Adam Wainwright is a very good pitcher. The Cardinals have a very good lineup. Randy Wolf is an average pitcher, at best. Perhaps if you ask me before the game, I’m optimistic and I say the Brewers scratch a few runs together and lose something like 6-2 or 7-3. But this is a matchup that the Brewers probably win 20, 30% of the time, and possibly not even that.
There’s really not much to say. Wainwright dominated, striking out eight Brewers and inducing a ridiculous 15 ground balls. One might expect more than two of them to get through the holes, but the Cardinals have a very solid defensive infield, and this just appeared to be one of those days where the Cardinals just had the Brewers number.
Jeff Suppan can help this team in one way. Eating innings. He did that tonight, and this is really the only situation he should see. Multiple inning outings, low leverage. The ultimate mopup man. Thirteen million dollars at work.
Tomorrow should be interesting. Chris Narveson will face rookie Adam Ottavino in what should be a very different pitching matchup.