Corbin Burnes (4-0, 1.77 ERA) vs. Kwang Hyun Kim (2-0, 1.59 ERA)
The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals meet for an important five-game series over the next four days. One game is scheduled for Thursday and a doubleheader tomorrow. As a result of the coronavirus outbreak in the Cardinals’ clubhouse earlier in the season, they are only going to play 58 games this season.
I don’t know how fair that is to everybody involved, but this season has felt like a backyard baseball season for several other reasons as well, so why not give a team two less games than the rest, right? The “real” season in Major League Baseball begins soon. October 5 is the first day of postseason baseball.
We still don’t know what the complete picture is going to look like, but things are taking shape. The Cardinals would be going into the postseason with the fifth seed in the National League. They’d have a tricky five-game date or less with the San Diego Padres.
Meanwhile, the Brewers would be left out in the cold. That said, the Brewers aren’t dead yet. The Reds currently have the last wildcard with a record of 29-28, while the Brewers enter their last series of the year with a record of 27-28. They absolutely need a good series in St. Louis or there will be no baseball in October.
If the Brewers don’t make the postseason or do much damage in the playoffs, they may still have a Cy Young pitcher on their roster. That would be a small win for the team, and big win for Corbin Burnes. The 25-year-old has come out of nowhere for a breakout campaign in 2020.
From shambles in his second season in 2019 to a Cy Young candidate this year. Burnes is scheduled to be on the bump versus the Cardinals tonight. The Cards are expected to counter with first-year major leaguer Kwang Hyun Kim, who was named Rookie of the Year candidate, and could win the Cy Young as well. Head below for our free Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals pick for September 24, 2020.
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Kim finally made the jump over the pond as a 32-year-old to the major leagues after enjoying a lot of success in the KBO. There was some speculation whether his game would translate over to the majors. He’s gone beyond expectations and proven the doubters wrong, very wrong. Kim is a Rookie of the Year candidate and hopes to do one better and win the Cy Young.
He goes into this contest with an ERA of 1.59 and 0.97 WHIP through 34 innings. In his most recent outing, Kim gave up more than 1 earned run for the first time in his major league career. The Pirates got to him for 6 hits and 4 earned runs through 5.1 innings. That’s the only bad outing for Kim as a major leaguer.
Kim will look to bounce back at home with the Brewers in town at Busch Stadium. Kim has been flawless at home, with an ERA of 0.69 and 0.69 WHIP through 13 innings. His first meeting against the Brewers was a standout outing. Kim went 7 innings and conceded just 3 hits and no runs on September 14 in Milwaukee at Miller Park.
He faces a worthy challenger on the other side. Corbin Burnes is a Cy Young candidate as well. Burnes has worked more games in 2020, so that is going in his favor. The 25-year-old enters Thursday with a strong ERA of 1.77 and 0.95 WHIP. Burnes surrendered 1 earned run against the Cards in a 3-2 loss with Kim on the opposite side on September 14. Expect another duel between Burnes and Kim, with a look at the UNDER likely the best option.