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Game 116 Open Thread: August 14, 2007

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wells

capuano

5-13, 5.27

5-9, 4.96

if they win tonight, the cardinals will be fewer than 5 games out for the first time since april 29 --- the day before their first trip to milwaukee, and the day they learned josh hancock had died. they'll try to do it behind a pitcher who hasn't fared particularly well against the brew crew --- wells is 0-2 with a 7.50 era in 3 starts vs milwaukee this season. the brewer starter, meanwhile, hasn't won since may 7; the team has lost 14 consecutive times when he takes the mound.

milwaukee is 39-20 at home this year, vs 23-36 on the road. the difference is almost entirely in the pitching; they hit slightly better at home, but their era is more than a run lower at miller park than it is in away games. since the cardinals' last trip to milwaukee (april 30 - may 2), the brewers' have posted a 4.65 era in 91 games. the cardinals over that span have posted a staff era of 4.84; they've gained 2 games in the standings since then.

here's the series preview at Brew Crew Ball, a good friend of VEB. the lineups are up --- encarnacion sits even with the left-handed capuano on the mound, while edmonds and ankiel are in the lineup. encarnacion might never get into another game for st louis.

STL MIL
eckstein ss weeks 2b
ankiel rf hardy ss
pujols 1b fielder 1b
ludwick lf braun 3b
rolen 3b jenkins lf
edmonds cf hart rf
molina c hall cf
wells p estrada c
ryan 2b capuano p