Cardinals/Brewers Game 2 Bean Ball Warning!
Milwaukee looks to remain perfect at home in this season’s playoffs Monday night when it faces a Cardinals team trying to win its second Game 2 on the road this post-season. Brewers fans blasted Tony La Russa with boos during pre-game introductions. Zack Greinke heard some comments from the Cardinals bench and made some unflattering remarks about Chris Carpenter and the umpire issued a first-inning warning to both clubs. Tonight should be fun!!!
In the end, after all the talking that happened in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, it was the Brewers’ bats that made the loudest statement in this matchup of bitter Central Division rivals. One thing was made clear, these two teams do not like each other. They cleared benches back in August, who knows what will happen tonight.
The Cardinals have received a huge lift from third baseman David Freese after he hit a three-run shot Sunday. It was his second homer of the post-season. There hasn’t been much production from the club’s other corner infielder, Albert Pujols, which is a concern for Cardinals fans.
The three-time NL MVP is batting .333 (8 for 24) in the post-season, but he has driven in just one run in those six games. Pujols grounded into a double play in the seventh inning Sunday with the Cardinals down by three with runners on the corners and no outs.
Brewers go with right-hander Shaun Marcum who will try to find his stuff in Game 2 after walking three and surrendering seven runs in 4 2/3 innings of his first career post-season appearance, an 8-1 loss at Arizona on Tuesday in Game 3 of the division series.
St. Louis goes with Edwin Jackson tonight. Jackson had solid numbers in his first career playoff start – four strikeouts and five hits allowed in six innings of Wednesday’s 5-3 Game 4 victory over the Phillies.
Our pick, Brewers take this one home and Ryan Braun has a BIG day