April 30: Brewers (20-7) @ Cardinals (14-14)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

0430141017The Cardinals risk falling 7 1/2 games behind the Brewers if they get swept here at home by Milwaukee. That would also leave the club below .500 headed into May.

The losses the last two nights — losses that followed eerily similar scripts — have also not been the easiest to digest. Twice, the Cardinals lost three-run leads and twice they fell in extra innings after offensive chances went untapped. Manager Mike Matheny called himself “sick” after Monday’s loss. He handled Tuesday’s by never leaving the stadium.

Two pillows and a comforter sat stacked on Matheny’s office couch Wednesday morning. He said it took him so much time to digest last night’s lost and “to stop sulking” that he simply chose to sleep at Busch Stadium since there was the quick turnaround to Wednesday’s day game. His night would have been a bit more restful, he added, had his office not been equipped with lights activated by motion sensors.

Jon Jay (7-for-12 in his career against Matt Garza) is back in centerfield this afternoon, and Greg Garcia gets his first Major League start. Also, after catching consecutive extra-inning games, Yadier Molina is on the bench.

Matheny admitted that he’ll likely be short in the bullpen today but did not get specific with names. Pat Neshek, Tyler Lyons and Kevin Siegrist each pitched multiple innings on Wednesday.

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