April 14: Cardinals (7-5) @ Brewers (10-2)
I’m back on the beat after a few days off to get my life back in order after eight weeks on the road. And I rejoined just in time to experience some more snow — yes, snow — before winter (hopefully? mercifully? officially?) moves on. Fortunately, Milwaukee didn’t go the Minnesota roof-less route, so tonight’s game will be unaffected by whatever may be going on outside.
Inside Miller Park, the Cardinals will have their hands full with a Brewers club that has won nine straight en route to becoming the Majors’ first 10-win team. They hold an early three-game lead over the Cardinals, who are currently second in the National League Central.
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Yadier Molina is out of the lineup for the first time this season, which allows Tony Cruz an opportunity to play. Though he has twice been a late-game defensive substitution, Cruz has yet to take an at-bat (one plate appearance, a walk) since Spring Training.
Jon Jay gets the start in center field over Peter Bourjos — a decision, I would guess, dictated by the fact that he is 6-for-9 in his career against Brewers starter Matt Garza.
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