Thursday: Zach Davies (14.1 IP, 8.79 ERA, 15.5 K%) v. Carlos Martinez (17.2 IP, 3.57 ERA, 30 K%)
One number pops out from the stats above: Martinez’s 30% strikeout rate. What you don’t see listed is his sky-high walk rate of 11.3%, which serves to offset the gains from the pile of Ks. Martinez has been allergic to the strike zone this season, throwing strikes just 40.4% of the time. I’m not a doctor, but I’d be patient against the 25-year-old.
Friday: Wily Peralta (17 IP, 2.65 ERA, 19.4 K%) v. Adam Wainwright (13.2 IP, 7.24 ERA, 18.8 K%)
It seems like the ravages of time (and frequent injury) seem to be finally catching up with Wainwright, who was ordinary a year ago and has been rocked so far this season. He’s been the victim of some very bad luck (.458 BABIP), but also he’s Adam friggin’ Wainwright, so he deserves it and also much worse.
Saturday: Chase Anderson (18 IP, 1.50 ERA, 22.9 K%) v. Lance Lynn (17.1 IP, 3.12 ERA, 17.6 K%)
It’s been a very nice start to the season for Anderson, who was originally slated to be in the Brewers bullpen until injuries to Matt Garza and Junior Guerra opened up opportunities. He’s seized control of his spot now, and it would be as shocking as it would be foolish if he lost his job to Garza, who is expected to return this week.
Sunday: Jimmy Nelson (18.1 IP, 4.42 ERA, 20.8 K%) v. Mike Leake (21.1 IP, 0.84 ERA, 17.7 K%)
While Leake’s strikeout rate isn’t elite, his walk rate (1.3%) is, giving him an above average K-BB% despite the low strikeout totals. He’s benefitting from a low BABIP (.266), but that’s backed up by a career-high groundball rate of 57.1%. It’s still very early, of course, but so far Leake’s success appears to at least somewhat sustainable and not simply the product of batted ball luck.
2017: First meeting
All-Time: 128-182 (60-93 in Milwaukee)
The Brewers, who officially have been a subsidiary of the St. Louis Cardinals since 2011, actually have a better record at Busch Stadium than they do against the Cardinals in Milwaukee. The reason for this is most likely because there is no god.
Are the Cardinals good?
Hahahaha no! The Cardinals are 6-9 on 4/20, which is just about the nicest thing I can think of. That’s all I have to say about that.
Who is the most handsome Cardinals player?
All Cardinals players are ugly, inside and out, owing to the fact that every player on the 25-man roster has his blood siphoned out his body and replaced with a thick, green resin that sustains life, such as it is, but deforms the mind and body while rending the soul completely in two.
Old friends and new enemies:
Dexter Fowler, OF: You may have noticed that Dexter Fowler was no longer sitting atop the Cubs lineup this week, nor patrolling center field. Perhaps you noticed this while his replacement, Albert Almora Jr., was literally ruining my life with his clutch hitting. That’s because Fowler committed perhaps the most damning of sins a Cubs player can perpetrate: he signed with the Cardinals. The trader has gotten off to a somewhat slow start with his new team, hitting .183/.258/.333 and striking out in over a quarter of his plate appearances. This is likely due to a negative reaction to the blood replacement, and he’ll straighten out once he becomes used to it and it’s unholy powers begin to take hold.
Jonathan Broxton, RP: The Cardinals have retained the services of the portly former Brewer, who was traded to St. Louis in 2015 in exchange for Malik Collymore. He is still bad (12.27 ERA in four appearances).
If the Cardinals were a Taylor Swift GIF, which one would they be?
The Cardinals are evil, and they could never be a Taylor Swift GIF. The closest they could ever possibly come is a GIF of someone else wondering about Taylor Swift.
Who makes the best St. Louis style pizza?
Made me some authentic St. Louis style pizza pic.twitter.com/B6Dfa7mlz8
— gibby™ (@soilentgibby) April 15, 2016
Milwaukee Broadcast Information:
Thursday: 7:10 pm on FS Wisconsin Plus (TWC 1310) and 620 WTMJ
Friday: 7:10 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Saturday: 6:10 pm on 620 WTMJ (No TV)
Sunday: 1:10 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