Rusch has lost a career-high nine straight decisions, his latest coming in a 7-2 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night when gave up four runs in 4 1-3 innings.
“We’re just trying to find a way to get Glendon going again,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “He’s been flying open. We know what the problems are. Now, it’s just a matter of finding a way to fix them.”
Last year, Rusch was 10-16 with a 4.70 ERA. He had 18 “quality starts”— outings in which he lasted at least six innings, and allowed three earned runs or fewer. This season, he has had just three such efforts.
Rusch, winless in 12 starts since April 8, is 3-4 with a 3.92 ERA in 11 starts against the Cardinals.
The left-hander will have his hands full this time, facing a Cardinals team coming off an offensive outburst.
“We got off to a quick start with a couple of big swings, and had great at-bats up and down the lineup,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said after the team snapped a four-game losing streak.
STANDINGS: Cardinals - 3rd place, 2 GB, NL Central. Brewers - 6th place, 10 GB, NL Central.
CARDINALS PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Simontacchi (4-4, 6.65 ERA). In his last start, the right-hander gave up five runs and eight hits over six innings of a 5-2 loss at Yankee Stadium on Friday. It marked the sixth time in 12 starts this season he has allowed at least five earned runs. Simontacchi did not record a decision against Milwaukee in his lone start against them, allowing one run and four hits in seven innings.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Rusch (1-10, 7.77 ERA). Rusch is 0-5 with a 10.01 ERA in six starts at Miller Park this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Cardinals - Pujols, .379 avg., 60 RBIs and 59 runs; Pujols and Edmonds, 19 HRs; Edgar Renteria, 12 SBs. Brewers - Geoff Jenkins, .278 avg.; Richie Sexson, 21 HRs, 47 RBIs and 48 runs; Eric Young, 16 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Cardinals, 6-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Cardinals - SS Renteria is hitting .385 (9-for-23) in his career against LHP Rusch. … RHP Simontacchi is 0-2 with a 8.28 ERA in six road starts this season. … 3B Scott Rolen is 3-for-15 lifetime against Rusch. Brewers - Right-handed batters are hitting .385 against Rusch. … 3B Wes Helms’ one hit against RHP Simontacchi was a grand slam, which he hit as a member of the Braves last season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Cardinals - 14-21 on the road; Brewers - 13-24 at home.
INJURIES: Cardinals - C Steve Torrealba (elbow), 15-day DL; C Chris Widger (thumb), 15-day DL; INF Fernando Vina (hamstring), 15-day DL; OF Eli Marrero (ankle), 15-day DL; LHP Lance Painter (pelvis), 15-day DL; RHP Russ Springer (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Chris Carpenter (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Gene Stechschulte (shoulder), 60-day DL. Brewers - RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL.