Milwaukee Brewers (5-4) at St. Louis Cardinals (4-4)
|Date & Time||Monday April 9, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -145 / Milwaukee Brewers +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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Coming up from Busch Stadium on Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals will be kicking off their MLB series.
The Brewers just finished up a set against the Cubs. Milwaukee lost Thursday and Saturday but took the Friday game. In the Sunday finale, the Brewers lost 3-0.
On Monday, the Brewers will be bringing out RHP Jhoulys Chacin for the start. In his first pair of appearances this year, Chacin has a 7.00 ERA in 9.0 innings.
Coming out of the week, the Brewers’ top player at the plate was Travis Shaw with 11 hits, four runs and six RBI. On Sunday, Lorenzo Cain logged two of Milwaukee’s three hits.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they’re fresh off a series versus the Diamondbacks. The teams split the first pair of games, then on Sunday the Cardinals lost 4-1.
St. Louis will be going with RHP Miles Mikolas in the start Monday. In his first appearance this year, Mikolas put up a win with 5.2 innings, seven hits and four earned.
The Cardinals’ leading hitter coming out of the week was Marcell Ozuna with 11 hits, five RBI and four runs. In the Sunday game, Ozuna managed one hit and the Cards’ top three hitters in the order went 0-for-10.
The Brewers are 11-27 in their last 38 Monday games and the Under is 7-1-1 in their last nine Monday games. The under is also 18-6-2 in Milwaukee’s last 26 during game one of a series and the Brewers are 5-1 in the last six meetings between these teams in St. Louis.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 7-1 in their last eight Monday games and 1-4 in their last five during game one of a series. The over is 6-1-1 in St. Louis’ last eight Monday games and 13-6 in their last 19 during game one of a series.
I haven’t picked the Cardinals for much of anything this year due to their tepid offense, but they’ve shown a few flashes here and there. As for the Brewers, they’ve put up some solid numbers at the plate, but the key factor on both sides here is going to be the pitching matchup—neither starter has looked all that solid in limited action so far. Still, I think the decider will be the Brewers’ offense, so I’m going Milwaukee.