If the histories of Saturday's starting pitchers are any indication, you might as well go ahead and chalk up a 'W' for the Cardinals right now.
The Cardinals and Brewers send their aces to the mound Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium, as Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo faces St. Louis' Adam Wainwright.
One of them is champing at the bit to face his division rival, while the other is hoping to turn around a career's worth of disappointment.
The one eagerly awaiting the 3:15 p.m. CT first pitch is Wainwright, whose 2.07 career ERA against Milwaukee is the lowest mark among active pitchers. The 31-year-old has been dominant against the Crew as of late, especially at home, as three of his last four home starts against the Brewers have resulted in complete-game wins.
Gallardo's results against the Cardinals reside on the other side of the spectrum.
The right-hander has struggled mightily in his career against St. Louis, going 1-9 with a 6.72 ERA in 14 regular-season starts against the Cardinals. He has a career mark of 5.71 at Busch Stadium -- though his lone win against the Cardinals came in St. Louis in 2011.
Brewers: Aoki keeps hitting
Right fielder Norichika Aoki notched another hit Friday, and now has hit in eight of his nine games. He also has multi-hit efforts in three of his last five contests.
• Shortstop Jean Segura has hit in seven of his first eight games, sporting a .429 average.
Cardinals: Gimme five
Outfielder Matt Holliday and catcher Yadier Molina enter Saturday's contest with five-game hitting streaks. Molina is batting .333 in his streak, while Holliday has a .263 mark. Rookie Matt Adams, who sat Friday, has a four-game hitting streak, during which he's batting .643 (9-for-14).
• The Cardinals are hitting .382 with runners in scoring position.
• Half of Holliday's six career hits against Gallardo have left the yard.
• Molina is 7-for-26 (.269) with two home runs and three doubles in his career against Gallardo.
• Current Brewers hitters are batting .161 against Wainwright.