After a disappointing start to their seven game home-stand, which the Milwaukee Brewers not only lost the first three games to the Reds but also lost both Jonathan Lucroy and Scooter Gennett to the disabled list, the Brewers were able to salvage the final game of the series with a 4-2 victory.
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Things will not get any easier this weekend as the first place St. Louis Cardinals come to town. Last week when the two teams squared off, the Brewers were surprisingly able to win game one and beat Adam Wainwright, but then they lost the final two games. The Cardinals finished their three game series against the Nationals this week winning two of three and they could have easily won all three. This weekend with the Cardinals coming to town, the Brewers will look to build on their win and get their 3-13 record closer to respectability.
With the aide of Redbirdrants, here is a look at the enemy:
Wong went 6-12 in the series against the Washington Nationals and could be a very difficult offensive threat at the bottom of the order. On a big Wednesday night, Wong also saw his first home run of the season.
Last week Carpenter was the National League player of the week and he has continued to hit this week. As one of the most dangerous leadoff hitters in the league, Carpenter is currently hitting .386 with three homers and 11 RBIs. If the Brewers are going to have hope in this series, they need to keep him off the bases.
Garza was able to beat the Cardinals last time out and he will need improved command if he is going to do it again. With a tough task facing Martinez, the bats will need to come out swinging.
Wily Peralta 0-2 5.68 vs. Adam Wainwright 2-1 1.71
Wily Peralta has not pitched as poorly as his record and ERA has indicated, but he will need to bring his A-game Saturday night facing Wainwright. The Brewers were able to finally get to Wainwright by beating him last time and they will need a strong outing from Peralta for that to happen again.
Fiers has been haunted by lack of command and the home run ball this season. Facing Lynn on Sunday is a tough match-up considering that he is six and two against the Brewers in his career with an ERA of 2.23.