The Milwaukee Brewers stay on the road, as they travel from Miami to St. Louis for their most important series of the year thus far. Every series is going to be more important than the next as we draw closer to the end of September. The Brewers took care of business in Miami with a sweep of the Marlins. They won all four games to extend their winning streak to seven games. The Cardinals were 10-3 winners yesterday, so they were unable to get any closer, though.
St. Louis are in possession of a 4-game lead in the NL Central going into this weekend. That’s a comfortable lead, but they still have to worry about the Cubs or Brewers sneaking up on them. Christian Yelich out provides the Cardinals with some reassurances, though.
Since Yelich broke his kneecap, the Brewers have gone 2-0 and his loss hasn’t been noticeable. However, keep in mind that this was against the Miami Marlins. Even without Yelich, the Brewers should have handled the Marlins and that’s what they accomplished. They closed out the series with a 3-2 win led by Gio Gonzalez yesterday. As the Brewers start to play better competition again, the loss of Yelich is going to be apparent, though.
Replacing an MVP bat like Yelich is nearly impossible, so the Brewers must find production from elsewhere. Mike Moustakas and Ryan Braun have answered the call to action, but it’s not going to get any easier without Yelich now that the Marlins are out of the way.
The Brewers will be at Busch Stadium for the weekend, where they’ll square off against the Cardinals. Adrian Houser and Adam Wainwright are expected on the hill this evening in St. Louis. Head below for our free Brewers vs. Cardinals pick.
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Adrian Houser is in his first full season pitching in the major leagues. Conversely, Adam Wainwright has been at this gig since 2006 as a fulltime reliever. After helping the Cardinals win a World Series, he was instantly inserted into the starting rotation and he hasn’t looked back since. If Houser can have the longevity that Wainwright has had in his career, then it’s a very profitable outlook for him in his career.
Houser rolls into St. Louis with a rock solid ERA of 3.59 and 1.29 WHIP. He allowed 1 or no runs in five straight games before that came to an end against the Cubs in his most recent outing. The Cubs put up 3 runs on Houser in 4 innings to put a halt to that run.
In his last trip to St. Louis, Houser came out of it with a 5-3 win, so he is familiar with Busch Stadium despite his young career. He’s been better at home in 2019, where he’s posted a 3.12 ERA as opposed to a 3.98 ERA on the road.
He’s been playing well recently, with a 3.38 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in his previous three outings. But Wainwright has been even hotter, as he enters Friday with a 1.53 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 17.2 innings of work. Wainwright has been a different pitcher at Busch Stadium than on the road where he’s been struggling mightily.
He has carried an impressive load, with a 2.43 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 77.2 innings. The impact of no Yelich is likely going to be felt tonight for the Brewers. They may have swept the Marlins, but expect a dip against better competition Friday night.