Carlos Martinez (13-7, 3.07 ERA) and Jimmy Nelson (7-13, 4.36 ERA) take the hill in the second of a four-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (73-66) and the Milwaukee Brewers (63-77) at Busch Stadium. The Brewers won the last game 12-5, and Milwaukee leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 9 and can be seen on FSMW and FSWI.
Martinez pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking five in a 5-2 win over the Reds. Jedd Gyorko (.246, 49 Rs, 26 HRs, 51 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Nelson went 5.1 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking six in a 7-4 win over the Pirates in his most recent start. Chris Carter (.226, 71 Rs, 33 HRs, 79 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The Cardinals are 33-27 against their divisional rivals, while the Brewers are 24-36 against their division.
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 33-26, while Milwaukee is 25-33.
The Brewers are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 12 runs. The Cardinals have a 0-5 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 12-64. The Cardinals have a 15-58 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 17th in home runs, Milwaukee has hit 163 this season. St. Louis ranks second with 202 home runs.
Ranking eighth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 464 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top five at second with 538.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 61-44, well-matched with the Brewers who are 50-40 when hitting one or more homers.