Joe Kelly gets the ball Friday night in Milwaukee as he returns from the DL to pitch in the park where he injured his hamstring in April By KMOV Web Producer
By John Bailey
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 16: Joe Kelly #58 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 16, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) By Mike McGinnis
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 16: Joe Kelly #58 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 16, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) By Mike McGinnis
MILWAUKEE (BaseballStL) - The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping the Miller Park mojo continues.
The Redbirds are 63-43 against the Milwaukee Brewers here, the best record of any opposing team since the park opened in 2001. They went 8-2 here last year and have had winning seasons in nine of the 13 years here since the park opened. All time, the Cardinals are 147-112 against the Brew Crew.
While the Cards are forced to regroup following the injury to Yadier Molina, a few players are on the way up. Kolten Wong has homered in three of the last five games since returning from the DL less than a week ago. Wong also leads the Cards with 11 steals and is tied with Jhonny Peralta for the most two-out RBIs with 18.
Matt Adams is the other Cardinal who has excelled despite the team’s hitting troubles, hitting safely in 12 of his last 21 at bats and has an 8-game hitting streak. Adams .336 batting average is second in the National League and he stands 5th in slugging at .536.
How good has Adams’ been? The last Cardinal to be hitting .336 93 games into the season was Albert Pujols in 2005, the first year he was named MVP.
Adams loves the Brewers, hitting .346 (9-for-26) this year. But as much as Adams loves to hit against the Brewers, he loves hitting at Miller Park even more. Big City is batting .433 (13-for-30) here with two home runs and 7 RBIs.
Other Cards doing well heading into the crucial series are Peter Bourjos, 5 for his last 8 and a four game hitting streak; Matt Carpenter, 5 for his last 12; Matt Holliday, 4 for his last 10 and Peralta, 4 for his last 12.
The Cardinal bats will be looking to support the return of Joe Kelly, who returns after being on the disabled list since April 16, when he pulled his hamstring, ironically, against Milwaukee. He will be making his fourth start of the year (1-1, .59 ERA.)