Jaime Garcia (1-1, 3.46 ERA) and Mike Fiers (1-5, 4.53 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (33-17) and the Milwaukee Brewers (17-34) at Busch Stadium. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 1 and can be seen on FSN-WI, FSN-MW and ESPN.
Garcia is 6-3 with a 3.26 ERA in his appearances against the Brewers, and goes up against a below-average Milwaukee offense which is batting just .228 this season. Jhonny Peralta (.310, 25 Rs, 8 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Fiers starts in place of Matt Garza, who was forced into relief work in Milwaukee's 17-inning game on Sunday. He takes on a good St. Louis offense that's batting .268. Ryan Braun (.264, 30 Rs, 12 HRs, 38 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 7 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
St. Louis is a -158 favorite against Milwaukee and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Cardinals have recorded an overall money line of +1,411 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 27-8. St. Louis is an impressive 5-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Cardinals have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.8 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.2 runs per game. The Cardinals are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.3 per game. St. Louis is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.1 per game. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Cardinals, who have a team ERA of only 2.76. The Cardinals are the fourth-best team in the NL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.4 hits per game so far this season.
In the other locker room, Milwaukee is coming in with an overall money line of -1,788 and a disappointing record of 11-20 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-5 record when playing as the underdog.
The Cardinals lead the season series, 4-2. The Cardinals have a great 17-3 record at home (27-12 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Garza takes the mound. Garcia (LHP) will be on the hill against the Brewers, who have a inferior 4-7 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
The Cardinals hold a 17-7 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Brewers have a 9-16 record against the division.
When leading after 7 innings, St. Louis is 12-4, while Milwaukee is 7-13.
The Cardinals managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Brewers who are coming in with a 5-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 5-28. The Cardinals have a 7-11 record when opponents outhit them.
St. Louis ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 40 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top half at 11th with 50.
Ranking 15th, Milwaukee is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.52 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with 9.27.
Ranking 28th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.664). St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .737.
The Brewers are 10-25 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 14-12 when they allow at least one homer.