St. Louis has won 10 of 11, and improved to an NL-best 13-5 overall after Tuesday’s 5-3 victory over Milwaukee.
The Cardinals are off to their best start since they also began the 1982 with a 13-5 mark. They went on to win their last World Series that season.
However, a possible trip to the disabled list for closer Jason Isringhausen could put a damper on things for St. Louis.
Isringhausen minimized the injury, but members of the front office huddled with pitching coach Dave Duncan after the game to discuss which pitcher to recall from Triple-A Memphis if the right-hander goes on the 15-day disabled list.
Duncan said the team probably would summon left-hander Carmen Cali, who began the year with St. Louis.
“We’ll just have to wait 24 hours and see how he feels,” manager Tony La Russa said. “I don’t think it’s too smart to speculate. You’re obviously concerned.”
Milwaukee starter Victor Santos will try to slow down St. Louis, which is 4-0 against the Brewers this year.
Santos has pitched well over his first three starts, including a solid effort against the Cardinals on April 17. He allowed just one earned run and four hits over eight innings, but didn’t receive a decision in the Brewers’ 3-2 loss.
Santos ended the Brewers’ seven-game losing streak with a complete-game effort in Friday’s 6-1 win at San Francisco. He allowed just a single run and five hits, struck out four and walked none to post Milwaukee’s first complete game of the year.