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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/17/14

Milwaukee Brewers (79-72) at St. Louis Cardinals (83-68)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Michael Fiers (R) (6-1) (1.736) vs. Adam Wainwright (R) (18-9) (2.559)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -153 / Milwaukee Brewers +143 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-WI, FSN-MW

The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals play game two of their three-game series Wednesday night.

The Milwaukee Brewers have won five of their last six games and looking to finish the season strong in order to clinch a playoff spot. The Brewers pitching staff has led the way during this mini stretch, allowing two or less runs in five of their last six games. Overall, the Milwaukee Brewers have an ERA of 3.78, which is 18th in the majors, and they’ve won six straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Carlos Gomez has hit in seven of his last nine games and Aramis Ramirez has a hit in five of his last six games. Mike Fiers takes the hill, and he’s 6-2 with a 1.84 ERA and has 59 strikeouts in 53.2 innings. Fiers is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in five career games against the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/17/14

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The St. Louis Cardinals have split their last eight games and are 15 games above a .500 record. The Cardinals pitching staff has been very consistent, allowing three or less runs in nine of their last 13 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 10 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Matt Holliday has hit in seven of his last eight games and Matt Carpenter has hit safely in seven of his last nine games. Starting is Adam Wainwright, who is 18-9 with a 2.56 ERA and has 164 strikeouts in 211 innings. Wainwright is 11-7 with a 2.43 ERA in 29 career games against the Brewers.

The Brewers are 9-3 in Fiers' last 12 starts vs. National League Central and 6-1 in Fiers' last 7 starts overall. The Cardinals are 46-22 in Wainwrights last 68 home starts and 51-24 in Wainwrights last 75 starts overall. The Cardinals are 5-1 in Wainwrights last 6 starts vs. Brewers.

The Brewers have finally found their groove and are playing like a team that wants to make the playoffs. I was on Milwaukee last night and I'm backing them here, as desperation usually pays off well.

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