The Cards the hottest team in baseball, has won 10 of their last 11 games, including a 5-0 road trip that ended last Tuesday.
Off to their best start in 23 years, the St. Louis Cardinals will be without their closer today as they resume a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium.
Jason Isringhausen left Tuesday night's game with a strained right abdominal muscle and will be examined again today and will not be available.
The Cardinals will hit the road again, following Thursday's makeup game with the Brewers, making stops in Atlanta and Cincinnati.
Today' game will be the fifth game between the two clubs as the Cardinals swept Milwaukee in three games at Miller Park 4/15-17, and took the first game in this series at Busch Stadium, last night. The Cards will face the Brewers a total of 16 times this season and hold a 67-43 all-time advantage over the Brewers.
The Cardinals went 5-5 against MIL at Busch Stadium last season and are 32-20 versus the Brewers all-time at the current Busch Stadium and will be looking for that home field advantage to go for their fourth series sweep in five series.
Monday night's game against the Brewers was postponed due to rain, the first rainout of the year for the Cardinals...the game will be made up on Thursday at 1:10 p.m., a previous off-day for both clubs, and will be televised on Fox Midwest...all fans holding season, suite or club tickets should use their ticket from last night's game for the Thursday, April 28, game...fans with individual game tickets not wanting to attend the make up game on Thursday can exchange their tickets for any other regular season home game within the next 12 months.
Chris Carpenter will make his fifth start of the season today. Carpenter pitched a complete-game shutout last Thursday aganst the Chicag Cubs, winning 4-0, his first shutout since 9/4/01.
Against the Cubs last week Carp threw 113 pitches allowing seven hits and walking just one batter (9th inning) with six K's.
This will be his second start against the Brewers this year after picking up the win 4/16 at MIL in 6.2 IP with the three runs scoring on a double given up after his departure.
For the record, Carp is 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA in his three career starts vs. MIL and will be looking for his 8th career victory at Busch
The Brewers will counter with Milwaukee starter Victor Santos.
Santos has pitched well over his first three starts, including a solid effort against the Cardinals on April 17. He allowed just one earned run and four hits over eight innings, but didn't receive a decision in the Brewers' 3-2 loss.
Santos ended the Brewers' seven-game losing streak with a complete-game effort in Friday's 6-1 win at San Francisco. He allowed just a single run and five hits, struck out four and walked none to post Milwaukee's first complete game of the year.
The injuries are starting to mount up for the Redbirds.
Jason Isringhausen left Tuesday night's game with a strained right abdominal muscle and will be examined again today.
The Cardinals will exercise extreme caution with their closer.
It is possible he could go on the DL. There is no reason at this stage of the season for the Cardinals to take any unnecessary risk with IZZY.
Izzy will not be available for today's game, RHP Julian Tavarez is expected to assume the role of closer in the mean time.
Reggie Sanders will also miss today's game after being hit by a pitch in the 8th inning of Tuesday night's game and being taken out of the game in the 9th. Good news is that x-rays only showed a deep bruise. Sanders is expected to miss only a couple of games and will not be place on the DL>
Thurs., April 28: vs. BREWERS: Jason Marquis (3-0, 2.77) vs. TBA 1:10 p.m.*
Sun., May 1 at BRAVES: Jeff Suppan (1-2, 3.38+) vs. TBA 12:05 p.m.#
Times listed are Central...All games broadcast on KMOX Radio
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