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Best team in baseball … so far

April 17, 2014

The good news for the Brewers? They have the best record in baseball through 15 games.

The better news? After three more games this month, they don’t face the Cardinals again until July.

Milwaukee’s nine-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Monday as kryptonite came to town in the form of the defending National League champs.

The Cardinals have stymied the Brewers recently much the same way the latter did in winning 69 of 93 games against the Pirates from 2008-12. Since the two teams met in the 2011 National League Championship Series, St. Louis has won 25 of their 37 games.

That includes a pair of losses this week in which the Brewers’ hot bats suddenly went cold and their league-best pitching staff gave up 10 runs in two games after having allowed just 29 in 12 previous games. But after salvaging the final game of the series against St. Louis on Wednesday, the Brewers get 10 games against the Pirates, Padres and Cubs — each of whom is under .500 so far.

They’ll look to build off the momentum of that victory and start another winning streak in Pittsburgh before returning home for six games against San Diego and Chicago.

The Brewers will send Yovani Gallardo to the mound Thursday for his second straight start against the Pirates. Gallardo settled for a no-decision Saturday in the team’s 3-2 victory, tossing six innings while giving up two runs on six hits. He also struck out six with a walk.

Gallardo’s career 1.89 ERA at PNC Park is his best at any ballpark in which he’s made five or more starts. A win would be his sixth in Pittsburgh, which would be his most in any city outside Milwaukee.

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