August 2: Brewers (61-49) @ Cardinals (57-51)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

wpid-img_20140802_143201151.jpgWith Friday’s loss, the Cardinals will not be able to supplant the Brewers as NL Central leaders by the end of this series, but they’d like to avoid falling even further behind. Heading into Saturday, the deficit is three games.

The Cardinals will get a look at both of their new starting pitchers this weekend, beginning with Justin Masterson tonight. This will be Masterson’s first Major League start since July 7, as he was most recently on the DL due to knee inflammation. Though Masterson did make two rehab starts while he was sidelined, the Cardinals will be conservative with how far they push him tonight.

Jon Jay is out of the lineup for a fourth straight game as he nurses a sore left wrist. Jay told manager Mike Matheny that he thinks he might be ready to play again as early as Sunday. Pinch-hitting is a possibility today, Matheny said, though the Cardinals aren’t sure Jay is ready for a repetition of swings.

Also, the Red Sox announced today that Joe Kelly will be making his Boston debut next Wednesday… at Busch Stadium… against close friend Shelby Miller. Arguably no one in the Cardinals’ clubhouse took Kelly’s departure harder than Miller, so that is bound to be an intriguing matchup.

Allen Craig made his first start for the Red Sox on Friday and went 1-for-4 with a double. He also rolled his ankle in his final at-bat and was out of the lineup today. Both Craig and Kelly met with reporters in Boston after arriving at their new home and you can read those comments here and here.

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