Preview: Cardinals at Brewers

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GAME: St. Louis Cardinals (27-25) at Milwaukee Brewers (23-28)
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 31 - 8:10 PM EST
WHERE: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


Pitching had been a trouble spot for the St. Louis Cardinals, but the rotation is starting to find a groove as the team continues a three-game series against the host Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Another strong start paved the way for a 6-0 victory Monday as St. Louis improved to 3-2 on its seven-game road trip.

Mike Leake, who has been sensational since a rocky start to the season, will take the mound Tuesday against struggling Milwaukee right-hander Wily Peralta. Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday homered among his three hits Monday and is 8-for-12 with a pair of blasts and four RBIs over the past three games. Brewers left field Ryan Braun has sat out two straight games due to an ailing neck and has missed nine of the past 15 games. It was only the second loss in seven games overall for Milwaukee, which has dropped four in a row to St. Louis at Miller Park.  

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Mike Leake (3-4, 3.90 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Wily Peralta (3-5, 6.62)

Even though he had his three-start winning streak halted, Leake is coming off another strong performance with seven innings of two-run ball at Washington. A pair of solo homers by the Nationals victimized Leake, who has surrendered four runs over 28 innings in his last four turns. Leake is 2-4 with a 4.72 ERA in 11 starts against the Brewers, including a no-decision on April 13 in which he allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings.

Peralta has managed to string together a pair of decent outings, which represents progress for a pitcher who has yet to go beyond six innings in any of his 10 starts. The 27-year-old Dominican picked up the victory at Atlanta last time out, giving up two runs over 5 1/3 innings, which followed 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball in a loss to the Mets. Matt Carpenter is 16-for-35 with three homers off Peralta, who is 4-9 with a 5.00 ERA against St. Louis.

WALK-OFFS

1. After going 1-for-10 in his first two games since coming off the paternity list, Carpenter had four hits and scored three runs Monday.

2. Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy is 7-for-14 with nine RBIs during a four-game hitting streak.

3. Cardinals CF Stephen Piscotty is expected back in the lineup Tuesday after missing Monday's game with a stomach bug.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 4, Brewers 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
St. Louis 27-25 W1 13-15 14-10 8-6 8-11 8-8 3-0
Milwaukee 23-28 L1 14-14 9-14 6-9 8-11 3-4 6-4

Last Meeting

St. Louis Milwaukee
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/30/16 STL 6 MIL 0 .308 1 .769 .167 0 .385

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
STL J. Hazelbaker .538 7 1.577
MIL J. Lucroy .357 5 .786
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
STL R. Grichuk 1 5 5
MIL D. Santana 1 2 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
STL 1.75 .338 44
MIL 6.09 .167 32
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
STL A. Diaz .326 56 .903
MIL R. Braun .351 53 1.006
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
STL M. Carpenter 9 32 33
MIL C. Carter 13 26 31
Pitching ERA Avg K
STL 4.22 .266 403
MIL 4.59 .243 378

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

St. Louis Overall Milwaukee
27-25 W/L 23-28
28-24 RL W/L 24-27
32-18-2 O/U 26-21-4
5.42 Runs For 4.22
4.52 Runs Against 4.90
St. Louis A/H Milwaukee
14-10 W/L 14-14
15-9 RL W/L 13-15
16-8-0 O/U 14-11-3
6.04 Runs For 4.54
4.42 Runs Against 4.93
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