ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals have a day off Monday before traveling to Milwaukee for a pivotal series against the first-place Brewers starting Tuesday.
"It's an unbelievable streak that they have been on," St. Louis outfielder Jon Jay said. "But we can't be worried about what other people are doing. We have to show up and take care of our business. The series with Milwaukee is a big one, but every game for us is now big. We have to stay positive and just take it a game at a time. We can't think ahead."
The Cardinals announced their rotation for the series against the Brewers on Sunday. Edwin Jackson will start the opener against Shaun Marcum, who attended Missouri State University. Jake Westbrook will pitch Wednesday night, and rookie Brandon Dickson is scheduled to start the Thursday afternoon game. Dickson, who was scheduled to start for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday against Nashville, is 8-9 with a 3.73 ERA. Dickson has 122 strikeouts and just 32 walks in 154 1/3 innings with Memphis.
Left-hander Jaime Garcia is being skipped in Milwaukee, and he'll return to the rotation when the club returns home. Garcia was available out of the bullpen for Sunday's finale against the Pirates.
Cardinals reliever Jason Motte has been very impressed with the recent play of the Brewers.
"The run they are on right now is ridiculous," Motte said. "They really do have a good team, and those guys just don't lose these days. They have good starting pitching, good hitters, good defense and a good bullpen. It's not that they're getting lucky. They've just been going out and playing the game well.
"As far as us, we have to go out and worry about ourselves. We have to go out there and do whatever we do to win ballgames. Everything is big for us from now on. It doesn't matter what they do. We have to win ballgames."