St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/14
Milwaukee Brewers (78-72) at St. Louis Cardinals (83-67)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Wily Peralta (R) (16-10) (3.799) vs. John Lackey (R) (13-9) (3.97)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -146 / Milwaukee Brewers +136 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-WI, FSN-MW, ESPN
The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series Tuesday at Busch Stadium.
The Milwaukee Brewers have won four of their last five games and are six games above a .500 record. Despite the minor turnaround, the Brewers offense is still struggling, scoring three or less runs in nine of their last 14 games. The Brewers have lost 14 of their last 15 games when scoring three or fewer runs. Ryan Braun has an RBI in five of his last 10 games and Jonathan Lucroy has hit in eight of his last 10 games. The Milwaukee Brewers have an ERA of 3.78, which is 18th in the majors. Starting is Wily Peralta, who is 16-10 with a 3.75 ERA and has 134 strikeouts in 177.2 innings. Peralta is 4-4 with a 4.60 ERA in eight career starts against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals are 10-4 in the month of September and 17 games above a .500 record. The Cardinals pitching staff has been lights out, allowing three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. Overall, the St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.58, which is 13th in the majors, and they’ve won eight of their last nine games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Matt Holliday has five RBIs in his last three games and Yadier Molina has a five-game hitting streak. John Lackey takes the mound, and he’s 13-9 with a 3.97 ERA and has 151 strikeouts in 183.2 innings. Lackey is 2-1 with a 5.14 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers.
The Brewers are 7-3 in Peraltas last 10 starts during game 1 of a series and 3-7 in their last 10 vs. National League Central. The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in their last 6 games following an off day. The Brewers are 20-43 in the last 63 meetings.
This is a big game for the Brewers if they hope to make the playoffs this season. With Peralta on the mound, I'll take my chances with the plus money.