Cards’ Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina eye milestone vs. Brewers
Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina will reach another impressive milestone when the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night.
This will be their 300th regular-season game as the starting pitcher and catcher and this will be just the fourth battery in major league history to reach that mark.
“It’s really a mind-blowing number, for me,” said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. “It speaks to the longevity. It speaks to each of their ability to compete well. It speaks well to the fact they want to stay in an organization for as long as they have. It’s really an amazing, amazing accomplishment for both of them.”
Wainwright (13-7, 2.97 ERA) and Molina are battling to keep the Cardinals (68-64) in the National League wild-card race. The Cincinnati Reds currently hold the second wild-card slot, one-half game ahead of the San Diego Padres, two games up on the Philadelphia Phillies and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals.
“We’ve got to play well the rest of the year,” Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. “It’s pretty simple.”
The chase gets tougher in this three-game series in Milwaukee. The Brewers (82-53) are rolling toward the NL Central title with a 10-game divisional lead over the second-place Reds.
The Brewers just won three of four games over the Giants in San Francisco. They are 5-4 against the Cardinals with 10 games remaining in their season series.
Wainwright is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA against them this season and 18-12 with a 2.49 ERA in 46 career outings against them, including 39 starts.
Christian Yelich (7-for-22, six walks), Avisail Garcia (4-for-10), Omar Narvaez (3-for-10, two walks, double, two RBIs) and Kolten Wong (2-for-5, two doubles, RBI) have hit well against him.
But Garcia left Milwaukee’s 5-1 loss to the Giants Thursday with back and hamstring tightness, so he will be questionable for Friday’s game.
The Brewers will start Freddy Peralta (9-3. 2.45 ERA), who will come off the 10-day injured list (shoulder discomfort) for this game. He has no decisions and a 3.00 ERA in two starts against the Cardinals this season.
Peralta left his previous start against them on Aug. 18 after just two innings due to his shoulder issue. He gradually rebuilt strength with bullpen sessions.
“What I know is that I feel 100 percent ready to go, to keep competing, to help the team to get wins,” Peralta said. “We took that time to get stronger and get ready for October. A lot of strength exercises for my shoulder, and also I took that time to work on my core to keep strong.”
Peralta is 2-1 with a 5.10 ERA in five career appearances against the Cardinals, including five starts. Goldschmidt (6-for-10, two homers, five RBIs), Tommy Edman (3-for-9, RBI) and Paul DeJong (3-for-11, homer, two RBIs) have fared well against Peralta.
The Brewers hope to activate infielder Eduardo Escobar (hamstring) from the 10-day IL for this series. They also recalled reliever Alec Bettinger from Triple-A Nashville to replace starting pitcher Brett Anderson, who went on the 10-day IL with a shoulder contusion suffered Wednesday night.
The Cardinals will likely replace reliever Junior Fernandez, who suffered a lat strain in Game 2 of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
–Field Level Media