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MLB Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (84-65) at St. Louis Cardinals (66-83)


SUMMARY: Are 184-237 all-time, including 3-3 this season…..went 9-10 last season.

at MIL: Are 88-122 all-time, including 2-1 this season…..went 5-5 last season…..are 78-110 at American Family Field and 10-12 at County Stadium.

at STL: Are 96-115 all-time, including 1-2 this season…..went 4-5 last season…..have gone 73-80 at new Busch Stadium and 23-35 at old Busch Stadium.

Brewers’ magic number to clinch the NL Central is 7…..a combination of Brewers wins and Cubs losses totaling 7 will clinch the division…..the magic number to clinch a postseason berth is 7 over the D-backs, Marlins and Cubs.

The Hunt for October
The Brewers are looking to qualify for the postseason for the fifth time in the last six seasons…..the team made the postseason in a franchise-record four consecutive years from 2018-21 and missed the postseason by just a single game in both 2017 and 2022.

Best MLB Records – Since August 18
Team Record
Milwaukee ………………………19-8 (.704)
Baltimore ……………………………19-9 (.679)
Tampa Bay …………………………19-9 (.679)

Freddy, Set, Go!
Freddy Peralta is 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA over his last 9 starts (53.2ip, 12er) while holding opponents to a .154 AVG (29-for-188) and 0.75 WHIP with 11 walks and 82 strikeouts.

NL Leaders – Strikeouts
Pitcher K
Spencer Strider, ATL …………………….259
Blake Snell, SD………………………………..217
Freddy Peralta, MIL ……………………200

That’ll Leave a Mark
Mark Canha, acquired from the Mets on July 31, is batting .319 (43-for-135) with 5 HR and 26 RBI in 39 games with the Brewers (.404/.481/.885).

TONIGHT’S GAME: Is game 1 of the final road trip of the season to St. Louis (4g) and Miami (3g)…..the Brewers are coming off a 5-2 homestand against Miami (3-1) and Washington (2-1)…..following this trip and an off day next Monday, the team returns to American Family Field to end the regular season vs. St. Louis (3g) and Chicago-NL (3g)

IN THE TRAINER’S ROOM: LHP Aaron Ashby (left labrum), RHP J.C. Mejía (right shoulder), OF Garrett Mitchell (left shoulder), 1B Darin Ruf (right knee), RHP Julio Teheran (right hip), LHP Justin Wilson (left lat) and OF Jesse Winker (back/right quad) are on the injured list…..Ashby, Mejía, Mitchell, Ruf and Wilson are on the 60-day IL.

IN THE STANDINGS (172 days): The Brewers have spent the following number of days alone or tied at each position in the NL Central standings: FIRST: 119, SECOND: 51, THIRD: 2, FOURTH: 0, FIFTH: 0…..the team is currently in first place, leading the second-place Cubs by 6.5 games.

SERIES-LY SPEAKING: The Brewers are 27-19-2 in series play.
Game 1: 27-21, Game 2: 29-19, Game 3: 23-23, Game 4: 5-2
Sweep Wins (9): vs. NYM (3g, 4/3-4/5), at SEA (3g, 4/17-4/19), vs. KC (3g, 5/12-5/14), vs. PIT (3g, 6/16-6/18), at CIN (3g, 7/14-7/16), at CWS (3g, 8/11-8/13),
at TEX (3g, 8/18-8/20), vs. MIN (2g, 8/22-8/23), vs. SD (3g, 8/25-8/27)
Sweep Losses (5): at COL (3g, 5/2-5/4), vs. OAK (3g, 6/9-6/11), at MIN (2g, 6/13-6/14), at ATL (3g, 7/28-7/30), at LAD (3g, 8/15-8/17)

AT HOME: The Brewers are 45-30 at home, going 15-7-2 in series play…..the team is 13-3 in its last 16 home games…..from 8/9-9/2 had a season-high 8-game winning streak…..went 46-35 at home last season, going 15-8-4 in series play.

ON THE ROAD: The Brewers are 39-35 on the road, going 12-12-0 in series play…..went 40-41 on the road last season, going 9-12-5 in series play.

LET’S GO TO THE VIDEO TAPE: The Brewers have made 30 replay challenges this
season, going 14-16…..their last challenge (won) came on 9/14 vs. Miami as an out call
at home plate (Tyrone Taylor) was overturned.

