Good morning everyone and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Brewer Daily News. Heading toward the end of his second year in the major leagues, Milwaukee Brewers’ shortstop Jean Segura is giving it all he has in the next few weeks. In the second bit of news, tonight the Brewers (62-80) will take on the St. Louis Cardinals (83-60) for a three game series at Miller Park.
This season, Segura, 23, has played in 137 games and still has plans to finish the season on a strong note. Back in July, Segura was voted into his first All-Star Game as a reserve and has continued to play solid baseball for the team, though he has cooled off since then.
“It’s tough, especially here in the big leagues where it’s six months and you play every day,” Segura said. “Spring Training, winter ball, too. It’s a lot. I mean, I’m feeling it right now.” – via Brewers.com
Segura did talk about possibly playing in the Winter Leagues this December, but has not yet come to a decision. Overall this season, Segura is hitting .301/.334/.432 with 12 home runs, 46 RBIs, 70 runs scored and has stolen 40 bases.
The Brewers do battle with St. Louis tonight to finish up their home stand before heading on a 10 game road trip. In their previous series, the Brewers defeated the Cubs 2-1 while the Cardinals swept the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
For the Cardinals, they’ve been battling the Pirates and Cincinnati Reds for the top spot in the National League Central, where the Redbirds currently sit. In this series, they’ll look to gain more ground as the Brewers will try and play spoiler to the top three teams.
Offensively, the Cards have been a powerhouse all season led by catcher Yadier Molina who is hitting .320 and second baseman Matt Carpenter who leads in runs (112) and OPS (.868). They still remain without first baseman Allen Craig who will be re-evaluated soon for his left foot injury.
Pitching wise, the team has relied heavily upon the arms of Adam Wainwright and rookie Shelby Miller who have been outstanding. In the bullpen, they have the newly acquired ex-Brewer John Axford and closer Edward Mujica whose 36 saves have been dominant.
The Brewers on the other hand have been in the midst of a small winning streak after they lost five games straight, including a series where they were swept by the Los Angeles Angels. For the Brew Crew, they’ll look to get more production out of their line-up and ride players like Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy for as long as they can.
Tonight the Brewers will take on the Cardinals to begin the three game series at 8:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Shelby Miller (12-9, 3.19 ERA) for St. Louis and Wily Peralta (9-14, 4.51 ERA) for Milwaukee.