August 5: Brewers (48-58) @ Cardinals (58-49)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

In a shocking Sunday afternoon development… the Reds lost. OK, so I’m being a bit facetious there. But really, it seems as if I can count on one hand the number of times the Reds have lost since the All-Star break. Oh wait. I can.

But with the Reds falling to the Pirates this afternoon, the Cardinals get the rare chance to gain ground on the division leaders. The Cards also need a sweep of the Brewers to keep pace with the Pirates, who are ahead of them in both the division and wild card standings.

This Brewers club has fallen fast since last year, when it had its own Cincinnati-like stretch to pull away and toward a division title. This year, the Brewers never gained much traction, despite preseason predictions that they’d have the best rotation in the NL Central. The Cardinals have already swept one of their first two home series since the All-Star break. A win tonight would push the team to 9-1 at Busch Stadium since the start of the second half.

Rafael Furcal sits tonight — the Cardinals don’t want to push him too hard after his recent back troubles — but Daniel Descalso is hardly a downgrade at short. You can read more about Descalso’s defense over on cardinals.com tonight.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Skip Schumaker (2B)
  2. Allen Craig (1B)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  5. David Freese (3B)
  6. Yadier Molina (C)
  7. Jon Jay (CF)
  8. Daniel Descalso (SS)
  9. Kyle Lohse (RHP)

BREWERS LINEUP:

  1. Norichika Aoki (RF)
  2. Carlos Gomez (CF)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Aramis Ramirez (3B)
  5. Corey Hart (1B)
  6. Rickie Weeks (2B)
  7. Jonathan Lucroy (C)
  8. Cody Ransom (SS)
  9. Marco Estrada (RHP)

Division standings are here. Wild card standings are here.

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4 Comments

Jennifer, you do mean “facetious,” not “factitous,” which isn’t a word, as far as I know.

Yes, silly autocorrect didn’t help me out. I made the fix.

On the other hand, you probably mean “Jenifer,” not “Jennifer”.🙂

Nothing in any of your written material about the umpiring? They could have worn Cardinals hats and joined in the celebration after the game. Is it part of the ethos of the Cards that they expect and feel that they deserve the umpires to help them?

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