oldballcoach1
Monday            Gonzalez vs. Wainwright
Tuesday            Houser vs. Mikolas
Wednesday        Lyles vs. Flaherty

A huge series begins tonight hosting the Cards.  A 3 game set with the Brewers beginning it 4 1/2 games out.  32 games remain this season, so it is getting close to time to where things are going to become desperate.  Winning 2 of 3 only closes the gap to 3 1/2.  A sweep would build some momentum and this is part of the Cards rotation to make some hay against.  Tonight is nearing a must win and that will set the stage for tomorrow. Losing 2 of 3 will be a first nail in the coffin.  

Just as the Cards are in a vulnerable spot in their rotation, the Brewers are set up with their best right now.  Gonzalez needs to get 6 innings tonight and keep the Cards in the ballpark.  No Grisham in the lineup tonight and Spangenberg is starting at short.  CC is banking on Cain getting hot and this may be the last chance for him to prove it for this season anyway.  It also is kind of telling that in what is the most important series of the season so far, Arcia is sitting.  Doesn't speak much for the confidence CC has in him.  
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yzerman1
The Cardinals are throwing their best pitcher in Jack Flaherty and their worst pitcher, Michael Wacha is missing this series.  No Dakota Hudson, but the Brewers are still seeing their best pitcher and their third and fourth best pitcher.   In his eight starts after the All Star break, Flaherty has an ERA of 0.73 so Wednesday is going to be a tough game. 
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db11
yzerman1 wrote:
The Cardinals are throwing their best pitcher in Jack Flaherty and their worst pitcher, Michael Wacha is missing this series.  No Dakota Hudson, but the Brewers are still seeing their best pitcher and their third and fourth best pitcher.   In his eight starts after the All Star break, Flaherty has an ERA of 0.73 so Wednesday is going to be a tough game. 


They're all tough for this bunch.

In case you wanna know how tonight's going, Wainwright had two plate appearances before Braun even got to the plate.

This may finally be the week we all get put out of our misery.
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oldballcoach1
This was not a good start to the series. db you are right, things could be wrapped up by the end of this week.  Tonights beatdown puts a ton of pressure on Houser tomorrow.  I have no problem letting Gio stay out there and serve it up.  This game was pretty much decided after the 2nd inning and there was no need to waste the bullpen.  
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db11
12-2. Yep.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/cardinals-vs-brewers/2019/08/26/567617#game_state=final,game_tab=box,game=567617

I'm gonna be there tomorrow. Please keep me in your thoughts.
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blade12
About the time I am ready to say they are done they win a game or 2 and give us some hope. 

Braun has been their best hitter lately but let's bat him 6th last night?? I know his history vs Wainwright isn't good but if that's the case give him the night off and let him PH later vs the BP and be a little bit more rested for games 2 and 3.

If you don't have any faith in Arcia why did you trade Dubon especially after only 2 AB's???  28, 29 and 30 year old Spangenberg, Orf and Saladinao are not the answer or the future at SS.

Like a chicken with their head cut off. 
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traviswilson
"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth" sure seems to fit the Brewers front office and admin this year.

The Brewers have done just enough to hang around, but nothing in the last month plus to show they are a legitimate contender for the playoffs. As someone (McAlvy?) tweeted yesterday, they were .500 in their last 10, last 20, last 30, and last 40 games.
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yzerman1
Mike Shildt  should be the National League Manager of the Year in a landslide.  He's got a very mediocre Cardinals in first by 3 games with 30 games to play.  They only have two starting pitchers with an ERA above league average and only four hitters have an OPS Plus over 100(League Average).   Only Goldschmidt and Ozuna have an OPS over .800.  The Brewers have six hitters over .800 and four starters with an OPS Plus over 100.  That doesn't include Adrian Houser and Jordan Lyles who are both above league average in their few starts.   I'm still skeptical of the Cardinals chances of making the playoffs.  However, the last four games against the Brewers Shildt has pushed all the right buttons.  He has pulled pitchers early, made things happen on the bases, and put guys in spots to succeed.   He's got the Cardinals believing they can win.  The Brewers blame falls more on the Front Office than anything Counsell has done this year.
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oldballcoach1
There is plenty of blame to go around. Stearns did not address the needs of this team and made some terrible personnel decisions - or lack of decisions in some cases.  Counsell and his continuous merry go round of an order hasn't allowed for much consistency as guys go up and down the order.  Players are creatures of habit and most will say they like to get locked into a spot in the order.  And the combination of Stearns and Counsell with the pitching philosophy that has overburdened the bullpen.  And the players and several of the lack of production of some key guys.  

A loss tonight pretty much eliminates the chances of winning the division and really puts the Wild Card in jeopardy.  Those teams ahead of the Brewers just seem to have some urgency about them.  I don't see that urgency with this Brewer team.  
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roadkill1
The Brewers are in pretty big trouble.

In fairness, injuries have taken a severe toll.

Frankly, though disappointing, the results are decent based on the things that have gone wrong.

Aguilar, Shaw and Chacin "Bill Hall'd" the Brewers.
Nelson, Suter, Knebble, Jeffress, Woodruff, Burnes, Gio and Miley all played pretty big rolls last year.
Not so much this year.
I believe Cain played, and maybe still is playing hurt.
Look at the guys that contributed heavily last year.
I don't even have a guess on Hader.
The league just caught up to him.
Just the games he has let get away would have the Brewers in a better place.

Only 3, maybe 4, are playing playoff caliber baseball right now, and 1 is a rookie and 1 you guys hate on 1 of them.

Yes they still have a shot, but I'm not seeing much fire/desire to do so soon.
It's tough to overcome 5+ games.
Even tougher to catch multiple teams.
The Cardinals seem to understand the gravity of the current situation.
The Brewers?
Not so much.

The irony is the starting pitching was looking good, until last night.


On a positive, there is lots of decent arms for next spring.

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db11
Miles Mikolas is not a strikeout pitcher, but you wouldn't know that from tonight's game.
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db11
Molina is not a home run hitter but you wouldn't know that from watching tonight's game.

Also, just had a rain delay at Miller Park. A great metaphor for the season.
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yzerman1
db11 wrote:
Miles Mikolas is not a strikeout pitcher, but you wouldn't know that from tonight's game.


First time he has ever reached double digits in strikeouts in a game and he did it in only six innings tonight.  
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db11
Fitting ending.
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blade12
A HUGE game vs your rival, division leader and a team that has had your number more than any other and the most passion the team can muster is a walk up song.

This is how soft this team is...  will Molina get hit tonight??  NOPE!!
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