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Cardinals get another crack at Yelich, Brewers

According to STATS
According to STATS

St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Brewers won three of four games against the Cardinals in their opening series of the season. The two teams combined for 18 home runs (nine each) in that series. The last time both teams hit nine or more big flies in a four-game series was in August 2017 (Mets, 10 home runs, at Phillies, 11 home runs).
  2. The Cardinals split a two-game series with the Reds in Monterrey, Mexico. St. Louis has won six of its last seven games after starting the season 3-5. The Cardinals' bullpen has a 1.82 ERA in the past seven after posting a 4.13 ERA in the first eight games.
  3. The Brewers took two of three from the Dodgers in Los Angeles over the weekend. Milwaukee has scored 6.29 runs per game at home this season and 3.78 runs per game on the road. Their difference of 2.51 runs per game is the third largest among teams who have a higher scoring average at home.
  4. Freddy Peralta has had one gem of a start -- 8.0 innings with two hits, no runs and 11 strikeouts -- sandwiched by two duds -- 11 combined earned runs over 6.1 innings. Peralta has held batters to a .157 average at home since 2018, fifth lowest among current NL pitchers (minimum 100 batters faced).
  5. Marcell Ozuna launched two home runs in the win over the Reds on Sunday to bring his season RBI total to 11. Ozuna is one of three Cardinals (Paul Goldschmidt, 10 and Kolten Wong, 10) who have driven in 10-plus runs this season, tying St. Louis for second most in the NL (LAD -- five players).
  6. Yasmani Grandal went 6-for-11 with 3 RBI against his former club, the Dodgers, over the weekend. Grandal has a 1.148 OPS this season, the second-highest mark among catchers with 25 or more plate appearances this season (Willson Contreras, ChC: 1.198; based on season position).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/15/2019 thru 4/17/2019

The St. Louis Cardinals have tried different approaches when Christian Yelich comes to the plate, but they still haven't figured the best way to deal with the reigning National League Most Valuable Player.

The Cardinals will try again Monday when they visit the Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a three-game series.

St. Louis has won six of its past seven games -- including a 9-5 victory over the Reds in Monterrey, Mexico on Sunday -- but opened the season by losing three of four in Milwaukee. Yelich went 6-for-12 in the series with four home runs, eight RBIs and six walks.

"Candidly, I can't recall a series like that," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told reporters after Yelich hit a walk-off two-run double in the series finale. "I've had some guys that are smoking hot against us, but I've never seen that kind of damage over four days."

The Cardinals tried pitching around Yelich in the final meeting of last season on Sept. 26, walking him intentionally five times, but he still scored both runs in the 2-1 victory that completed a three-game sweep.

The Brewers will likely pay close attention when St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong comes to the plate as well. He went 8-for-14 in the season-opening series with two home runs and four RBIs.

Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta will have the task of slowing down Wong and the Cardinals.

Peralta (1-0, 6.91) has one outstanding start sandwiched between two poor outings this season, but the 22-year-old right-hander has avoided taking a loss.

He lasted only three innings in his season debut against the Cardinals on March 29, allowing four runs and six hits in the 9-5 loss.

Peralta blanked the Reds on two hits over eight innings in a 1-0 win five days later, but went only 3 1/3 innings on Tuesday at the Los Angeles Angels, giving up seven runs and eight hits in the 11-8 loss.

Against the Cardinals and Angels, Peralta got off to rough starts, allowing three runs in the first inning against the Cardinals and six in the first against the Angels.

The Brewers were swept by the Angels, but came back to take two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, ending with a 7-1 loss on Sunday.

'We won the series, so I think we did a decent job overall," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said of the road trip. "Finished with a good series, did not have a good series in Anaheim, and on to the next one."

St. Louis right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-1, 2.79) will make his third major league start after coming out of the bullpen in all 26 appearances during his rookie year last season.

He has not allowed a run in his past two outings.

Hudson earned a two-out save in a 5-4 win at the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 3, then returned to a starting role on Tuesday and blanked the Dodgers on six hits over 4 2/3 innings of a 4-0 victory.

"Still looking to find my feel for everything, and be more effective in the zone, and get some quicker outs," Hudson said after his latest outing. "Still looking to be a starter, rather than a relief guy out there, so just trying to figure out what my mix is."

Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw is 3-for-3 with a homer in his career vs. Hudson.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 15, 2019

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