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Beginning on Thursday evening, the Cardinals and Brewers will meet for a four-game series, one that will serve as their final meeting until the 2017 regular season.
In the first game of the series, Jaime Garcia will take the ball for the Cardinals. Garcia has been lit up for 26 earned runs over his previous 41.1 innings, although he did turn in a quality start on Saturday, August 3, against the Reds in Cincinnati and has whiffed 39 batters in the span.
Garcia’s counterpart will be Junior Guerra. The Brewers placed Guerra on the disabled list on August 8 with right elbow inflammation, and he returned and made his first major-league start since then on September 2, when he held the Pirates off the earned-run column for 3.1 innings and added three to his whiff total of 94 through 110.2 innings this season.
Carlos Martinez will toe the rubber in the second game of the series on Friday. Martinez has punched out 24 batters over his previous 20 innings, during which he boasts a 1.80 earned run average. Martinez leads the Cardinals’ pitching staff in several statistical categories, including ERA (3.07), strikeouts (143), WHIP (1.20), and innings pitched (168).
The Brewers will give the ball to Jimmy Nelson in the second game of the series. Over his last seven starts, Nelson is 1-3 with a 7.83 ERA. Over his seven starts, which have equaled 33.1 innings, Nelson has a WHIP over nearly 2.00 and a 28:21 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The third game of the series on Saturday will feature Adam Wainwright for St. Louis. Wainwright has allowed a total of seven runs over his last three starts, including one against the Brewers. Despite the aforementioned three, Wainwright’s ERA over his last seven starts is a queasy 6.25.
Milwaukee will roll with Chase Anderson on Saturday. Anderson over his last 15.1 innings has surrendered five runs on sixteen hits and three walks. His most recent outing — September 4 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh against the Pirates — was pretty solid, as the right-hander held the Pirates scoreless through five innings.
In the finale, the Cardinals will pencil in rookie Luke Weaver. Weaver will be making the sixth start of his major league career, and perhaps the best of his first five was against the Brewers. Weaver faced the Brewers in Milwaukee on August 31 and allowed three runs over six innings while whiffing ten batters. All in all, Weaver owns a 3.96 ERA over 25 big-league innings.
Zach Davies will take the mound for the Brewers in Sunday’s series finale. Davies last three starts have been quality, as he has logged a total of nineteen frames and been charged for just six earned runs. What’s even more impressive is that Davies has struck out 20 over the same nineteen-inning span and has issued only five walks.