(Busch Stadium) Strange as it may sound, there may be a pitching change after Matt Carpenter’s first at-bat tonight. The Milwaukee Brewers plan to go with a bullpen game against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight.
“It’s really about the hitters in their lineup and where we’re at with our bullpen,” explained Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell. “There’s going to be some guys who get more outs, there’s going to be some guys who get less outs. We’ve got 14 or 15 pitchers available tonight, so we’ve got a lot of choices.
Right-hander Chase Anderson was originally scheduled to start the game, but instead lefty reliever Dan Jennings will be first to take the mound.
“Their best hitter is Matt Carpenter and that’s an important guy to get out,” Counsell said. “He’s a really good hitter.”
So could that lead to Jennings facing Carpenter and then a call to the bullpen?
“We’ll see how the game’s going,” answered Counsell. “Yeah, we’ll see how the game’s going.”
On the Cardinals side, Mike Shildt wasn’t influenced by the Brewers plans when he put together his lineup.
“Didn’t affect it at all,” Shildt said. “Our numbers from the 7th inning on, which is predominantly against relievers, the numbers have been pretty good. We have a game plan that we stick to in how we want to compete and what we want to do.”
In his career, Carpenter has hit .158 (3-19) against Anderson and .375 (3-8) against Jennings.
Entering the night, the two teams own the NL Wild Card spots with Milwaukee holding a 2.0 game lead over St. Louis.
WONG TURNS THE CORNER
–For the third consecutive game, Kolten Wong is not in the starting lineup as he continues to deal with hamstring tightness.
“It’s definitely turned a corner,” said Wong, who again fielded grounders and ran the bases before pregame. “It feels a lot better today. I was running out there probably around 85-90%, so feeling a lot stronger.”
Available to pinch-hit tonight and hoping to play tomorrow, Kolten said the soreness is worse in his left leg, which is where he is also dealing with some knee issues.
“It’s definitely something that’s occurring because of the knee,” Wong said. “We haven’t really gotten any imaging done of it lately. It is what it is right now. Just trying to figure out what’s going on. Obviously, something is stemming because it wasn’t just one hamstring that went out–it was both of them at the same time. Just trying to figure out why that happened and keep it from happening again.”
Wong said there is a “slim” chance he may need a procedure after the season on his knee, but it depends on how the knee heals up after playing.
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