Milwaukee Struggling To Score Against St. Louis
The St. Louis Cardinals look to win their third straight game and take the series from their division rival when they face the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. St. Louis has streaked to the top of the NL Central standings, leading the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates by 1½ games. Milwaukee has fallen to fourth in the division with its two straight setbacks, trailing the teams in second by a half-game. This will be a fun game to bet online on, but you want to make an educated choice, so make sure to read our in-depth preview first.
Cardinals Pitching Coming Through
The St. Louis Cardinals don’t have their ace so far this season, as Jack Flaherty is out with a shoulder injury. But the rest of the starting staff has been solid, especially over the last two games, as Miles Mikolas (Friday) and Steven Matz have combined to throw 12⅓ innings, giving up one run and just six hits over that span.
Sunday will be Dakota Hudson’s turn to get the start for St. Louis, and he’s hoping to provide more of the same success. Hudson took a no-decision in his first start, as he went four innings and allowed three runs and five hits against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.
The Cardinals didn’t have a lot of offense in Saturday’s win, but they had just enough. Paul DeJong had an RBI double to put St. Louis on the board, and designated hitter Corey Dickerson added an RBI single in the eighth that ended up being the winning run.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored in the game. He’s been one of the hottest hitters in baseball in the early part of the season, batting .423 with four doubles, four home runs, 12 RBIs and eight runs scored.
Brewers Struggling To Come Through With Big Hits
The Milwaukee Brewers had won three straight games prior to Friday, but over the last two games, they’ve managed just two runs and 11 hits, losing both contests. It hasn’t exactly been the home start the team was hoping for, but the Brewers are hoping to turn it around starting Sunday.
“I don’t see pressing going on,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said after Saturday’s loss. “I think we have to create a little more offense, for sure. When we get pitches to hit, we have to do something with them.”
Milwaukee tried to rally in the late innings on Saturday, pulling to within a run on Victor Caratini’s solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. But Rowdy Tellez hit into a game-ending double play in the bottom of the ninth to end any hopes.
Tellez is batting .304 and Caratini is at .308, the only two Brewers batting above .300. Milwaukee has just five home runs in nine games, with no player hitting more than one.
Left-hander Aaron Ashby will be on the mound, making his first start. The 23-year-old is 0-1 in two appearances this season, pitching five innings and allowing one run on five hits while striking out five and walking three.
Cardinals vs Brewers Head-to-Head
The St. Louis Cardinals have made themselves at home at American Family Field in this series, which is a continuation of a trend over the last couple of seasons. The Cardinals are a combined 12-7 against the Milwaukee Brewers as a visitor since the beginning of the 2020 campaign.
St. Louis has won or tied the season series with Milwaukee in each of the last four seasons, with the only tie coming in 2020 when the teams split 10 matchups. Despite the Cardinals’ recent play and historical success in Milwaukee, the MLB lines are giving the Brewers a slight edge in Sunday’s series finale.
Cardinals vs Brewers Game Information
- Game: Cardinals (5-2) at Brewers (4-5)
- Location: American Family Field
- Day/Time: Sunday, 2:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Cardinals vs Brewers Betting Lines
Cardinals vs Brewers Prediction
The Milwaukee Brewers are struggling to piece together any significant offense, while the St. Louis Cardinals are rolling both on the mound and at the plate. It’s hard to see Milwaukee putting it together in this one, especially with a bullpen game on tap for the home team.
When making your MLB picks, take St. Louis to pick up the win on the road.