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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 9/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Brewers (61-77) at St. Louis Cardinals (73-64)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Junior Guerra (7-3) (2.85) vs. J Garcia (10-11) (4.41)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -156 / Milwaukee Brewers +146 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSWI, FSMW

Headed our way Thursday from Busch Stadium, the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals will be opening up their series. 

The Brewers just finished up against the Cubs in their early-week series. Milwaukee and Chicago split the first two games, and on Wednesday the Brewers took the series with a razor-close 2-1 win. 

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 9/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Cardinals tangled with the Pirates this week. St. Louis won the first two games, but dropped a heartbreaker in the finale 4-3. 

Taking the mound for the Brewers on Thursday will be RHP Junior Guerra. Over his 18 starts and 7-3 record this year, Guerra holds a 2.85 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP in 110.2 innings. Guerra just came off the disabled list before his last start, where he went 3.1 innings with five hits and no earned against the Pirates. 

It’s not hard to find the stars of the Brewers’ order. Jonathan Villar has managed 152 hits with 78 runs and 54 RBI. Ryan Braun holds 138 hits with 71 runs, 26 homers and 79 RBI. Scooter Gennett sits on 114 hits with 47 runs and 43 RBI. 

Over on the Cardinals’ side, we’ll be seeing lefty Jaime Garcia on Thursday. In his 27 starts and 10-11 record this year, Garcia holds a 4.41 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP in 159.1 innings. Garcia logged a loss his last time out, posting six hits, two earned and eight Ks over six innings in Cincinnati. 

St. Louis has some pretty solid hitters atop their order. Stephen Piscotty holds 137 hits with 77 runs, 20 homers and 75 RBI. Yadier Molina continues to produce with 134 hits, 47 runs and 46 RBI. Matt Carpenter has managed 109 hits with 70 runs and 59 RBI so far. 

The Brewers are 9-2 in their last 11 games versus a left-handed starter, and 6-13 in their last 19 Thursday games. Milwaukee is also 2-9 in their last 11 game ones of a series, and 7-2 in Guerre’s last nine road starts. 

As for the Cardinals, they’re 11-4 in their last 15 game ones of a series, and 27-13 in their last 40 Thursday games. St. Louis is also 4-1 in Garcia’s last five starts following a quality start in his last appearance, and 4-1 in Garcia’s last five home starts against a team with a losing record. 

If Garcia can get out to a good start in this one, St. Louis has a good chance at the win. It may not be pretty, but I’ll take the Cardinals here.

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St. Louis Cardinals -156

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