TONIGHT’S STARTER: #51 – RHP FREDDY PERALTA (28gs, 12-8, 3.79)
PERALTA AT A GLANCE: Freddy Peralta, 27, will be making his 29th start of the season and third against the Cardinals…..Peralta last started last Tuesday vs. Miami and earned a 3-1 win (6.1ip, 2h, 1r, 1er, 0bb, 9k, 1hr, 95 pitches)…..he is 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA in his last 9 starts (53.2ip, 12er)…..the team is 17-11 in his starts…..he has produced 15 quality starts…..opponents are batting .204 (118-for-578, 23hr)…..he was named NL Pitcher of the Month for August (5gs, 5-0, 2.10era)…..Peralta was acquired from Seattle, along with RHP Carlos Herrera and RHP Daniel Missaki, in exchange for 1B Adam Lind on 12/9/15…..on 2/28/20, he signed a 5-year contract through the 2024 season with club options for 2025 and 2026.

200: Peralta has 200 strikeouts this season…..he is the eighth pitcher (13x) in franchise history to produce 200+ strikeouts in a season, joining Yovani Gallardo (4x), Teddy Higuera (2x), Corbin Burnes (2x), Ben Sheets, Doug Davis, Zack Greinke and Brandon Woodruff.

CAREER: Is 42-25 with a 3.81 ERA in 144 games/95 starts (571.2ip, 242er)… in his sixth Major League season, all with the Brewers (2018-23)… 34-23 with a 3.80 ERA as a starter (487.2ip, 206er) and 8-2 with a 3.86 ERA in relief (84ip, 36er)…..was an All-Star in 2021.

CAREER AT AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD: Is 25-14 with a 3.37 ERA in 78 games/50 starts (312.2ip, 117er)… 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 16 starts this season (89ip, 34er).

CAREER ON THE ROAD: Is 17-11 with a 4.34 ERA in 66 games/45 starts (259ip, 125er)… 5-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 12 starts this season (67.2ip, 32er).

CAREER vs. CARDINALS: Is 3-5 with a 6.36 ERA in 14 games/10 starts (52.1ip, 37er), including 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA in 2 starts this season (11.1ip, 7er)… 0-2 with a 7.58 ERA in 5 career games/3 starts at Busch Stadium (19ip, 16er).


RECENT REDBIRDS: The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers resume their season series for the first time since May with tonight’s opener of a four-game series at Busch Stadium … The two division-rivals face off seven times over the next 11 days (Sept. 18-28) … St. Louis is 1-2 on its homestand after rookie Jordan Walker blasted a game-winning solo homer in the 8th inning yesterday to propel the Cardinals to a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.

FLIGHT PATTERN: The Cardinals enter today in 5th place in the NL Central, 3.5 games behind 4th-place Pittsburgh … St. Louis has spent 132 of 166 days in last place on the MLB schedule (April 26-May 19, May 29-July 7 & July 28-present) … The Cardinals 66-83 record is their lowest at the 149-game mark since 1990 when they were 66-83 (.443).

GALLEGOS TO IL, WOODFORD RECALLED: Prior to tonight’s series opener with Milwaukee, the Cardinals announced that they placed RHP Giovanny Gallegos on the 15-Day Injured List with right shoulder rotator cuff tendonitis and recalled RHP Jake Woodford from Memphis (AAA).

WAINO WATCH: Adam Wainwright takes his first crack at earning career win #200 tonight while aiming to become the 38th pitcher in National League history to reach 200 career wins and only the 24th pitcher in all of Major League \Baseball since 2000 to reach the 200 career win threshold … Former pitchers who also won their 200th career game with the Cardinals include:

  • Bob Gibson (Aug. 4, 1971 vs. San Francisco)
  • Jesse Haines (Sept. 17, 1935-1 vs. Brooklyn)
  • Chuck Finley (Sept. 28, 2002 vs. Milwaukee)
  • Jon Lester (Sept. 20, 2021 at Milwaukee)

GAMES THAT MATTER: Major League Baseball has the St. Louis postseason elimination number at two games … Since Opening Day of 2011, the Cardinals have played 1,986 regular season games, out of 1,989, during which they still maintained playoff aspirations and had not yet been eliminated.

