BaseballStL) – The Cardinals continue play against Central Division foes this week as they travel to Milwaukee to face the Central Division leading Brewers for three games.
The three pitchers the Cards will face, Matt Garza, Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta, have high batting averages against, all over .300.
Against Garza, the Cards have posted a .323 team average with 32 hits. Jhonny Peralta and Matt Holliday have been the most successful batters against Garza. Peralta, who has 11 hits and 3 RBIs in 25 at-bats, needs a spark after having a difficult offensive start to the season.
For the Cardinals, Lance Lynn will need to work on getting out of the first inning without giving up many runs. In his last two starts, both against Cincinnati, Lynn gave up 3 runs in the first inning of both games. Lynn has only given up one home run to the Brewers and that was to Ryan Braun.
Tuesday will pit Shelby Miller against Estrada, who has given up 4 homers to Redbird hitters, to Holliday, Yadier Molina, Jon Jay and Matt Adams. Molina has posted a .571 average in 21 at-bats pushing 5 RBIs across the plate.
Miller will be looking for his first win of the season after dropping lopsided games, but most importantly, the offense will need to give the second year right hander run support of any kind. Miller only gave up 4 runs over 6.0 innings against the Reds this week, however, the Cardinals couldn’t score any runs.
In the series finale, Joe Kelly will face Wily Peralta. Of the three starters the Cards face this week, they have posted the highest batting average against Peralta at .369. Both Holliday and Matt Carpenter have gone yard against the right handed Dominican.
Match-up to Watch: Allen Craig vs. any pitcher
The right fielder is struggling. He has just 5 hits over 41 at-bats. Craig hasn’t been able to muscle much out of the infield. Sunday he was able to get on base twice, scoring both times, but the Redbirds will need the 29-year-old to come to life at bat to keep the offense moving.