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  W: A. Houser (8-6)   L: K. Kim (6-7)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, September 4, 2021
American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 33,439

Kwang Hyun Kim looks to keep Cards on roll at Milwaukee

According to STATS
According to STATS

St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Brewers have won five of the nine matchups this season, but it was the Cardinals taking two of three at American Family Field on May 11-13. Each team has struggled with runners in scoring position in the series, with St. Louis hitting .192 while the Brewers are hitting just .180.
  2. The Cardinals have won four of their last six games, but lost most recently in game two of the double-header on Wednesday against the Reds by the score of 12-2. It is the fourth time the Cardinals have lost by 10+ runs in a game this season, and all have been on the road.
  3. The Brewers had their four-game winning streak snapped yesterday at San Francisco, finishing 4-3 on the road trip. They are the only team in the majors with at least 10 more wins on the road this season (46-24) than at home (36-29).
  4. Tyler O'Neill went 0-for-3 in game two on Wednesday after going 6-for-16 (.375) in his previous four games. He has not hit a home run since August 19 versus the Brewers. He has three home runs against Milwaukee this season while no other Cardinal has more than one.
  5. Christian Yelich is hitting .333 (27/81) with 15 runs scored in his last 21 games. He has at least one hit in 19 of those 21 and multiple hits in seven of them. He ended up hitting .313 in August compared to .209 in July.
  6. Adam Wainwright is 6-1 with a 1.59 ERA in his last seven starts. His 18 career wins against the Brewers is his second highest win total (21 vs. Pittsburgh). Freddy Peralta has a 2.00 ERA at home this season and a 3.00 ERA in road games. Opponents are hitting just .150 against him this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/3/2021 thru 9/5/2021

Kwang Hyun Kim will try to re-establish himself in the St. Louis rotation when the Cardinals visit the Milwaukee Brewers again Saturday.

The left-hander fell out of the mix after landing on the 10-day injured list with elbow soreness in mid-August. He returned to the rotation Sunday after Jack Flaherty went on the IL with a strained shoulder.

In his first start back, Kim threw 64 pitches while allowing one run in four innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"I know I have to be better next time as an inning-eater," he said afterward.

The Cardinals (69-64) beat the Brewers 15-4 Friday in the opener of the three-game series. St. Louis has won five of their past seven games to remain in the pack of teams bidding for the National League's second wild-card berth.

"Just trying to win as many ballgames as we can," Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado said after hitting two homers and driving in three runs Friday. "We'll see where we are at the end. I think the focus is great. We're just trying to compete every day, find a way to win.

"We're facing some good teams down this last month. It's going to be a grind, but we're ready for it."

Kim (6-6, 3.23 ERA) faced the Brewers once this season, back on May 11 in a 6-1 Cardinals victory. He allowed the one run on five hits on 5 1/3 innings and wasn't involved in the decision.

He is 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers. Kim has had success against Luis Urias (0-for-7) and Omar Narvaez (0-for-3).

The Brewers (82-54) will start right-hander Adrian Houser (7-6, 3.69 ERA), who is coming off a rough start in a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 28. He allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in five-plus innings during his second outing since returning from three weeks on the COVID-19 list.

"With all these guys, it takes a little bit of time to get back in the flow of things," Brewers pitching coach Chris Hook said, according to MLB.com. "Like, Houser was frustrated the other day. I told him, 'This is not plug and play. You guys were in a good routine. It's very detailed every day, and you go away for two weeks and you expect it to just work?' It doesn't work that way."

Houser earned a 9-5 victory over the Cardinals on April 10. He allowed one run, which was unearned, on six hits in five-plus innings.

He is 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA in eight career appearances against the Cardinals, including five starts. Paul Goldschmidt (5-for-13, two homers, six RBIs) and Yadier Molina (4-for-12, homer, two RBIs) have hit well against him.

The Brewers placed second baseman Kolten Wong on paternity leave before the start of the series. Third baseman Eduardo Escobar came off the IL and went 1-for-3 with a walk. Outfielder Avisail Garcia sat out the Friday game because of back and hamstring tightness.

Milwaukee reliever Justin Topa is headed to the IL after exiting the game with an elbow injury, and reliever Daniel Norris bowed out with a finger cut. Norris is not expected to miss much time.

"The last time it happened it was not an issue," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He'll need some rest after the number of pitches (38)."

The Cardinals placed reliever Junior Fernandez on the injured list with a torn lat and recalled pitcher Jake Woodford from Triple-A Memphis.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2021

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