FREDDY VS. GOLDENADO: In 25 career plate appearances against Freddy Peralta, Nolan Arenado is batting .409/.480/.955 (9-22) with 4 homers and 10 RBI … In 24 plate appearances, Paul Goldschmidt is slashing .381/.458/.857 (8-21) with two homers, four doubles, and seven RBI … No other opposing batter has more home runs and RBI off Peralta than Arenado.

THANK YOU FANS: With tonight’s game, the Cardinals will have surpassed the 3 million mark in home attendance for the 18th consecutive season unaffected by limited capacity (2004-19, ‘22-23) and the 25th season overall. .. The Cardinals 40,747 per game average ranks 3rd to the Dodgers and Yankees in MLB.

IMMACULATE CARDINALS-BREWERS: According to Baseball Reference, 105 players have appeared for the Cardinals and Brewers in their careers, but only two exclusively played for St. Louis and Milwaukee: INF Mike Coolbaugh (2001-02) and RHP Mike Crudale (2002- 03) … Those two players tie for the fewest between the Cardinals and any other organization (also two b/w St. Louis & Seattle).


  • Makes his 21st start of the season & 478th career appearance (411th career start). Is seeking career win #200; ranks 3rd all-time St. Louis in wins (Bob Gibson, 251 & Jesse Haines, 210). Gibson won his 200th on 8/4/71 vs. SF in 404th career game. Facing the Brewers for the 1st time this season, but 55th time in his career – 2nd most behind only the Chicago Cubs (59 games). Snapped career-high 10-game losing skid in 5-2 win at BAL last Tue. (9/12) and became just the 2nd Cardinals pitcher all-time to record multiple 20-start seasons (2022-23) at age 40+, joining Grover Alexander (1927-28). Is one of three active players age 40+ with Rich Hill (43) and Miguel Cabrera (40). Adam is currently the 11th-oldest pitcher and 6th-oldest starting pitcher in Cardinals history. Has made 58 starts since turning age 40. Seeking 1st win at home since 5/18 (16-8) vs. LAD; he’s currently T-2nd all-time among Cardinals in career home wins (107) with Jesse Haines, trailing Bob Gibson (117). Wainwright is one of 13 pitchers (two Cardinals) in MLB history to make 400 or more career starts exclusively with one organization. Clayton Kershaw (419) joins Wainwright as the two active. Bob Gibson ranks 6th, while Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators leads at 666. Passed Bob Forsch (2,658.2) for 3rd all-time in Cardinals history in career innings pitched (2,661.1) during last start (9/12 at Baltimore). Celebrated 18.000 years/days of Major League service on August 21, the same day Joey Votto hit the 16.000 MLS milestone. Miguel Cabrera (20.074) and Zack Grenike (19.030) are only other active players to have hit that mark. Has pitched 5.0+ innings in 14 of his 20 starts, with three quality starts. Has missed a total of 48 games this season. Missed the first 33 games of the season (March 30-May 5) due to a groin injury suffered while working out during the WBC Finals and another 15 games (July 5-23) due to a right shoulder strain.


  • Won for the 1st time since June 17 at NY Mets, snapping his career-high 10-game losing skid in a 5-2 win at Baltimore. It was his 1st career win against the Orioles.

9/12 @BAL W 5-2 W-4 5.0 7 2 2 3 3 0 94-59

BUSCH STADIUM III (2006-present)

  • Has made 213 career starts at Busch Stadium III, 17th-most at a single stadium in MLB history. Clayton Kershaw (214 at Dodger Stadium) ranks 16th, while Tim Wakefield (216 at Fenway Park) ranks 15th. Has 1,201 regular season strikeouts at Busch Stadium III, tied with Dazzy Vance (1,201 at Ebbets Field) for 12th-most all-time at a single stadium. Chuck Finley (1,236 at Angel Stadium) ranks 11th. Has thrown 1,430.1 innings at Busch, tying Tommy Bridges (1,430.1 at Tiger Stadium) for 34th all-time at a single stadium. Roger Clemens (1,443.2 at Fenway Park) is 33rd. Earned 107 career regular season wins at Busch Stadium III, tied with Wilbur Cooper (107 at Forbes Field) for 22nd-most wins at a single stadium. Needs one Home win to pass Jesse Haines (107) for 2nd all-time among Cardinals.
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