Miller and Estrada face off Tuesday, one hopes to repeat history -

Miller and Estrada face off Tuesday, one hopes to repeat history

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By Dilip Vishwanat By Dilip Vishwanat

(BaseballStL) — After cooling the surging Brewers Monday, the Cardinal bats look to repeat the performance against righty Marco Estrada Tuesday night. 

Estrada has yet to record a win against the Redbirds, going 0-for-3 in his seven career starts against them and posting an ERA above 5. 

His worst matchup comes against catcher Yadier Molina, who is 12-for-21 and posts a 1.38 OPS on two doubles, a homer and four RBIs against him. Matt Holliday has also had success, hitting .333 in 21 at bats against Estrada. 

For Shelby Miller, it’s the opposite history. The Cardinal starter went 3-0 in his rookie season against Milwaukee, posting a 2.0 ERA and holding the Brewers to a .223 average in five games.

He did have louder bats behind him last season. According to ESPN, Miller received more than five runs of support against the Brewers in 2013. This season, he’s getting just two. 

Estrada is a fastball pitcher. According to Brooks Baseball, he throws the fastball about half the time on any given count. He uses a change up as an out pitch to both lefties and righties, but throws a curve more to righties. 

He works consistently down and away to both types of batters, which means Matt Adams will get more opportunities to beat the shift by going the other way. 

Estrada’s fastball is showing the most rising action of his entire career this month, so expect to see a healthy dose of heaters Tuesday night. 

For Miller, his fastball/curveball combo will be the order of the day. Despite a rough start in 2014, his success against the Brewers is an indication his approach worked. If it’s not broken, he won’t try to fix it. 

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