August 30: Cardinals @ Brewers

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (69-61, -14.0 in NL Central), Brewers (56-75, -27.5 in NL Central)

Wild Card: Giants (+2.0), Cardinals, Pirates (-1.5), Marlins (-2.5), Mets (-2.5)

First pitch: 7:10 p.m. CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (1B), Jedd Gyorko (SS), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Yadier Molina (C), Randal Grichuk (CF), Tommy Pham (LF), Kolten Wong (2B), Adam Wainwright (RHP)

Brewers lineup: Jonathan Villar (SS), Scooter Gennett (2B), Ryan Braun (LF), Hernan Perez (3B), Chris Carter (1B), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (RF), Keon Broxton (CF), Martin Maldonado (C), Wily Peralta (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Carlos Martinez showed on Monday why he has become the anchor in the Cardinals’ rotation (link)
  • Kolten Won gets rare start, showcases exciting skill set to key a win (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 6- 5 win over the Brewers on Monday (link)
  • The Cardinals’ bullpen is still in search of stabilization — maybe now more so than ever before (link)
  • Mike Leake lands on the DL; Alex Reyes to remain in the rotation (link)
  • Aledmys Diaz receives clearance to begin swinging again and moves closer to a return (link)
  • Could Brayan Pena rejoin the Cardinals in September as a possible pinch-hit option? (link)

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I’ll bet Waino’s pretty darned apprehensive about his start tonite. Baseball rules say 3 strikes and you’re out, right? So if he struggles in this evening’s game, that would 3 bad starts in a row….which would make it look like he’s truly lost his mojo.
I hope Socolovich’s outing last nite was indicative of what he’s capable of on a regular basis. Then again, it could’ve been a fluke instead. Hard to say after only one appearance.

Waino looked pretty good last nite, thank goodness. Post-game, he said he’d watched a bunch of videos of his best outings from 2013 & 2014 to prepare for last nite’s game. Then, he changed up everything he’s been doing lately to match the way he was pitching back then. Revving up the MPH’s on his fastball among a few other things, trusting that his control & the movement would remain.
Weaver tonite. Let’s hope the Birds can heat up their offense and Weaver can keep us in the game. But if he struggles? Who do ya’ bring in then???
Not sure why MM only used Oh in one inning. Maybe ’cause he got hit hard in the chest with that one line drive?
I think the Cards lucked out acquiring Zach Duke. Not only is he a lefty, but he has that side-arm action that throws off batters. Not as pronounced as say, Cishek…but still a completely different delivery that’s hard to square up.

Just watched an inning or two of Red Sox pitcher, Steven Wright. His pitches vary only between 68-74 mph. (Btw, it looks like the guy might work out at the same gym as Bartolo does. Hahaha.)
Anyway…I guess I never really took a close look at a knuckleballer before. It sure seems like he’d be easy to hit. But according to what I read? Knuckleballs thrown correctly, are supposedly tough to put a bat on.
Speaking of pitchers? The Red Sox brought up ex Cardinal Joe Kelly from the minors last month, for a short stint in their bullpen. Altho’ he was throwing triple-digit heaters (surprise!), he had issues with placement. So…back down to the minors he went. He was a fun guy while he was in St Louis.

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