Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free Pick 9/20/13
St. Louis Cardinals (89-64) at Milwaukee Brewers (68-84)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)
Shelby Miller (R) (14-9) (3.012) vs. Johnny Hellweg (R) (1-4) (8.273)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers +167 / St. Louis Cardinals -177 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
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The Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals face off on Friday in Milwaukee for game one of their N.L. Central series.
The Milwaukee Brewers season has been a disaster but with just over a week left in the season they get a chance to play spoiler and have an active role in who wins the division. The Brewers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 36-42 at home this season, and they are 20.5 games behind the Cardinals in the standings. As a team the Brewers are hiting .253 with Jean Segura hitting .296, Carlos Gomez hitting .286, and Norichika Aoki hitting .279. For game one against the Cardinals the Brewers start John Hellweg who is 1-4 for the season with an 8.31 ERA and 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA in his last three starts.
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The St. Louis Cardinals are in first place in the N.L. Central but they lead is from solid at this point. The Cardinals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 41-37 on the road this season, and they have a one game lead of the Pirates. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .268 with Matt Carpenter hitting .321, Yadier Molina hitting .315, and Allen Craig hitting .315. For game one in Milwaukee the Cardinals start Shelby Miller who is 14-9 with a 3.01 ERA for the season and 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last three starts.
Milwaukee is 4-1 in their last five games, 4-1 in their last five home games, and 1-4 in Hellwegs’ last five starts. St. Louis is 9-4 in their last 13 games, 20-9 as a favorite, and 5-1 in Miller’s last six starts. St. Louis is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings of these two.
St. Louis is a big favorite here and they should be as Miller has found his game again and he should cruise in this spot.