MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Milwaukee0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 551
St. Louis0 1 0 2 2 0 7 1 x 13170
  W: J. Flaherty (2-1)   L: A. Houser (0-1)
4:45 PM PT5:45 PM MT6:45 PM CT7:45 PM ET19:45 ET23:45 GMT7:45 4:45 PM MST6:45 PM EST7:15 PM VEN3:45 UAE (+1)6:45 PM CT, April 22, 2019
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 35,819

Cardinals hope for better results against Yelich, Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. Milwaukee has gone 5-8 over its last 13 games after opening the season 8-2. The Brewers have gone 5-2 this season versus the Cardinals compared to 8-8 versus all other teams.
  2. These teams will meet in St. Louis for the first time this season. The Brewers went 6-3 on the road versus the Cardinals in 2018, and have won four in a row in St. Louis. It is only the fifth win streak of at least four games in St. Louis in franchise history.
  3. Christian Yelich has eight home runs and 19 RBI versus the Cardinals this season, and is slugging 1.542 against them in seven games. All 13 of Yelich's home runs this season have come in Milwaukee, with his last road home run coming on September 25 of last season against the Cardinals.
  4. The Cardinals took two of three games from the Mets, picking up 28 hits across the three games. St. Louis has at gotten at least eight hits in 10 straight games, the longest streak by any team this season.
  5. Marcell Ozuna is slashing .344/.475/1.000 over his last nine games with six home runs, 12 RBI and 12 runs. Since April 10, he is one of four players with at least five homers, 10 RBI and 10 runs, along with Christian Yelich (8/18/12), Joc Pederson (7/10/10) and Eddie Rosario (7/13/10).
  6. Jack Flaherty lasted just 2.2 innings in his most recent start in Milwaukee, allowing five earned runs after allowing just one earned over 11 innings in his previous two starts. Flaherty has a career 3.03 ERA at home compared to a 4.53 mark away from home.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/22/2019 thru 4/24/2019
(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Major League Baseball didn't do the St. Louis Cardinals any favors with their early-season schedule.

How so? Well, the Cardinals will see Christian Yelich and Milwaukee Brewers for the third series already this season on Monday when the National League Central rivals open a three-game set in St. Louis.

Those in the Gateway City may wish to avert their eyes if recent history repeats itself.

Yelich, who is the reigning NL Most Valuable Player, is a staggering 12-for-24 with eight homers, 19 RBIs and 10 runs scored in seven home games against the Cardinals. The Brewers won five of those contests.

The 27-year-old Yelich, who leads the majors with 13 homers, nearly added to that total on Sunday before Cody Bellinger reached over the wall to deny him another in the eighth inning of a 6-5 setback to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bellinger added the final salvo with a homer off closer Josh Hader in the ninth inning, sending Milwaukee to its fourth loss in five outings.

"We can't just sit on this and act like the season's over," Hader said. "We've got a long season ahead of us. Just really focus on the little things and get back to the baseball we know how to play."

Yelich will get his second look this season at right-hander Jack Flaherty (1-1, 5.00 ERA), against whom he is 4-for-15 with four strikeouts.

Although Flaherty kept Yelich in check in Tuesday's 8-4 setback to Milwaukee, he didn't fare as well against the rest of the Brewers. The 23-year-old surrendered five runs on nine hits -- including homers to Lorenzo Cain and Yasmani Grandal -- in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss.

The setback dropped Flaherty to 1-2 with a 4.58 ERA in seven career encounters with Milwaukee.

St. Louis has found its offense at home, scoring at least four runs in each game during its 7-1 surge following Sunday's 6-4 victory over the New York Mets.

"If we play like this most of the time, a lot of good stuff is going to happen to this team this year," outfielder Jose Martinez said.

Signed to a five-year, $130 million contract in the offseason, Paul Goldschmidt has two homers, six RBIs and five runs scored as he takes his current eight-game hitting streak into Monday's tilt against a familiar foe.

"I don't think there's truly an advantage or disadvantage," the 31-year-old Goldschmidt said of frequently facing the Brewers already this season. "Both teams have the same info and same stuff. It really comes down to execution."

Yadier Molina carries a nine-game hitting streak into the series opener versus right-hander Adrian Houser, who will make his first career start in the majors in place of the injured Freddy Peralta (shoulder).

Houser did not receive a decision to go along with a 3.29 ERA in 13 2/3 innings of relief in 2018. The 26-year-old has pitched well with Triple-A San Antonio this season, posting a 1-0 mark with a 1.10 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in three starts (16 1/3 frames).

Following the conclusion of this series, the Cardinals and Brewers will have to wait until Aug. 19 to renew acquaintances.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 22, 2019

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