Mike Fiers (0-3, 6.75 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (3-15) go up against Lance Lynn (1-1, 1.56 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (12-4) in the last of a three-game division series at Miller Park. The Cardinals won the last game 5-3 and St. Louis leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 26 and will air on FSN-MW and FSN-WI.
Fiers has a 1.62 ERA and a 2-2 record in his career against the Cardinals, but is up against a strong St. Louis offense that's hitting .260 on the year. Adam Lind (.317, 5 Rs, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. In his career against the Brewers, Lynn is 6-2 with a 2.23 ERA. He meets a struggling Milwaukee offense that's batting just .219. Matt Carpenter (.388, 14 Rs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Cardinals, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Milwaukee is a +123 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Brewers have a losing record of 1-7 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -1,211. They have struggled as the underdog over their last 10 games, going 0-7.
On the other side, the Cardinals have a nice record of 8-2 when they are favored and are +642 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as favorite recently. They managed a 7-1 record when playing as the favorite and an SU record of 8-2. St. Louis is one of the top hitting teams in the NL with an average of 8.9 hits per contest. Switching gears to St. Louis's pitching staff, they have the lowest ERA in the NL at 1.92. They have a WHIP of 1.06, second best in the MLB. The St. Louis pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging an NL-best 9.7 strikeouts per game.
The Cardinals are 4-1 against the Brewers this season. This game will feature Lynn (RHP) on the mound against the Brewers, who have a 2-8 home and 3-11 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Cardinals will be the right-hander Fiers. They sport a 10-3 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
The Cardinals hold a 10-3 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Brewers have a 3-12 record against the division.
When leading after 7 innings, St. Louis is 4-2, while Milwaukee is 2-5.
The Milwaukee batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. St. Louis has a record of 4-0 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
It looks like the Cardinals have a slight leg up on the Brewers, as the Cardinals have won their last four games while the Brewers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers and the Cardinals both have winning records. Milwaukee has a 2-1 record in these situations while St. Louis is 8-4.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Milwaukee ranks 28th with 49 runs and St. Louis is 21st with 63.
Ranking 28th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 36 this season. St. Louis ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 47.
The Brewers are 2-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 7-1 when they hit at least one homer.