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Series Preview #35: The Brewers And Cardinals' Shared History

48-56 (4th place, NL Central)
56-49 (3rd place, NL Central)

GAME 1: August 3, 2012 @ 7:15 p.m. CDT
(TV: FS-Wisconsin; Radio: 620 WTMJ)

: August 4, 2012 @ 6:15 p.m. CDT
(TV: FS-Wisconsin; Radio: 620 WTMJ)

GAME 3: August 5, 2012 @ 7:05 p.m. CDT
(TV: ESPN; Radio: 620 WTMJ)

Busch Stadium | St. Louis, Missouri

SBN Coverage: Brewers vs Cardinals coverage

A View from the Other Dugout: Viva El Birdos

Game 1 Randy Wolf (3-7, 5.45) vs. Joe Kelly (1-4, 2.96)
vs. Cardinals (1-1, 3.86) vs. Brewers (0-1, 3.00)
Game 2 Mark Rogers (0-0, 3.18) vs. Adam Wainwright (8-10, 4.24)
vs. Cardinals (0-0, ---) vs. Brewers (0-2, 2.84)
Game 3 Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.34) vs. Kyle Lohse (11-2, 2.91)
vs. Cardinals (0-1, 5.79) vs. Brewers (1-0, 4.50)

The Brewers share more history with the Cardinals than any other NL team, with the two having met in the 1982 World Series and again in the 2011 NLCS. In addition to that, 88 players have worn both Cardinal Red and Brewer Blue.

Longest tenured Brewer position player who was also a Cardinal: Sixto Lezcano

The Brewers signed the Puerto Rican outfielder as an amateur free agent in 1970 and he spent seven years with the Crew between 1974-81, batting .275/.354/.452 with 102 home runs and receiving a Gold Glove and some MVP votes in 1979 when he hit .321/.414/.573 with career highs in home runs (28) and RBI (101).

Lezcano was the highest-profile player sent to St. Louis in the December, 1980 deal that brought Rollie Fingers, Ted Simmons and Pete Vuckovich to Milwaukee and laid some of the groundwork for one of the greatest runs in Brewer history. He played just one partial season in St. Louis before being traded again.

Longest tenured Brewer pitcher who was also a Cardinal: Cal Eldred

Eldred was the #17 overall pick in the 1989 draft, by 1991 he was a Brewer and in 1993 he led all of baseball with 36 starts and led the AL with 258 innings pitched. A somewhat predictable injury derailed his career not long after that, but he still appeared in 174 games over nine seasons as a Brewer and posted a 4.51 ERA over 1078.2 innings, the ninth most in franchise history.

Follow the jump for more.

Longest tenured Cardinal position player who was also a Brewer: Ted Simmons

Before becoming the catcher for the only back-to-back playoff teams in Brewer history, Simba was the #10 overall pick in the 1967 draft and played parts of 13 seasons as a Cardinal. He hit .298/.366/.459 with 172 home runs in 1564 games for St. Louis, made six All Star appearances and won a Silver Slugger Award.

Simmons came to Milwaukee in the Lezcano deal mentioned above and played five years for the Crew, appearing in 665 games and hitting .262/.311/.399. You could make a case he's the best catcher in the history of both franchises.

Longest tenured Cardinal pitcher who was also a Brewer: Ray Sadecki

The Cardinals signed Sadecki out of a Kansas City high school as an 18-year-old in 1958 and he reached the majors for the first time in 1960 for the first of seven seasons in St. Louis. The Cardinals traded Sadecki to San Francisco during the 1966 season and he was a Giant, Met, Cardinal again, Brave and Royal before joining the Brewers for 36 games in 1976.

Sadecki played parts of eight of his 18 major league seasons as a Cardinal and appeared in 201 games, posting a 4.15 ERA over 1103.2 innings. He worked just 37.1 innings as a Brewer with a 4.34 ERA.

Five players have appeared in at least 146 games as both a Brewer and Cardinal:

Player Brewer G Season(s) Cardinal G Season(s) Total
Ted Simmons 665 1981-85 1564 1968-80 2229
Darrell Porter 537 1971-76 537 1981-85 1074
Mike Matheny 445 1994-98 622 2000-04 1067
Fernando Vina 528 1995-99 488 2000-03 1016
Royce Clayton 146 2003 373 1996-98 519

Five pitchers have worked at least 190 innings for both teams:

Player Brewer IP Season(s) Cardinal IP Season(s) Total
Cal Eldred 1078.2 1991-99 171.1 2003-05 1250
Jeff Suppan 577 2007-10 642.2 2004-06, 2010 1219.2
Pete Vuckovich 533 1981-86 653.2 1978-80 1186.2
Reggie Cleveland 274 1979-81 706.2 1969-73 980.2
Braden Looper 194.2 2009 450.2 1998, 2006-08 645.1