St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 4/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Brewers (3-3) at St. Louis Cardinals (3-3)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Taylor Jungmann (0-0) (1.80) vs. M Wacha (0-0) (8.31)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -170 / Milwaukee Brewers +160 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLBN, FSWI, FS-M
On Monday afternoon, the MLB is bringing us a great National League Central matchup between the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Brewers are coming off a weekend series against the Astros, winning Friday by a score of 6-4, but dropping Saturday’s game--also by a score of 6-4. On Sunday, Milwaukee got another victory 3-2 to take the series.
As for the Cardinals, they just finished up against the Braves over the weekend. St. Louis pummeled Atlanta in the first two games, winning both by a combined score of 19-6. In Sunday’s finale, the Cardinals scored five times in the top of the ninth on the way to a 12-7 victory and the series sweep. That gave St. Louis a whopping 32 runs in three games.
Coming out on Monday for the Brewers is right-handed starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann. In his last appearance, Jungmann logged five innings of work with three hits and two runs (one earned) against the Giants. Look for Jungmann to go a little deeper in Monday’s matchup than he did in his first start (80 pitches).
The Brewers’ bats possess a lot of versatility in both power and speed. Chris Carter should be the home run leader for Milwaukee this season, and he’s already got two long-balls with five RBI. Carter was 1-for-3 on Sunday. Jonathan Villar should swipe around 30 bases this season, and thus far he’s accounted for five hits with two runs and a solo homer. Villar whiffed in Sunday’s game, however.
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Over on the St. Louis side, Monday’s starter is set to be right-hander Michael Wacha. It was a horrible outing in Wacha’s 2016 season debut against the Pirates, as he allowed four earned runs on 10 hits in just 4 1/3 innings. We’ll be looking for a bounce-back from Wacha here.
The Cardinals hitters will have to be opportunistic this season, as they’re not as stacked as they have been in recent years. Matt Carpenter should finish with a nice stat-line in 2016, and he’s off and running with five hits and seven RBI. Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk didn’t start Sunday’s finale, thanks to poor form in the early-going. Holliday started the season just 3-for-20, while Grichuk was hitting just .067.
Let’s dig a little deeper and check out the trends for this matchup. The Brewers are just 1-5 in Jungmann’s last six starts, and 1-6 in their last seven Monday games.
As for the Cardinals, they’re 8-2 in their last 10 Monday games, and 8-1 in Wacha’s last nine starts during game one of a series.
I’ve been adamant about my lack of enthusiasm for the Cardinals this season, but I like Wacha to come back with a solid outing here. Jungmann should pitch well also, but St. Louis has enough firepower to come away with a relatively low-scoring win.