Brewers’ bullpen key to success against Cards

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The Brewers have gone 7-3 against St. Louis this year, and outscored the Cardinals 50-33:

STL 6 MIL 0
MIL 4 STL 0
STL 3 MIL 1
MIL 8 STL 0
MIL 5 STL 3
MIL 4 STL 3
MIL 6 STL 2
STL 8 MIL 7
MIL 10 STL 5
MIL 5 STL 3

One of the biggest reasons the Brewers have been able to silence the best offense in the National League? Their bullpen has been lights-out.

In total, the Brewers’ bullpen has thrown 20 scoreless innings against the Cardinals. They’ve only allowed runs in TWO innings, both coming in that August 2nd extra-inning loss. Takashi Saito gave up a run in the inning that became infamous, and Marco Estrada took the loss in the 11th inning. Both pitchers gave up a single run. That’s it. Two runs in 22 innings for the Cardinals against the Brewers’ bullpen.

This isn’t just a function of Francisco Rodriguez coming to town and solidifying the 8th inning for the Brewers — it’s something that was happening before K-Rod even arrived. Mike McClendon threw three shutdown innings in an outing early in the year, and even Sergio Mitre was throwing up zeroes.

Of course, guys like Rodriguez and John Axford have been holding up their end, too. Axford now has thrown 6 innings against the Cardinals this year, and he’s only allowed 2 hits while striking out 6. His save on Tuesday night extended his consecutive saves streak to 30, and 3 of those have come against the Cards.

At this point, is it any wonder the Cardinals seem to be getting frustrated with the Brewers? It’s not the fact that the Brewers are arrogant punks that bothers St. Louis. It’s the fact that they can’t seem to beat those arrogant punks. St. Louis hasn’t had a winning record against Milwaukee since they went 8-7 in 2007.

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