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Wacha returns to the mound, Gallardo faces his demons in red

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

(BaseballStL) — After Monday’s roster shakeup, the Cardinals will look to build on the offensive outburst from Sunday. 

Jhonny Peralta, whose 2-for-2 day produced two homers and four RBIs is back in the lineup, hitting seventh again behind Craig. Peralta’s home run in the fifth inning ended the streak of 366 consecutive at-bats without producing a homer for St. Louis. 

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After Adam Wainwright picked up his MLB-leading fifth win Sunday, Michael Wacha looks to get his third. Wacha’s last outing was about as strange as a start can get, as he struck out a career-high 10, but walked two runs in and exited after just four innings. 

It will be the first time Wacha faces the Brewers this year. 

Banged-up Brewers

Milwaukee is still short-handed, with both Ryan Braun and Jean Segura missing time. Braun is dealing with a muscle strain in his chest, and Segura is recovering from getting hit in the face by Braun’s bat.

The incident Saturday was bizarre and cringe-inducing, and Segura hasn’t seen the lineup since. He is supposed to return during the Brewers’ road trip, however. 

In his place, Jeff Bianchi will play shortstop. He has a career batting average of .225 in 142 games. 

Braun’s replacement is Elian Herrera, who is over from the Dodgers and making his 26th career start. Herrera has hit .245 in his 236 plate appearances. 

Facing the bully

Yovani Gallardo is having a tremendous 2014, and it will be tested against St. Louis. In five starts so far he is 2-0 with an opponent batting average of .214. His 1.42 ERA and 1.07 WHIP are a strong presence in the Brewer rotation, and three of his starts have seen two or less runs of support which means a few more hits could put him closer to five wins. 

Against the Cardinals Gallardo is 1-11 with an ERA of 6.46 in 17 starts. If he wants to continue his strong campaign, he will have to go through his kryptonite. 


1) Matt Carpenter 2B

2) Jon Jay CF

3) Matt Holliday LF

4) Matt Adams 1B

5) Yadier Molina C

6) Allen Craig RF

7) Jhonny Peralta SS

8) Mark Ellis 2B

9) Michael Wacha P

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