Wily Peralta (0-2, 5.68 ERA) and Adam Wainwright (2-1, 1.71 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (3-14) and the St. Louis Cardinals (11-4) at Miller Park. The Cardinals won the last game 3-0 and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on FSN-MW and FSN-WI.
Peralta is 4-5 with a 4.58 ERA in his appearances against the Cardinals, and goes up against a good St. Louis offense which is batting .261 this season. Jean Segura (.302, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Wainwright is 12-8 with a 2.37 ERA when pitching against the Brewers. He is up against a below-average Milwaukee offense which is hitting just .215 this season. Matt Carpenter (.387, 13 Rs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Cardinals, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
St. Louis takes on Milwaukee as a -145 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Brewers have recorded an overall money line of -1,111 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 1-6. Milwaukee has recorded a disappointing 1-6 record as the underdog over its last 10 games.
As for their opponent, St. Louis is coming in with an overall money line of +542 and an impressive record of 7-2 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 7-1 record, and an 8-2 record SU. The Cardinals are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the NL with 8.9 hits per game. St. Louis is excellent at not striking out with just 6.8 per game, ranking second in the NL. St. Louis's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an NL-low 2.06 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cardinals are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.05 for the season. The Cardinals have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.3 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Cardinals lead the season series, 3-1. The Brewers have a bad 2-7 record at home (3-10 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Wainwright takes the mound. Peralta (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a 9-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
The Cardinals hold a 9-3 record against the NL Central Division this season, while the Brewers have a 3-11 record against the division.
When leading after 7 innings, St. Louis is 3-2, while Milwaukee is 2-4.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Brewers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Cardinals have a 3-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 1-12. The Cardinals have a 2-0 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Milwaukee ranks 29th with eight homers and St. Louis is 23rd with 11.
Ranking 13th, Milwaukee is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.25 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.93.
Ranking 30th, Milwaukee is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.578). St. Louis ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .709.
The Cardinals are 4-2 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Brewers are 1-10 when they allow at least one homer.