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  W: A. Wilkerson (1-0)   L: J. Flaherty (0-2)
12:15 PM PT1:15 PM MT2:15 PM CT3:15 PM ET15:15 ET19:15 GMT3:15 12:15 PM MST2:15 PM EST2:45 PM VEN23:15 UAE2:15 PM CT, October 1, 2017
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 44,787

Brewers' outlook changes for finale against Cardinals

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Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. After going 3-7 in road games against the Cardinals last year, the Brewers are 5-2 in St. Louis this season, winning four of those contests by 2 or fewer runs.
  2. The Brewers are one of three MLB teams (Indians, Yankees) that have decreased their ERA in each month since June (4.24  4.17  3.72  3.49). Milwaukee's ERA in September is the second best in the NL (Pirates -- 3.46).
  3. Chase Anderson's 1.58 decrease in ERA from last season (4.39) to this season (2.81) is the fifth largest in MLB (minimum 125.0 innings pitched each year). Anderson's 2.81 ERA is the lowest in a season for a Milwaukee pitcher since CC Sabathia in 2008 (1.65 -- minimum 125.0 innings pitched).
  4. In his first start of the season, John Gant pitched 3.0 innings and allowed three hits and one earned run against the Pirates. Gant is averaging about 4.0 innings per start in his career (33.0/8) with an ERA of 4.64.
  5. After hitting just 16 home runs in 2016, Travis Shaw has nearly doubled his total (31), which is the fifth largest increase (+15) in MLB (minimum 500 PA in 2016). Shaw has hit three homers and is batting .310 (18/58) against the Cardinals this season.
  6. Tommy Pham's .085 increase in batting average from last season (.226) to this season (.311) is the second largest behind Avisail Garcia (+.086) in MLB (minimum 150 at bats each season). Pham is batting .310 (9/29) against Milwaukee this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/29/2017 thru 10/1/2017

ST. LOUIS -- It took just minutes for plans to change.

The Milwaukee Brewers' hopes of earning a postseason berth as the National League's second wild card took a fatal blow Saturday when the St. Louis Cardinals used three eighth-inning runs to complete a rally from a 6-0 deficit and prevail 7-6.

The result will affect the texture of Sunday's regular season finale in Busch Stadium, which is devoid of meaning both ways aside from the reaching of personal goals and contractual obligation.

"We'll certainly play some different guys," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.

That means the Brewers (85-76) could rest mainstays such as Ryan Braun, Travis Shaw and Domingo Santana. First baseman Eric Thames, who fouled a pitch off his foot in the eighth inning and left the game before the bottom of the inning, is unlikely to play.

As of Saturday night, Milwaukee was still planning to pitch Zach Davies (17-9, 3.90 ERA), although Counsell hinted that could change before the 2:15 p.m. first pitch. Davies has been tough on St. Louis for most of his six career outings, going 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA.

The right-hander is coming off a no-decision in his last start Tuesday night, lasting only four innings in a 7-6 victory over Cincinnati. Davies gave up three runs and six hits, walking two and fanning none. His 33 starts and 191 1/3 innings are career highs, as are the wins.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals have lifted ace right-hander Carlos Martinez from his scheduled start in favor of rookie Jack Flaherty (0-1, 6.06 ERA). Martinez ended the year 12-11 with a 3.64 ERA, setting career highs for innings (205) and strikeouts (217).

Flaherty will make his fifth big league start in this one. His last outing was a 1-2-3 inning Monday night during a 10-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Flaherty, considered one of the organization's top prospects, will face the Brewers for the first time.

Both lineups could have a Triple-A flavor to them. St. Louis has sprinkled the field liberally this series with products of its top farm affiliate in Memphis. One of them, center fielder Harrison Bader, shrugged off a three-strikeout performance by delivering the game-winning hit in the eighth inning Saturday.

"Every time you go to the plate, it's a clean slate," Bader said. "In the end, the result was good. You just keep fighting until the end."

It was only the second win in eight games for the Cardinals (83-78), who saw their wild-card hopes conclude Thursday night against the Chicago Cubs. It will be the second straight year that they miss the postseason, but they at least got to take a division rival down with them.

Manager Mike Matheny was encouraged that his team didn't fold after falling behind 6-0 in the third inning against an opponent with so much on the line.

"When you're down six runs like that and show that kind of life where we are in the season, it's a great win," he said. "The young guys just continued to play the game."

Updated September 30, 2017

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