Cardinals lead the series 1-0
|Mon 09/06|| WP: Mitchell Boggs (2 - 2) |
LP: Zach Braddock (1 - 2)
|6 - 8 loss|
|Wed 09/08||7:10 PM CDT|
Chris Narveson (10-7, 5.33 ERA) has been pretty darn good lately. In six starts in August and September the Narv-Dog has a 3.55 ERA, an ERA which has continued to drop since the his high water mark of 6.02 on July 7th. His last start was one of his better ones this year. He held the powerful Reds to just 2 hits in 6.1 innings. But then he gave up a walk and Ken Macha decided he's done for the night. Enter Todd Coffey, a 3-run homer, and a Brewers loss. Anyhoo... No conversation about Narveson would be complete without talking about his bat. He's now batting a ridiculous-for-a-pitcher .341 and has 7 RBIs. The last run he drove in was the only Brewers run in the finale against the Reds. In his career against the Cardinals Narveson is 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA. Two Cardinals have faced Narveson at least 10 times.
Jeff Suppan was suppsoed to pitch today, but instead, we get to face Kyle Lohse (2-6, 7.12 ERA). The Cardinal righty has spent a good chunk of the season on the DL and is making just his 13th start of the season. He's looked particularly bad since his return from the DL; in those three starts he's 1-2 with a 11.48 ERA. One reason for his lack of success might be his lack of luck; he's carrying a hefty .365 BABIP this season. Lohse's last turn in the rotation was skipped and he'll be pitching on nine days rest tonight. In his career against the Brewers Lohse is 3-5 with a 5.24 ERA. Four Brewers have faced Lohse at least 10 times.
In the bullpen...
Zach Braddock pitched .1 inning (8 pitches) yesterda, .1 inning Sunday, and 1 inning Saturday.
Jeremy Jeffress pitched (14 pitches) yesterday.
Todd Coffey pitched .2 innings (9 pitches) yesterday.
Mike McClendon pitched 1 inning (15 pitches) yesterday.
John Axford pitched 2 innings (35 pitches) Sunday.
Kameron Loe pitched (11 pitches) Saturday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 inning (26 pitches) Saturday.
Brandon Kintzler pitched 1 scoreless inning Friday for AAA Nashville.