brewers: Ryan Braun, outfielder. Perhaps the Brewers’ most potent bat, Braun has crushed five home runs over his last fifteen games, during which he has slugged at a rate of .611.

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