Matt Garza (1-2, 5.40 ERA) and Carlos Martinez (1-0, 2.08 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (3-13) and the St. Louis Cardinals (10-4) at Miller Park. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 24 and can be seen on FSN-MW and FSN-WI.
Garza is 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA in his appearances against the Cardinals, and goes up against a quality St. Louis offense which is batting .263 this season. Adam Lind (.309, 4 Rs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Martinez is 0-1 with a 1.96 ERA when pitching against the Brewers. He is up against a below-average Milwaukee offense which is hitting just .218 this season. Matt Carpenter (.386, 13 Rs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Cardinals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
St. Louis takes on Milwaukee as a -118 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Brewers have recorded an overall money line of -1,211 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.
Over in the other dugout, St. Louis is coming in with an overall money line of +418 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 6.9 per game, ranking third in the NL. St. Louis's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an NL-low 2.14 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cardinals are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.07 for the season. The Cardinals have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.4 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Cardinals lead the season series, 2-1. The Brewers have a bad 1-7 record at home (2-10 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Martinez takes the mound. Garza (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have an 8-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
The Cardinals sit at 8-3 against the division, while the Brewers are 3-10
The Cardinals are 1-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Brewers are 0-1 in such matchups.
The St. Louis batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. Milwaukee has a record of 1-10 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 7-4. The Brewers have a 2-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Milwaukee ranks 27th with 46 runs and St. Louis is 23rd with 55.
Milwaukee and St. Louis both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Milwaukee sits at 28th with 31 this season and St. Louis ranks 22nd with 41.
The Brewers are 2-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 5-1 when they hit at least one homer.