Milwaukee Brewers vs St. Louis Cardinals Predictions and Picks: Brewers Need Road Win to Inch Closer to 1st Place
- The Milwaukee Brewers have lost three of their last five games.
- The St. Louis Cardinals have won eight of their last ten games.
- The Cardinals are 7-6 against the Brewers this season.
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The Milwaukee Brewers will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the second of a three-game set. There is a full slate of games today, but this may be the one to watch. The Cardinals have sole possession of first place in the NL Central but only by 1.5 games. St. Louis got a huge win last night against the Brewer, pushing them from 0.5 games ahead of Milwaukee to 1.5 games. These next two games are make or break for both teams. If the Cardinals sweep, they will have a 3.5-game lead over the Brewers, but if the Brewers win the series, they will take sole possession of first place by 0.5 games.
The Cardinals’ 3-1 victory last night was largely due to starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery. Montgomery threw six scoreless innings and had eight strikeouts. Today, the Cardinals will be bringing another solid pitcher to the mound. However, he is not as solid as Montgomery. The man of the hour will be veteran Adam Wainwright. Wainwright is 40 years old and in the last few seasons of his career, but he is still putting up surprisingly good numbers for someone in his twilight years. He is 8-8 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. His ERA is not very high, but his longevity in games is the more impressive. In an era where pitchers are being pulled early, Wainwright is averaging a little over six innings a start.
As good as Wainwright is, the Brewers are bringing a far better pitcher to the mound in Corbin Burnes. Burnes is also throwing a little over six innings a game but putting up some of the best numbers in the league. His 2.45 ERA is the sixth-best in the MLB, his 175 strikeouts are the second-best, and his 0.94 WHIP is the fourth-best in baseball.
These two teams have similar bullpens, so the starting pitching will be the difference. Since Milwaukee is bringing better starting pitching to the mound, I am picking them to win this game on the road. Regardless of who wins, this is a divisional battle between two teams fighting for first place, so emotions will run high.
The over/under is placed at a lowly 7.5 runs. This is probably because of the pitching duel that will ensue in this highly contested game.
I do not expect this to be a high-scoring game, so I will pick the under. Both of these teams know how to hit and are averaging well over four runs a game, but they also only managed to score four runs last night. If you throw in last night’s performance with the fact that Milwaukee’s ace is getting the start, you can see why the under is the better bet.
Milwaukee Brewers vs St. Louis Cardinals Picks
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|Brewers||Taylor Rogers||RP Day-to-Day|
|Brewers||J.C. Mejia||RP Day-to-Day|
|Brewers||Hendry Mendez||CF Day-to-Day|
|Brewers||Tyler Black||SS Day-to-Day|
|Brewers||Freddy Zamora||SS Day-to-Day|
|Brewers||Clayton Andrews||RP Day-to-Day|
|Brewers||Caden Lemons||SP Day-to-Day|
|Brewers||Abner Brismaury Uribe||RP Day-to-Day|
|Brewers||Logan Blake Henderson||SP Day-to-Day|
|Brewers||Omar Narvaez||C 10-Day IL|
|Brewers||Jace Peterson||3B 10-Day IL|
|Brewers||Adrian Houser||SP 15-Day IL|
|Brewers||Jandel Gustave||RP 15-Day IL|
|Brewers||Trevor Rosenthal||2B 10-Day IL|
|Cardinals||Ian Bedell||SP Day-to-Day|
|Cardinals||Ljay Newsome||RP Day-to-Day|
|Cardinals||Jake Walsh||RP Day-to-Day|
|Cardinals||Joshua Baez||CF Day-to-Day|
|Cardinals||Juan Yepez||RF 10-Day IL|
|Cardinals||Steven Matz||SP 15-Day IL|
Milwaukee Brewers vs St. Louis Cardinals Predictions
This will be a fun game to watch. These two teams do not like each other, and it shows. They are division rivals and fighting for the same Playoff spot. I will not be at the game, but I would bet a lot of money that there will be an intense energy in Busch stadium.
The situation will create for a great game, but the pitching duel will only add to that. Corbin Burnes is coming off a six-inning outing that saw him only give up one earned run and having another tremendous season. Burnes won the NL Cy Young Award last year and is in the race for it again this year. He will be facing another tougher hurler for the Cardinals in Adam Wainwright. Wainwright has lost a step from where he was a few seasons ago, but he is still reliable. The man affectionately known as “Waino” has a mediocre 8-8 record, but his 3.42 ERA has helped keep St. Louis in many games.
That is enough talk about the pitching. Let’s talk about the hitters. I would be on the lookout for Nolan Arenado again this game. He has hit three home runs in the last three games, so do not be surprised if he hits another one. For the Brewers, look out for Rowdy Tellez and Willy Adames. Tellez is putting together his best season yet and has 71 RBIs, and Adames has a knack for getting hits at the right time; he has 64 RBIs in 89 games. I expect most of the runs in this game to come from both teams’ big hitters.
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How To Watch Brewers vs Cardinals
|Milwaukee Brewers vs St. Louis Cardinals Information|
|What||Milwaukee Brewers vs St. Louis Cardinals|
|Where||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri|
|When||Saturday, August 13, 7:15 PM EST|
|How to Watch||MLB.TV, MLB Extra Innings, Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports Southwest, Bally Sports Wisconsin|
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