MILWAUKEE — When the Cardinals arrived in Milwaukee, already riding a winning streak that carried them from postseason wish-caster to wild card-leader, the Brewers magic number sat at three. Any combination of three Cardinals losses or three Brewers wins and Milwaukee would claim the division title.
In the series, each game would be worth two.
Three could fall fast.
It hasn't budged.
Halfway through the four-game visit, the Cardinals have extended their winning streak to 10 games, the longest in 20 years for the organization. They've also kept the Brewers' bubbly on ice, and with a win in either of the next two games at American Family Field assure that Milwaukee will not clinch in this series with the Cardinals watching.
Dylan Carlson is back in the lineup after his removal in a double-switch Tuesday night during the Cardinals' 2-1 victory. The Cardinals were cagey about whether Carlson was an injury concern. He had whacked his wrist while making a catch in foul territory, and he did deal with a wrist injury earlier this season. The Cardinals had a look at the soreness, and he's back in the lineup and back batting fifth for the third game of the series.
The Cardinals turn to Miles Mikolas for the start, and the righthander continues to put innings between him and his forearm/elbow injuries. He's coming off his first win in nearly two years and his most familiar start of the season. He pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings for a win against San Diego that was part of the Padres sweep that really catapulted the winning streak.
The Brewers are turning to Brett Anderson to start, though manager Craig Counsell acknowledged that it will be a "short start."
Expect to see a lot of Milwaukee's bullpen.
Which may be Milwaukee's best.
The Cardinals' 2001 team is the last to have an 11-game winning streak. That club had two winning streaks of at least 10 games.
Here are the updates from pregame:
• Jack Flaherty will start Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader at Wrigley Field, as written about in Wednesday morning's Post-Dispatch. He will have a small pitch count and may only see and inning or two of work.
• Dakota Hudson was scratched from his planned start Wednesday night for Class AAA Memphis so he could be available to the major-league club in either of the next two days, as needed.
• Daniel Ponce de Leon cleared waivers. He's been sent to Memphis.
And, here are the lineups:
1. Tommy Edman, 2B
2. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
3. Tyler O'Neill, LF
4. Nolan Arenado, 3B
5. Dylan Carlson, RF
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Edmundo Sosa, SS
8. Harrison Bader, CF
9. Miles Mikolas, RHP
1. Kolten Wong, 2B
2. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
3. Christian Yelich, LF
4. Avisail Garcia, RF
5. Omar Narvarez, C
6. Luis Urias, SS
7. Jace Peterson, 1B
8. Lorenzo Cain, CF
9. Brett Anderson, LHP
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