Brandon Woodruff (2-5, 3.43 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (5-2, 3.05 ERA)
The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals will meet at Busch Stadium for the fourth game in this five-game series. The Brewers and Cardinals played a double-header yesterday with the Brewers winning the first, 3-0, and then the Cards responding for a big 9-1 win in the nightcap. Everything came together for St. Louis in the evening matchup.
Daniel Poncedeleon was sharp through 6 innings, as he gave up just 1 hit and 1 earned run to pace the Cardinals on the bump. In the afternoon meeting, it was Brent Suter of the Brewers who stood up strongly with a nice performance. The Cardinals nor the Brewers have clinched a postseason berth.
Note that the Cardinals will play a 58-game schedule because of games they missed earlier in the year because of the coronavirus, or will they be playing 60? If a two-game series against the Tigers has a chance to impact teams getting into the playoffs, or homefield advantage for the Cardinals, then they’ll play Monday at Comerica Park. Yeah, nobody said this season wasn’t bizarre. Everything seems to change on the fly in 2020.
The Cardinals need a win, while the Brewers are hoping for a last-second charge. Milwaukee enters Saturday with a record of 28-30. The Giants currently have the final wildcard in the National League with a record of 29-29. They would currently play their rivals, the Dodgers, at Dodger Stadium if everything remains as it is. The winner would then get an invite to the bubble in Arlington.
St. Louis would be playing the San Diego Padres as the No. 5 seed at Petco Park, if the playoffs started on Saturday. So, the Cardinals could finish as high as third in the National League and win the NL Central, or miss out on a wildcard. With the Cubs at 33-25, it’ll be tough for the Cardinals to catch them, but crazier things have happened.
If there’s a chance of it happening after this weekend, the Cardinals will be off to Detroit for a two-game series against the Tigers. Winning the division would bump the Cards up and give them homefield in the first round. Head below for our free Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals pick for September 26, 2020.
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The Cardinals will send out Adam Wainwright for his final start of the 2020 campaign. This has been a comeback season for Wainwright. After dominating for the greater part of nine years, Wainwright suffered a serious injury in 2015 and his career was derailed. Since that injury, Wainwright hasn’t finished with an ERA below the 4.00 mark.
However, Wainwright will this season, and he has a chance to bring it under 3.00 if he’s sharp on Saturday. Wainwright heads into this contest with an ERA of 3.05 and 1.02 WHIP. He’s conceded more than 3 earned runs in only one of nine starts. Wainwright faced the Brewers two starts ago on September 16 and was in good form.
He gave up 4 hits and 2 earned runs through 7 innings. Wainwright picked up the 4-2 win, and will be counted on to deliver another quality performance on Saturday against the same team. The Brewers are hitting .213 against Wainwright in 171 at-bats. Ryan Braun and Keston Kiura are the only members of the Brewers to hit a home run off him. In his most recent showing, Wainwright gave up 3 earned runs against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Brandon Woodruff was on the hill for the 4-2 loss against Wainwright. Woodruff conceded 7 hits and 4 runs in 7 innings. The Cards have been good against Woodruff, with a .286 batting average and 9 RBI in 69 at-bats. In his previous two games, across 12.2 innings, Woodruff has allowed 11 hits and 5 earned runs. It’s hard to ignore Wainwright and the Cardinals as slight home underdogs.