Heading into the series, the Milwaukee Brewers were the hottest team in baseball. At 10-2, the Milwaukee Brewers seemed to be back to challenge for the NL Central. To test their legitimacy as contender, they had a home series against the stalwart champions of the division, the St Louis Cardinals. They didn’t pass the test as they lost 2 of the 3 games in the series. Here is our recap:
The first two games of the series weren’t even close. The Cardinals outscored the Brewers 10-1 in the 2 games. The Cardinals had everything rolling in those two games. Great pitching by Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller help established their dominance. Timely hitting also helped the Cardinals tremendously. Allen Craig got a hit in all three games, which is a positive sign moving forward. The Cardinals batted .300 with runners in scoring positions in those first 2 games. The 3rd game of the series was all Brewers from the start. Aramis Ramirez went 3 for 4 and led the Brewers to a 5-1 victory but the damage was done in terms of perception.
It’s too early to tell if the Milwaukee Brewers are going to be a contender in August and September that Cardinals fans should worry about. However, this is a good sign for the Cardinals. Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta are struggling with their consistency out of the gate but they should be able to put it together and have a decent average by the end of the season. The Cardinals are finally done with the NL Central start to the season, which will be a short lived break when they will play the Pittsburgh Pirates next Friday April 25. The Cardinals will now travel to the east coast to play 8 games on the road. The first stop is the nation’s capital against the Washington Nationals. A four game set that the Cardinals must take advantage of to establish their dominance in the National League. I am just excited that the Cardinals are playing someone other than the NL Central.
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