Milwaukee Brewers (3-4) at St. Louis Cardinals (5-2)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Adrian Houser (0-1) (3.60) vs. Carlos Martinez (0-1) (7.20)
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The Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals meet Saturday in MLB action from Busch Stadium.
This will be the second installment of a three-game set between these teams. On Thursday, the Cardinals powered out a 3-1 win to take the early edge in the series. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Milwaukee lost a series versus the Twins to kick off the year, but then managed to win two of three from the Cubs. In the Thursday game, Milwaukee couldn’t find much offense, wasting a nice start from Corbin Burnes. He went 6.0 innings with one hit and nine strikeouts.
For the Saturday starting pitcher job, Milwaukee will go with Adrian Houser. In his first start this year April 4 versus the Twins, Hauser put up 5.0 innings with four hits, two earned, two walks and four strikeouts. This will be Houser’s appearance against the Cards in a while; he didn’t face them in a start last year.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they started out a shaky 1-2 against the Reds this year, but managed a nice three-game sweep of the Marlins. St. Louis’ offense was stagnant until the last few innings in the Thursday game, but they pulled it out. Nolan Arenado’s two-run homer was the highlight there.
The Cardinals will send out Carlos Martinez in the starting role on Saturday. In his first start this year, Martinez went 5.0 innings with five hits, four earned, two walks and four strikeouts. Martinez was perfect through three innings in that one but gave up hard contact here and there.
The Brewers are 15-7 in their last 22 Saturday games and 25-12 in their last 37 in game two of a series. Milwaukee is 8-18 in their last 26 after an off day and 2-5 in their last seven versus the NL Central.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 4-0 in their last four overall and 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games. St. Louis is 9-4 in their last 13 versus the NL Central and 4-1 in their last five versus a team with a losing record.
PICK: I’m going to take the Brewers in this one. We should have a pretty good starting pitcher matchup on our hands, and it’ll be an interesting one to see. In any case, Houser was solid at producing ground balls in his first appearance this year, and recovered well from a sketchy first inning. I like another decent start out of Houser here, and another pretty tight game overall. Should be a fun one to watch.