National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 12th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (2-6) at St. Louis Cardinals (5-4), 8:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Kyle Lohse (0-0, 1.50)
St. Louis - Shelby Miller (1-0, 3.38)
(Sports Network) - Kyle Lohse returns to St. Louis on Friday when his new
team, the Milwaukee Brewers begin a three-game series against the Cardinals at
Lohse had been scheduled to pitch in the finale of Milwaukee's three-game set
with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, but that game was postponed due to the
miserable conditions at Wrigley Field. The Brewers were more than happy with
the day off, as they enter Friday's opener having lost six of seven.
Of course, Lohse enjoyed a career year with St. Louis last season, posting a
16-3 mark to go along with a 2.86 ERA. He spent five seasons with the
Cardinals and was 55-35 with a 3.90 ERA.
But, the Cardinals opted not to re-sign him this offseason and Lohse finally
found a home in Milwaukee in late March. He was effective in his first start
with the Brewers last Friday against Arizona, but did not get a decision,
despite surrendering just a run and five hits in six innings.
"Located his pitches well, had good life on his ball," Brewers manager Ron
Lohse has faced the Cardinals five times and is 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA.
St. Louis, meanwhile, won in impressive fashion on Wednesday, as Jake
Westbrook tossed his fourth career shutout in the Cardinals' 10-0 rout of the
Cincinnati Reds. Westbrook (1-1) surrendered just five hits and four walks in
the gem for the Cardinals, who have won four of their last five games.
"Jake was terrific," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It was fun to
Matt Carpenter smacked a two-run homer among his four hits, while Carlos
Beltran and Matt Adams added two-run shots. Jon Jay smacked a solo blast in
Getting the call for the Cardinals on Friday will be righty Shelby Miller, who
won his season debut. Miller defeated the San Francisco Giants on Saturday,
limiting them to a pair of runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. However, he
did walk four batters.
"I just think he's radically changed," manager Mike Matheny said. "He knew
that there were some things he was doing early on keeping him from getting
here and he changed and he was rewarded and then he said, 'This is who I need
to be.' It was a transformation."
St. Louis was 9-6 versus the Brewers last season.
04/12 10:32:26 ET