Zach Davies (10-6, 4.06 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (56-74) go up against Carlos Martinez (12-7, 3.13 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (68-61) in the first of a three-game division series at Miller Park. The game gets underway at 7:20 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and will air on FSMW and FSWI.
In his last start, Davies pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking three in a 7-1 victory over the Rockies. Chris Carter (.225, 65 Rs, 30 HRs, 71 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Cardinals were victorious over the Mets 8-1 the last time Martinez pitched. He went 8.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking three. Matt Carpenter (.287, 68 Rs, 17 HRs, 58 RBIs) has been doing well, going 3 for 4 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. Against teams in the NL Central, the Brewers have a SU record of 17-33. The Brewers are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with an MLB-high 147 steals.
Against teams in their division, the Cardinals are 28-22 SU. The Cardinals are the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL when playing on the road, averaging five runs per game so far. St. Louis is one of the top hitting teams in the NL with an average of 8.9 hits per contest.
The Cardinals have gotten the best of the Brewers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 9-3. This game will feature Martinez (RHP) on the mound against the Brewers, who have a 32-58 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Davies will take the mound against the Cardinals, who have a 50-40 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
The Brewers currently sit below .500 against the NL Central Division at 17-33, and the Cardinals have a 28-22 record.
Milwaukee has won 43% (23-31) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, St. Louis has won 55% (31-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Brewers have a 12-30 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers are 44-9. The Cardinals have a 47-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Milwaukee has earned 533 this season. St. Louis ranks fourth with 641 runs.
Ranking eighth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 429 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top five at second with 500.
When the Brewers hit at least one home run, they are 44-38, well-matched with the Cardinals who are 56-40 when hitting one or more homers.