St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The St Louis Cardinals look to advance to the World Series with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers in game six of the NLCS Sunday. The Brewers are -125 favorites over the Cardinals with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Cardinals have some momentum heading to Miller Park following a 7-1 victory in game five. The question is can the Redbirds win in Milwaukee for the second time in this series against a team that has been lights out in their own backyard. If the Cardinals can duplicate the pitching and hitting they received Friday night than the chances are good they’ll be advancing. It wasn’t as if starter Jamie Garcia was great because that was far from the truth as he was on the verge of disaster which is why he was yanked after just 4.1 innings. Garcia gave up only one run but was very hittable allowing seven while striking out five. The St Louis bullpen was solid once again with 4.1 innings of scoreless relief. The bats also came through with a big night with ten hits and five walks. All but two players recorded hits with Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina each posting three hits. The Cardinals hand the ball to Edwin Jackson looking to nail down the NLCS. Jackson defeated Philadelphia 5-3 allowing two runs in six inning but received a no decision against Milwaukee when he gave up two runs on seven hits in just 4.1 frames.
Milwaukee missed a golden chance to put St Louis behind the eight ball with a game five win, especially coming home for the final two games of the NLCS where the Brewers have been one of the best home squads in all of baseball. Starter Zack Greinke pitched as hoped but his defense was less than desired when only two of the five runs he gave up were earned. Greinke allowed seven hits and a pair of walks in what ended up as his best start of the postseason. The Brew Crew bats posted nine his but were relatively quiet with Corey Hart with three hits and Jonathan Lucroy adding two more to lead the attack. It really wasn’t a bad performance but Milwaukee squandered a few early opportunities and never challenged late. Right hander Shaun Marcum takes the hill in game six needing a big rebound from a pair of disappointing starts in the 2011 postseason. Marcum has allowed a total of 12 runs on 14 hits in only 8.2 innings of work,
Although Jackson was the hottest St Louis pitcher down the stretch he did struggle last time out and has to be at the top of his game against Milwaukee and especially so at Miller Park. I’m baffled by the way Marcum has performed in the postseason as he has not been near top form in either. I hate going against the Brewers at home but I’m not sure the home field mystique of Milwaukee fazes the Cardinals.
St. Louis Cardinals +115 Milwaukee Brewers