Rookie Luke Weaver to face Brewers Zach Davies in the final game of this four game series.
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FIRST PITCH IN FINAL GAME FACING THE BREWERS: 1:15 CST.
St. Louis Cardinals rookie starter Luke Weaver will have, former minor league teammate, rookie Carson Kelly as backstop in today's final game against the Brewers. Weaver, who was called up to St. Louis, August 12, to replace Michael Wacha (DL-Shoulder inflammation). Weaver made his major league debut against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, August 13.
Kelly, was added as the third catcher to Cardinals 40 man roster, September 4, along with Brayan Pena, signed as back-up catcher in the off-season for Yadier Molina. The 34 year old B Pena has spent most of his first season with the Cardinals on the DL. Injured during Spring training, 60-Day DL due to knee injury which required surgery, appeared in a handful of games in late June - early July only to be returned to the 60-Day DL due to inflammation of his surgically repaired knee. Pena is not expected to make too much of an impacted for Molina.
Rookie Carson Kelly to catch his former minor league teammate, Rookie starter Luke Weaver
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The Cardinals look to use Kelly when Molina needs a day off. Not only a solid glove behind the plate; but, Kelly has improved his offense decisively. Since making his debut in the majors, he has had his first major league hit and RBI for a .333 BA in his two game appearances. He held a .289 BA with the Memphis Triple-A Redbirds this season.
Luke Weaver (1-2/3.96 ERA) will face Brewers Zach Davies (10-7/4.01 ERA). Davies is in his second season with the Brewers and has held his own against the Cardinals. Weaver faced the Brewers at Miller Park, August 31, going his second game of 6 IP/ 1 HR/3 ER/2-BB and had ten strikeouts. However, handed his second loss this season. So he will be looking to have a different ending to his start today at Busch Stadium.
Davies, his first appearance facing the Cardinals June 1 at Busch Stadium, he went 8 IP with nine strikeouts. He did not allow any earned runs; nor, issued any free passes. However, his pending shutout was lost as the Brewers relief gave up one earned run to St. Louis in Brewers 3-1 win. Davies second start, once again in St. Louis August 29, he was retired after 6.1 IP/1 HR/3 ER/9 SO; and, still no walks issued. Per Brandon Moss, Davies has the best change-up in the league.
WEAVER MAY HAVE THE EDGE OVER DAVIES
Weaver, a solid rookie and very serious about the job he is assigned to do, may just have the advantage with having Kelly behind the plate today. Not that Molina isn't a positive influence for the rookie; but, having one a bit more familiar with your pitches may be his key to a win this afternoon.
This match-up between the two starters could prove to be fairly even. Weaver's last start, 4 IP/1 HR/2 ER/5 SO. Davies' last stand, 6.2 IP, three runs with two earned, two walks and held to five strikeouts.