April 14: Brewers (2-8) @ Cardinals (7-4)
Jaime Garcia will take the pitching staff’s sting of 32 straight scoreless innings to the mound for the series finale this afternoon. The steak was preserved yesterday by Adam Wainwright, who struck out 12 in his first shutout of the season. A few additional notes on this recent pitching success:
- Before this homestand, the Cardinals had last pitched three straight shutouts in 1988, when they did so against Montreal and Philadelphia (twice) from Sept. 6-8.
- As the Cardinals go for a fourth straight shutout, you have to go back to July 1943 for the last time a St. Louis pitching staff accomplished that feat.
- The Cardinals rotation has struck out 67 batters this season — the highest total in the National League. The pitchers have struck out at least one in 14 of their last 16 innings.
- With his 12-strikeout, no-walk performance yesterday, Wainwright became the first pitcher in the liveball era to begin a season with three straight games of at least six strikeouts and no walks.
- Wainwright also evoked memories of Bob Gibson yesterday. Wainwright is the first Cardinals starter since Gibson (June 17, 1970) to strike out a batter in all nine innings of a shutout.
- The Cardinals’ rotation has a 7-2 record and 1.99 ERA through 11 games. The starters are averaging 6 2/3 innings per start, the best such mark in the Majors. They have thrown two complete games already. The other 14 teams in the league have combined to throw one.
Also, for those of you outside the Cardinals’ television viewing market, you can watch today’s game free on MLB.TV.
- Jon Jay (CF)
- Matt Carpenter (3B)
- Matt Holliday (LF)
- Allen Craig (RF)
- Yadier Molina (C)
- Matt Adams (1B)
- Pete Kozma (SS)
- Daniel Descalso (2B)
- Jaime Garcia (LHP)
- Norichika Aoki (RF)
- Jean Segura (SS)
- Ryan Braun (LF)
- Rickie Weeks (2B)
- Jonathan Lucroy (C)
- Martin Maldonado (1B)
- Carlos Gomez (CF)
- Yuniesky Betancourt (3B)
- Marco Estrada (RHP)
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