The Milwaukee Brewers' original preferred script for Wednesday's series finale may have involved a dominant start by Zack Greinke and timely hitting by Ryan Braun, followed by John Axford shutting down St. Louis in the ninth to convert a save.
In the Cardinals' version, Matt Holliday might have provided the big hits.
None of those scenarios appear likely to occur.
After removing Axford from the closer's role and opting to skip Greinke's turn in the rotation, manager Ron Roenicke will give the ball to rookie Tyler Thornburg to face the Cardinals in a getaway day contest that Holliday and Braun could both miss due to injury.
Greinke started three straight games surrounding the All-Star break - made possible by a first-inning ejection in the first of those outings - but may have been thrown off his game as he allowed 10 runs in eight innings over those three starts.
"We probably put too much on him, thinking he'd be fine, and he wasn't," said Roenicke, who hopes to start Greinke a...