St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers face off on Friday at Busch Stadium for game one of their series of NL Central teams. The Cardinals are -130 favorites over the Brewers with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The St. Louis Cardinals got off to a slow start on the road but home cooking brought solid results and they look to keep it going this weekend. The Cardinals have won two games in a row, have outscored their opponents by 18 runs, and they are tied for first place in the NL Central. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .264 with Matt Carpenter hitting .400, Pete Kozma hitting .294, and Matt Adams hitting .643. The Cardinals opponents are hitting .253 and the St. Louis pitching staff has an ERA of 3.59. For game one the Cards start Shelby Miller who got the win in his last start. In his first outing Miller allowed four hits and two runs while striking out four over 5.1 innings of work against the Giants in San Francisco.
The Milwaukee Brewers are off to a slow start going 2-6 in their fist eight games. The Brewers are 1-1 o the road, they are in last place in the NL Central, and they have been outscored by their opponents by 17 runs. As a team the Brewers are hitting .277 with Ryan Braun hitting .500, Jean Segura hitting .458, and Norichika Aoki hitting .389. The Brewers opponents are hitting .316 with the Milwaukee pitching staff having an ERA of 5.47. For game one in St. Louis Milwaukee start Kyle Lohse who makes his return to St. Louis where he pitched for the last five years. This season Lohse allowed five hits and a run while striking out five over six innings of work.
St. Louis is 4-1 in their last five games, 36-15 in their last 51 home games, and 0-4 int heir last five game one of a series. Milwaukee is 20-8 in their last 28 games against the NL Central, 2-5 in their last seven games as a road underdog, and 1-6 in their last seven games overall. Milwaukee is 4-10 in their last 14 games in St. Louis.
The total is set at 8.5 and despite the solid pitching match up my pick is on the over.