St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/2/14
Milwaukee Brewers (61-49) at St. Louis Cardinals (57-51)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Kyle Lohse (R) (11-5) (3.07) vs. Justin Masterson (R) (4-6) (5.362)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -101 / Milwaukee Brewers -109 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, FSMW
The Brewers and Cardinals battle for position atop the NL Central on Saturday night
The Milwaukee Brewers made a statement in Friday’s opener in St. Louis, tagging Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright for seven runs on nine hits in less than six innings, eventually chasing the veteran righty from the game. Aramis Ramirez had three hits including a HR and RBI double, Ryan Braun had two RBI doubles, and Jonathan Lucroy had 2 hits including a bases clearing RBI double as the damage off Wainwright was all the Brewers would score, and need, to win. Wily Peralta picked up the win on the mound in the process as he moved to an impressive 13-6 on the season. Milwaukee will look to further establish their top position atop the division as they send veteran right hander Kyle Lohse to the mound who is more than earning his $11 million this season. Lohse has a WHIP of 1.10, ERA of 3.07 and 11-5 record on the year, approaching the level of success he enjoyed with the Cardinals in 2012 in his best season as a pro. Lohse gave up three runs and struck out nine over six innings in his lone start against St. Louis back on April 29th. The Brewers are an impressive 31-23 away from home on the season.
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The St. Louis Cardinals’ 29th ranked scoring attack sputtered for most of Friday night’s game, eventually tacking on 2 meaningless runs in the 9th inning as the home team scored four runs on six hits in total with Matt Carpenter driving in three of them. Yadier Molina is definitely missed in this lineup, but the remainder of the team just hasn’t been converting chances all season; case in point was one of the Cardinals’ best RBI producers from last season in Allen Craig was dealt away after watching his average with RISP drop from nearly .500 to below .250. The Cardinals will look to rebound at home as they debut newly acquired right-handed sinkerballer Justin Masterson. While the change of scenery and absence of the DH could certainly prove beneficial, Masterson has had a rough go of it this year with a WHIP of 1.65, ERA of 5.51 and record of 4-6 across 19 starts with the Indians. Masterson hasn’t made a start since July 7th, having been on the DL with a knee injury prior to Saturday’s activation. The Cardinals are 29-23 at home on the season.
Masterson will have to prove something to me before I give him any credit, so it's an easy decision on the Brewers here.