The Cardinals are trying to complete their second three-game sweep of the Brewers at Miller Park this season. St. Louis has won seven straight at Milwaukee, where is hasen’t lost since Sept. 21, 2004.
The Cardinals have to top the Brewers hottest pitcher to keep their streak alive.
The 27-year-old Sheets has been rolling since July 1, going 5-1 with a 2.38 ERA in seven starts. He’s coming off back-to-back complete game victories. The Brewers ace went the distance against Philadelphia, holding the Phillies to one run and four hits with seven strikeouts to earn a 3-1 win Friday.
Sheets is 4-10 with a 4.28 ERA in 17 career starts against St. Louis in his career.
The Brewers hitters will try to give Sheets some run support after getting bottled up by Cardinals rookie Anthony Reyes in a 5-2 loss on Tuesday.
Reyes threw 6 1-3 innings of two-hit ball in his major league debut and Mark Grudzielanek had two more hits for St. Louis. Grudzielanek, who drove in a career-best five runs Monday, had a run-scoring groundout in the first and added an RBI single in the sixth, both off Brewers starter Doug Davis.
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost drew his third ejection of the season when he argued with plate umpire Angel Hernandez over a balk call on Davis in the second inning. Yost said he was still hot over a balk called on Matt Wise the night before and said the move by Davis wasn’t even close to being a balk.
“We’re out there trying to win ball games and St. Louis doesn’t need any help,” Yost said.
Yost’s team must beat Cardinals righty Jeff Suppan to avoid a sweep. Suppan has thrived against Milwaukee, going 9-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 14 career appearances against the Brewers, including 13 starts.