Brewers @ St. Louis
Coming off a three game sweep of the Giants in San Francisco, the Crew is in the Lou to begin a key four game series with the Division rival Cardinals.
The flight to St. Louis had a new passenger Sunday night. Ray Durham boarded the Brewers charter dressed to the nine’s and was all smiles after he agreed to a trade that put him squarely in the middle of a hot pennant race. Durham held the cards in the trade. Because he’s been in the league more than 10 years, five with one team, he owned a no-trade clause in his contract. He waived the clause to join the Crew which tells you all you need to know about his commitment to being a Brewer.
Durham is a two-time all star now in his 14th year in the Major Leagues. He immediately becomes the Brewers batting average and on base percentage leader. Even though he’s a switch hitter, it’s his left handed bat the Crew is counting on. Durham is hitting .318 left handed this year (.221 RH). He’s been through a trade deadline deal in the past. In 2002, Durham was traded from the White Sox to Oakland and helped the A’s make it to the post season.
Next up, the Cardinals. Both teams are hot. The Crew has won four straight while St. Louis has won five in a row. Some pre series prep work to get you set for the showdown at new Busch:
The Brewers lead the season series, 5-4.
St. Louis has won five straight and six of seven overall, averaging 8.3 runs and 2.1 home runs per game in those seven contests.
Prince Fielder has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, with four HR and 14 RBI.
In his career against the NL Central, Seth McClung has a 3.86 ERA and .183 batting average allowed, versus a 5.90 ERA and .267 BA allowed versus all other teams.
Albert Pujols ranks among the active career leaders in home runs (26, 3rd), RBI (97, 2nd) and batting average (.353, 2nd) versus the Brewers.
Joel Pineiro has made just five of his 15 starts at home this year, where he has a 3.56 ERA (5.02 on the road)
The Brewers have hit at least one home run in every game so far this month and in 16 games in a row. They are on pace to hit 213 homers this season, which would be the third most for any season in team history.
Brewers starting pitching has been outstanding since June 1st, compiling a 22-10 record and a 3.35 ERA.
Through 98 games, the Crew has exactly the same record (55-43) as last year with eerily similar numbers across the board.