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Cardinals vs Brewers Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks April 7

Milwaukee Looks To Extend Five-Game Winning Streak

Pair of Aces Take The Mound

The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers aren’t messing around in the opening game of the three-game series.

Milwaukee’s starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff is tied for 10th in the odds to win the National League Cy Young Award. Jack Flaherty of St. Louis figures to become more of a factor in the Cy Young race after being limited to 35 games and 32 starts over the last three seasons.

Cardinals vs Brewers Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
Cardinals vs Brewers Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Flaherty didn’t allow a hit in his 2023 debut. However, he did walk seven batters and threw 95 pitches in five innings. He walked five in three innings in his lone appearance against the Brewers last season.

Woodruff allowed three hits and one run with eight strikeouts in six innings in his first start of the season. Woodruff was 2-1 with an ERA of 1.20 and 16 strikeouts in 15 innings in three starts against the Cardinals in 2022.

When looking at the MLB news, The Cardinals are without shortstop Paul DeJong (back) and outfielder Lars Nootbaar (thumb) while pitchers Adam Wainwright and Wilking Rodriguez are also on the injury list.

For Milwaukee, infielder Luis Urias (hamstring), outfielder Tyrone Taylor (elbow), as well as pitchers Adrian Houser (groin) and Aaron Ashby (shoulder), are also out.

According to the MLB odds, the Cardinals (+1800) are 10th in the odds to win the World Series. Milwaukee (+2800) comes in 13th in the championship odds.

Missed Opportunities

St. Louis was swept by the Atlanta Braves and although the Cardinals were outscored 17-7 in the three games, things probably should have been much more competitive.

St. Louis turned 22 hits into five runs in the first two games of the series as the Cardinals were 3 of 17 with runners in scoring position and 18 runners left on base.

The inability to deliver in the clutch didn’t really emerge in the series finale with just three Cardinals in scoring position during the 5-2 loss.

It didn’t help that the Cardinals were outscored 13-1 by the Braves in the first and second innings in those games so that left St. Louis trying to play catch up and doing so unsuccessfully.

Four of the last six games that St. Louis has played against National League Central Division teams finished over the MLB betting lines total.

Bouncing Back

The season did not get off to a rip-roaring start with the Brewers limited to four singles and struck out 12 times in a season-opening loss to the Chicago Cubs.

It has been a different story during a five-game winning streak.

Brian Anderson and Garrett Mitchell each hit three home runs as the Brewers swept a three-game series against the Mets.

Anderson drove in nine runs as the Brewers won the first two games 10-0 and 9-0.

Rookie Joey Wiemer didn’t play in the season opener. He has hits in each of the last five games as the Brewers are sitting atop the NL Central standings.

Four of Milwaukee’s last five games have finished over the Las Vegas odds total.

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Cardinals vs Brewers Head-to-Head

This has been a pretty even series with neither team winning more than two games in a row in the last 21 matchups.

Five of the last seven games between the Brewers and Cardinals finished under the total.

Each of the last five meetings has been decided by at least three runs.

Rowdy Tellez had four home runs and Tyrone Taylor had a team-best nine RBIs against the Cardinals last season. However, Taylor won’t be in the lineup for this matchup.

Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado combined for nine home runs and 25 RBIs for the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs Brewers Game Information

  • Game: Cardinals (2-4) vs Brewers (5-1)
  • Location: American Family Field, Milwaukee, WI
  • Day/Time: Friday, April 7, 8:10 p.m. ET
  • Cardinals-Brewers Live stream: MLB.tv

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It could be a tough night at the office for the hitters in this matchup with pitchers who previously have finished in the top five in the National League Cy Young Award voting squaring off.

Flaherty and Woodruff haven’t started in the same game since April 16, 2019, when Flaherty allowed five runs in 2⅔ innings and Woodruff surrendered two runs in 5⅔ innings.

The game is near Pick’em when looking at the moneyline. However, Flaherty’s control issues could be a factor in this game.

This will be the first road game of the season for the Cardinals while the Brewers have covered against the Las Vegas MLB odds in two of their first three games at home.

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