St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
|Date & Time||Saturday March 30, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +118 / Milwaukee Brewers -131 -- Over/Under: 8.5
The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers meet Saturday in MLB action at Miller Park.
The St. Louis Cardinals were able to hold onto their lead in their game two victory, unlike opening day. The Cardinals have to be impressed with their offense up to this point, as they have 19 hits, six homers and have produced 13 runs in their first two games. If this sort of production can continue, the St. Louis Cardinals will be in the thick of the NL Central race all season long. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with four hits and five RBI while Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter have combined for five hits and four RBI. Dakota Hudson gets the ball, and he was 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 19 strikeouts last season. Hudson is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.
The Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff has really been rocked in the first two games, and if it wasn’t for a ridiculous catch from Cain in game one, the Brewers could easily be sitting with their fourth 0-2 start in the last five years. The good news is the Milwaukee Brewers offense has shown up in this series, hitting five homers and drawing four walks. The Brewers already have five hitters with two or more hits. Lorenzo Cain leads the Brewers with three hits while Christian Yelich and Rain Braun have combined for six hits and seven RBI. Brandon Woodruff gets the ball, and he was 3-0 with a 3.61 ERA and 47 strikeouts last season. Woodruff is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series, 1-7 in their last 8 vs. National League Central and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Brewers are 12-2 in their last 14 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-1 in Woodruff's last 5 starts. The Cardinals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 6-1 in Woodruff's last 7 home starts. The over is 11-2 in Cardinals last 13 overall.
Neither of these pitchers put a ton of innings under their belt last season, but Hudson was the more impressive pitcher of the two, allowing just a .196 batting average and a 2.63 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. In 16 at bats against current Cardinals, Woodruff has allowed five hits and three RBI. But remove the pitchers from the conversation, we're getting plus money with a Cardinals offense that has done nothing but rake in the first two games. I like the value based on how well St. Louis is swimming the bats.