Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia tossed seven shutout innings against the Brewers on Saturday. The act was followed by one scoreless inning apiece from Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal, putting the finishing touches on a 3-0 win.
Saturday’s win is their third consecutive shutout and runs their team-wide consecutive scoreless innings streak to 36 innings. They last gave up a run on August 5 in the fourth inning to the Reds in a 13-inning victory.
The Cardinals entered play Saturday with baseball’s best starting rotation ERA at 2.78 and baseball’s best bullpen ERA at 2.28. Now 71-39, the Cardinals also own baseball’s best record by a considerable margin — 5.5 games over the Royals and Pirates.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.