Milwaukee (65-92) at St. Louis (103-55)

Cloudy Currently: St. Louis, MO
Temp: 34° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Thu Sep 30, 2004
  • TV: FSMW
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Matt Morris has just one more chance to make his claim to become the St. Louis Cardinals’ No. 1 starter for the first round of the playoffs.

Morris will make his last start of the regular season as the Cardinals begin a four-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The veteran right-hander skipped his last start to give him an extended rest before the postseason. His last effort was against the Brewers on Sept. 20, allowing two runs—one earned—over five innings of a 7-4 win.

Manager Tony La Russa has not named his starting rotation for the National League Division Series as of yet, but given Morris’ superior record at Busch Stadium—9-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 15 starts—compared to his rather alarming road stats (6-6 with a 6.02 ERA in 16 starts), it’s a good bet Morris will get a start in Game 1 or 2.

The Cardinals have dropped three straight after getting swept by the Astros, capped by a 6-4 loss on Wednesday night.

While St. Louis is getting itself ready for the playoffs, Milwaukee’s Geoff Jenkins is looking to end his season on a positive note.

Jenkins had three hits, including a homer and two RBIs to help the Brewers beat the Diamondbacks 4-1 Wednesday.

“It seems like we’ve been finding different ways to lose ballgames, whether the pitching didn’t show up one day and the hitting was, or the hitting didn’t show up and the pitching was,” Jenkins said. “So we’ve just got to put it together and win ballgames.”

The Brewers snapped a three-game skid and handed Arizona its 110th defeat, one shy of tying four other teams for the eighth-most losses in major league history.

Jenkins singled, homered and tripled in his first three at-bats. He missed hitting for the cycle in the eighth inning when he flied out to left field.

Jenkins, who scored twice, homered for the second straight game.

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12-12 Record 15-10
3.39 ERA 4.72
166 K 131
79 BB 56
1.31 WHIP 1.29