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Cardinals vs. Brewers - 7/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Brewers (35-43) at St. Louis Cardinals (40-38)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 1, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

M Garza (1-0) (2.81) vs. J Garcia (5-6) (4.09)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -173 / Milwaukee Brewers +163 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSWI/FSMW

The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Milwaukee Brewers look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Brewers have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Milwaukee Brewers have an ERA of 4.45 and have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jonathan Villar leads Milwaukee with 85 hits, Ryan Braun has 44 RBI and Jonathan Lucroy has 10 home runs. Matt Garza gets the nod, and he’s 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. Garza is 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Brewers - 7/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Cardinals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve won four of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 81 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 40 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 14 home runs. Jaime Garcia takes the hill, and he’s 5-6 with a 4.09 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 10-5 with a 2.71 ERA and 99 strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.

The Brewers are 13-27 in their last 40 vs. National League Central and 2-6 in Garzas last 8 starts. The Cardinals are 8-0 in their last 8 vs. National League Central and 1-5 in Garcias last 6 home starts. The Brewers are 20-44 in the last 64 meetings overall.

The St. Louis Cardinals are bound to break out of their minor slump, and it might as well come at home against a subpar Brewers club. Not a fan of this matchup, but St. Louis should get the job done here. 

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St. Louis Cardinals -1.5

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