St. Louis Cardinals (38-34) at Milwaukee Brewers (43-30)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 21, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -117 / St. Louis Cardinals +107 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers meet Thursday in MLB action at Miller Park.
The St. Louis Cardinals could use a bounce back victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Cardinals have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Jose Martinez leads the Cardinals with 77 hits and 44 RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Tommy Pham have combined for 141 hits and 66 RBI. Carlos Martinez gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 6-4 with a 1.95 ERA and 105 strikeouts in his career against the Brewers.
The Milwaukee Brewers look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Brewers have scored 12 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Milwaukee Brewers have lost six of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Lorenzo Cain leads the Brewers with 75 hits and 25 RBI while Christian Yelich and Travis Shaw have combined for 131 hits and 76 RBI. Junior Guerra gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 2.89 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. Guerra is 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games, 8-1 in Martinezs last 9 starts with 4 days of rest and 0-4 in Martinezs last 4 starts. The Brewers are 19-8 in their last 27 home games, 3-7 in Guerras last 10 starts vs. National League Central and 3-7 in Guerras last 10 starts. The Cardinals are 36-17 in the last 53 meetings in Milwaukee, 7-3 in Martinezs last 10 starts vs. Brewers and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers have been very solid at home this season and have the rest advantage considering they didn't have to play yesterday. However, we're getting plus money with one of the best young pitchers in baseball in Martinez, who is allowing a .210 batting average this season and has allowed three or less runs in eight of his last 10 games. On the road this season, Martinez is allowing just a .169 batting average. Any time you can get an ace at plus money, you should highly consider taking it. Give me the Cards on the road.