St. Louis manager Mike Matheny continues juggling his lineup
in an effort to spark his offense – which is ranked 25th in the
majors in runs scored. Peter Bourjos and Mark Ellis did not play
in Tuesday’s loss but are expected to be in the lineup
Wednesday. Uggla’s situation is far more unsettled, as the
Braves may be close to turning to utility man Ramiro Pena or
Triple-A second baseman Tommy La Stella.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), SportSouth (Atlanta)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Adam Wainwright (5-2, 2.16 ERA)
vs. Braves LH Mike Minor (0-1, 3.00)
Wainwright saw his ERA jump by nearly a full run after allowing
six earned runs on 10 hits in five innings Friday against the
Chicago Cubs, snapping a 25-inning scoreless streak. A
first-round pick by Atlanta in the 2000 draft, Wainwright is 7-2
lifetime with a 2.80 ERA against the Braves. Wainwright won four
consecutive starts before Friday’s loss, pitching seven or more
innings and firing a two-hit shutout against Washington on April
Minor could not have done more in his season debut Friday, save
for allowing two solo homers in a 2-1 loss to San Francisco.
Minor, who was sidelined for the season’s first month due to
shoulder tendinitis, allowed seven hits in six innings with no
walks and four strikeouts against the Giants. The 26-year-old
won both starts against St. Louis in 2013, holding the Cardinals
to two runs and one walk in 14 innings.
1. The Cardinals are in the midst of playing 20 of 26 games away
from home; starting Monday, St. Louis will play 19 of 22 at
2. Uggla has just two homers, both coming April 14 at
3. St. Louis C Yadier Molina went hitless Tuesday, ending his
hitting streak at seven games.
PREDICTION: Braves 3, Cardinals 2
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