MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
St. Louis1 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 690
Milwaukee0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 260
  W: M. Mikolas (12-13)   L: A. Houser (6-10)
4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)5:40 PM CT, September 27, 2022
American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 29,341

Brewers fighting for playoff lives as Cards visit for two-game set

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St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Cardinals are unbeaten in their last seven series with Milwaukee (3-0-4), winning 15 of 24 games. Additionally, St. Louis is 8-4 in its last 12 visits to Wisconsin.
  2. The Cardinals have scored two runs or fewer in six of their last eight games and rank last in the majors with a .183 team batting average and 2.50 runs per game during that stretch. Eleven of the team's 20 runs over the eight games were scored in a shutout win over the Dodgers.
  3. Miles Mikolas has lost three straight starts for the first time since May of 2019 but ranks ninth in the NL with a 2.52 ERA in September. He's given up two runs or fewer in five of his last seven starts against Milwaukee, compiling a 0.88 WHIP and .207 opponent batting average since Aug. 27, 2019.
  4. A year after going 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA in four starts against the Cardinals, Adrian Houser is 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA in two starts against them. Milwaukee has won his last four starts, but he's failed to reach the fifth inning in each of the last two.
  5. Hunter Renfroe has homered in back-to-back games for the fifth time this season and is 6-for-13 (.462) with six RBI in his last three contests. He's reached safely in all 11 games against the Cardinals this year but is 1-for-15 (.067) with six strikeouts in his last four home games.
  6. Albert Pujols is hitting .295 with 13 homers and a .949 OPS on the road compared to .228 with eight homers and a .759 OPS at home. His .295 average would be his highest on the road in a single season since hitting .330 away from home in 2009 for the Cardinals.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/28/2022 thru 9/27/2022

The Milwaukee Brewers will turn to right-hander Adrian Houser on Tuesday as they continue their wild-card chase against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a two-game series.

The Brewers, on the verge of missing the postseason for the first time since 2017, are 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia for the final National League wild-card spot. Both Milwaukee and the Phillies were idle on Monday. Philadelphia holds the tiebreaker over Milwaukee.

Houser (6-9, 4.62 ERA) will be opposed by right-hander Miles Mikolas (11-13, 3.35 ERA) for the Cardinals, who lead the NL Central by 6 1/2 games over Milwaukee.

The Brewers missed a series sweep on Sunday with a 2-1 loss at Cincinnati in their final road game of the season. Milwaukee closes with nine consecutive home games -- two against the Cardinals, four against Miami, and three against Arizona.

"We're going to have to win a lot of games, there's no question about it. But we bought ourselves a fun homestand and we bought ourselves days into the homestand, too," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We're going to have be good on the homestand, we're going to have to be really good. But we're capable of it."

Houser is 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in four starts in September, but has just three strikeouts and eight walks in 18 2/3 innings over that span. He also has not given up a home run in that stretch.

In his last start, Houser tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Mets last Wednesday, but did not get the decision.

"Adrian pitched well. There wasn't a ton of action out there against him," Counsell said of Houser's start. "He did a nice job. He did what he's good at right now, and that's ball in play, be in the strike zone, and use your defense and he did a nice job of it."

Houser is 4-4 with a 2.89 ERA in 13 career games against St. Louis, including 10 starts. He is 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA in two starts this season against the Cardinals, giving up nine runs (six earned) in 9 2/3 innings.

Mikolas has lost his last three starts and is 2-4 with a 3.07 ERA over his last seven. In his last outing, he was saddled with the defeat despite allowing just one unearned run on three hits in six innings in a 1-0 loss Wednesday at San Diego.

"I really liked my stuff today. It would have been nice to have some quicker at-bats, maybe able to get deeper into that seventh inning," Mikolas said after his last start. "But pretty happy with my stuff. I was fairly efficient, located well, liked all my stuff. Curveball and slider were good, fastball had some nice jump to it. I was pretty happy."

Mikolas is 7-4 in 13 career appearances against Milwaukee, including 12 starts. He is 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA in four starts this season against the Brewers. He is 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in eight career games (seven starts) at American Family Field.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2022

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