The Brewers already are assured their first series victory against the Cardinals since 2012, and on Wednesday afternoon, they will take aim at their first series sweep of St. Louis since 2011.
"We've got to prove to ourselves that we can beat these guys," said Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who was unavailable Tuesday because of a bruised left elbow but might return Wednesday. "We haven't played good against these guys the last few years, and to come here and win the series, it's good for us, even though it's early.
"This is one of the teams we have to beat if we want to win the division, and we have a lot of games against them."
Tuesday marked the Cardinals' first loss this season when they scored at least four runs. Much has been made this month of the Cards' relatively quiet offense, though manager Mike Matheny made a point to credit the opposing pitching they have seen so far.
That won't change on Wednesday, with Matt Garza on the mound for Milwaukee against the Cardinals' Shelby Miller.
"I think we need to be honest evaluators of ourselves, and guys are putting up good at-bats at times," Matheny said. "There are other times where we're leaving money on the table. We're never going to give somebody too much credit, even though we are facing some really good pitching. And realizing that we have a really good lineup. We have faced everybody in this league, and we believe we can respond and put together good at-bats against the best of the best. But it isn't completely without notice that we have [faced] some guys throwing the ball well."
The Cardinals have also had a power drought this month -- against everyone but the Brewers. Yadier Molina's home run on Tuesday was the 17th of the season for the Cardinals. Only San Diego and New York have fewer in the National League. Of those 17, however, eight have come against Milwaukee.
Brewers: Still banged up
Ramirez is only one of the Brewers' position players battling the injury bug whose status is in doubt for Wednesday's series finale. Ramirez was not available at all Tuesday, said Roenicke, who declined to offer a similar update for right fielder Ryan Braun (rib cage).
But shortstop Jean Segura, who had not played since he was struck in the face by Braun's bat on Saturday, was able to appear as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night.
"I think he felt like he needed to get out there to see how he is and get an at-bat," Roenicke said. "Going into tomorrow, I'll talk to the trainers again, and we'll try to figure it out."
Cardinals: Hall of Fame class to be unveiled
The Cardinals have planned an on-field ceremony prior to Wednesday's game, during which they will announce the members of their 2014 Hall of Fame induction class. The organization just recently opened its Hall of Fame, housing the gallery of plaques across the street from Busch Stadium in Ballpark Village.
Twenty-two plaques are already on display, those of players who have had their number previously retired by the Cardinals and/or are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Wednesday's announcement will introduce the three or four other Cardinals who will join them.
Of the eight players placed on the modern ballot -- Jim Edmonds, Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, Willie McGee, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Ted Simmons and Joe Torre -- the two who receive the most support from online fan voting will be inducted this year. A veteran player, defined as someone retired for at least 40 years, has also been chosen through a secret vote of a Red Ribbon committee of media members, Tony La Russa and Red Schoendienst.
The Cardinals may also announce a fourth inductee, this one chosen by the organization in order to honor a non-player who has made a substantial contribution to the franchise.
• Lyle Overbay had two hits and two RBIs on Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He's 10-for-19 during the streak and has an RBI in three straight games against the Cardinals.
• Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett has a hit in 14 of his 15 career games against the Cardinals.
• Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk made his first Major League start on Tuesday and recorded his first hit with a second-inning single. The Cardinals remain fluid with their center-field assignments, which could lead to Grichuk getting another starting opportunity on Wednesday. Or the Cardinals could lean toward Jon Jay, who is 7-for-12 in his career against Garza.
• St. Louis is still looking for its first Wednesday win of the season after losing the first four this month. It's the only day of the week on which the club remains winless.