Adam Wainwright (9-8, 4.67 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (69-61) are in Milwaukee to go up against Wily Peralta (5-9, 5.87 ERA) and the Brewers (56-75) in a matchup that has the potential for plenty of offense. This is the second of a three-game series at Miller Park. The Brewers lost the last game 6-5, extending a five-game losing streak. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and will air on FSMW and FSWI.
In his last start, Peralta pitched 5.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out five and walking three in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates. Ryan Braun (.313, 67 Rs, 24 HRs, 74 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Cardinals were also unsuccessful the last time Wainwright pitched. He pitched well, going 5.0 innings, allowing seven runs (five unearned), striking out three and walking two in a 10-6 loss to the Mets. Matt Carpenter (.287, 68 Rs, 17 HRs, 58 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Milwaukee, a +137 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against St. Louis. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at nine runs. The Brewers perform poorly as an underdog with a 36-57 record and have an overall money line of -1,091. They have not performed well against their division, earning a SU record of 17-33 and a 13-28 record when they were the underdog. They have been a terror on the base paths, leading all of baseball with 147 steals.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Cardinals come into this game with a win percentage of .534 when playing as the favorite (47-41) and an overall money line of -482. Against divisional foes, they are 28-22 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 20-14 record. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging five runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the NL are the Cardinals, who average 8.9 hits per game. The Cardinals average just 8.1 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the NL.
The Cardinals had the upper hand against the Brewers in their previous 13 games this season, earning a 10-3 record. This game will feature Wainwright (RHP) on the mound against the Brewers, who have a 32-58 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Cardinals will be the right-hander Peralta. They sport a 50-40 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
The Brewers are struggling at 17-34 in their division, while the Cardinals are 29-22.
Milwaukee recorded at least two errors for the 27th time this season.
The Brewers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are coming in with a 25-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 11-62. The Cardinals have a 14-53 record when opponents outhit them.
Milwaukee ranks in the bottom half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 148 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with 187.
Ranking 14th, Milwaukee is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.07 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 8.88.
Ranking 20th, Milwaukee is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.731). St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .780.
The Cardinals are 37-40 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Brewers are 34-57 when they allow at least one homer.