Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/13/14
St. Louis Cardinals (51-43) at Milwaukee Brewers (52-42)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Miller Park)
Carlos Martinez (R) (2-0) (3.329) vs. Wily Peralta (R) (9-6) (3.949)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -134 / St. Louis Cardinals +124 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Wisconsin, Midwest
The St Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers look for the division lead with a win on Sunday.
The Cardinals have begun to play like the defending NL Central champions and are on the verge of taking over control of the division after winning seven of ten with the bats and arms getting on the same page. Make that 8-11 after a 10-2 win at Miller Park tied them with Milwaukee for the Central led. Adam Wainwright led the charge on the mound with both runs plated over seven frames to improve to 12-4. The Redbirds totaled 12 hits with Kolten Wong smacking a two run bomb while Tony Cruz drove in three and Jhonny Peralta knocked in two more. The Cardinals close the first half of 2014 with Carlos Martinez on the bump at Milwaukee. Martinez is 2-3 in five outings with a 4.12 ERA.
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Milwaukee has been in a free fall over the final weeks heading into the All Star break with defeats in ten of eleven where the pitching and hitting have struggled. The trend continued with starter Jimmy Nelson falling to 1-1 after getting hit hard by the Cardinals. Nelson was charged with eight runs (six earned) on eight hits and a pair of bases on balls through 4.1 innings pitched. The once potent attack managed only eight hits with Khris Davis and Lyle Overbay driving in runs with Jeff Bianchi and Ryan Braun scoring. Wily Peralta toes the rubber against the surging Cardinals looking to turn things around from a string of poor performances. Peralta is coming off his worse effort of 2014 when he was charged with nine runs in 4.1 innings of a 9-7 loss to Philadelphia.
I don't know what we'll see from Martinez who has limited starts to look at. However, given Peralta's recent struggles I would rather take the plus odds...