St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers: Game 8


The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a Thursday afternoon game prior to hosting the Cincinnati Reds for a weekend series.

The Cardinals are currently tied for second in the National League Central with the Reds. Both teams are a half game back of the Chicago Cubs.

Right-handed pitcher John Lackey (0-0, 6.00 ERA) takes to the mound against Mike Fiers (0-1, 9.00 ERA) as the Cardinals hope to win the series this afternoon. This is the sixth career start for Lackey at Busch Stadium III as a Cardinal. The Cardinals won all five of his starts last season and he is nine strikeouts shy of reaching 1,800 strikeouts in his career. If he doesn’t reach the milestone today, he will do so in his next rotation turn.

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Both Jhonny Peralta and Matt Holliday each have a hit in the first seven consecutive games to start the season. Throw in six walks and Holliday’s .455 on-base percentage is the seventh best in the National League in the early going of the 2015 season.

Matt Carpenter has reached base safely in all seven games this year by way of a hit or walk. Carpenter and Peralta both have six RBIs to lead the Cardinals.

In addition to FSN Midwest, the game will also be airing this afternoon on the MLB Network.

St. Louis Cardinals lineup:
1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
2. Jason Heyward, RF
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
5. Mark Reynolds, 1B
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Jon Jay, CF
8. Kolten Wong, 2B
9. John Lackey, P

Milwaukee Brewers lineup:
1. Jean Segura, SS
2. Jonathan Lucroy, C
3. Ryan Braun, RF
4. Adam Lind, 1B
5. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
6. Khris Davis, LF
7. Scooter Gennett, 2B
8. Gerardo Parra, CF
9. Mike Fiers, P

The Cardinals and Brewers will next meet April 24-26 for a series at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Both teams have split the 19-game series at 1-1 in two games played this season.