St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The St Louis Cardinals look to even up their series with a victory in game two of the NLCS on Monday versus the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are -140 favorites over the Cardinals with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Cardinals didn’t carry over the momentum of their NLDS victory over Philadelphia in to their opener in the League Championship with a 9-6 defeat as proof. A more accurate statement would be the pitching couldn’t follow up Chris Carpenter’s gem in game five versus the Phillies as Jaime Garcia couldn’t get out of the fifth inning against Milwaukee. The final line on Garcia was six runs allowed on six hits and three walks in only four innings of work as one inning proved to be his undoing in both of his postseason starts. The offense was a different story with nine hits with the big blow being a three run holmium off the bat of David Freese. St Louis sends Edwin Jackson to the mound looking to even this series and the way he has thrown the ball down the stretch he might be the perfect candidate. Jackson has given the Cards quality starts in eight of hi last ten appearances and defeated Philadelphia in his only start of the NLDS allowing two runs on five hits in six frames of a 5-3 victory.
The Brewers offense came to the rescue Sunday with a huge six run fifth inning leading the way to a 9-6 shootout victory over St Louis to go a game up in the NLCS. The Brew Crew hammered out eleven hits and recorded five walks with eight extra base hits pacing the attack. Milwaukee received homeruns off the bats of Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Yuniesky Betancourt while four players posted a pair of hits apiece. Braun finished with two hits and four runs batted in and two runs while added a pair of hits with two RBI’s and two runs. Felder knocked in two runs with Jerry Hairston totaled a pair of runs and two hits to round out the Brewers offensive assault. Zack Greinke failed to produce on the mound for the second time in as many postseason starts. Greinke gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings of work. The Brewers hope for a better performance on the hill when Shaun Marcum takes the ball Monday. Marcum faced Arizona in the NLDS allowing seven runs in just 4.2 innings in his first ever postseason appearance.
This is an interesting match up with the hot Edwin Jackson needing to keep the Milwaukee bats under control. Jackson has been a major reason the Redbirds are in the playoffs with the team winning eight of his last ten outings. I don’t like going against Milwaukee at home but Jackson gives his team a decent chance and I’m not real comfortable backing Marcum who can be erratic.
St. Louis Cardinals +130 Milwaukee Brewers