St. Louis -128
The Milwaukee Brewers will go for the three-game sweep tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in an effort to pad their lead in the AL Central Division race. Game time is set for 8:15 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on the MLB Network.
Milwaukee needed extra innings to win Game 1 of this series but last night it rolled to a 5-1 victory as a 120 road underdog to set up the chance for the sweep. The Brewers have now won six straight games and are five games ahead of the Cardinals in the division. They are 67-50 overall; 41-15 at home and 26-35 on the road.
This Milwaukee lineup has come to life over the last 10 games, averaging 6.2 runs a game as compared to its 4.46 run average on the year. Yovani Gallardo is set to get the start for the Brewers tonight. He has given up just four earned runs in his last 28 innings pitched and is 13-7 overall with a 3.56 ERA. Lifetime against the Cardinals, Gallardo is 1-4 with an ERA of 4.66.
St. Louis is in serious danger of letting its season slip away as it is not only five games back in the Central; it has fallen 6.5 games in back of Atlanta in the wildcard race. The two losses have dropped the Cardinals to 62-55 overall and to 29-26 at home. They are 33-29 on the road this season.
The normally potent St. Louis lineup has been held in check in this series with a combined four runs as compared to averaging 4.75 runs a game this season. The Cardinals have only scored more than three runs once in their last five games.
Chris Carpenter is scheduled to be on the mound for St. Louis. He is 7-8 this season with an ERA of 3.75, but has remained in great form over his past 10 starts with a 6-2 record and a 2.85 ERA. Carpenter faced the Brewers on Aug. 1 and gave up five earned runs on seven hits to get tagged with his first loss since the middle of June.
Head-to-head this season, the Brewers have now won eight of 11 games overall and are 3-2 at Busch Stadium. The total stayed ‘under’ the 8.5 line last night, but has gone ‘over’ in three of the last five games.
Stick with the Cardinals to salvage a win tonight as Carpenter atones for his last effort against Milwaukee.