With Milwaukee having lost three in a row, the St. Louis Cardinals have climbed to within three games in the loss column of the Brewers and will try and take Game 3 of a four-game series against the Mets.
The Cardinals offense has been more consistent and their pitching has been stupendous, permitting 13 runs in winning five of seven times, which has included three shutouts. New York began the second half with a pair of wins over Colorado at home, but has since dropped three straight and again is floundering.
Mike Leake has pitched better than his 6-7 record indicates with a 3.14 ERA, which is well below his career norm of 3.94. A combination of poor run support and the St. Louis scoring runs after Leake has exited has kept his record down and he’s just won one of his past nine starts (Cardinals 3-6). Despite the lack of overall success, the Cards right-hander is 4-2 on the road with an excellent 2.84 ERA and opposing batters are hitting just .219 against him. Leake has not faced New York in three years and is 2-3 with 2.74 ERA.