Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 5/17/13
(AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have struggled of late, and things don't appear to be getting any easier by facing the Cardinals. Probably the last team they want to see right now, these NL Central rivals open a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday night. While most teams wouldn't want to play the Cardinals, who have won 12 of 15, the Brewers (16-23) enter this game having dropped 12 of 14 and were swept in a four-game set by St. Louis at home May 2-5. The Cardinals have benefited from a starting rotation that has put up 2.66 ERA in those 15 games, striking out 85 batters while walking only 19 and surrendering just six home runs. St. Louis (26-14) has flourished against Milwaukee, winning six of seven games against the Brewers in 2013 and outscoring them 42-17. They pelted Milwaukee pitchers for 48 hits in the sweep earlier this month. Among the pitchers the Cardinals battered was Wily Peralta (3-3, 5.40 ERA), who was tagged for six runs and 11 hits in the Cardinals' 6-5 victo...
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