Cardinals Motivated to Start Series vs. Brewers with a Victory

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Dana Lane

Monday, April 9, 2018 4:10 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 9, 2018 4:10 PM UTC

Milwaukee dominated the final six games of the series last year against their NL Central rival, but St. Louis might be a bit inspired after an incident in Sunday's game.

MLB Monday: Brewers vs. CardinalsFree MLB Pick: Cardinals -138 (1 unit suggested play)Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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The St. Louis Cardinals (4-5, +1) were just a bit fired up Sunday after Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. During his tirade he suggested that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was framing pitches, causing home-plate umpire Tim Timmons to miss calls. It later came out that Lovullo used a poor choice of words toward Molina, prompting the catcher to send a jab to Lovullo’s face while Timmons attempted to separate the two.

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Cardinals, D-backs benches clear after an argument at home plate. pic.twitter.com/8JuybxkWOH

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So what does that have to do with handicapping today’s game between the Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers? If you’ve watched enough Cardinals baseball you know that this sort of thing has always fueled the team. Like the Pirates and Brewers, these guys have always liked to mix it up even when they didn’t start it. It didn’t help them Sunday but these are the kind of things the organization has always rallied behind.

The Brewers (5-5, -17) are struggling after dropping two of three to the Cubs over the weekend, culminating in a 3-0 loss Sunday when they had only three hits. Busch Stadium was a favorable place last season for the Brewers, who won five of their last six meetings there, creating a series revenge spot. The Cardinals already have taken two of the first three meetings this season.

Tonight's game (7:05 ET, ESPN) features a matchup of right-handers as Milwaukee's Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 7.00 ERA, 9IP, 14H, 4BB, 6K) faces Miles Mikolas (1-0, 6.35 ERA, 5.2IP, 7H, 0BB, 5K).

According to the MLB odds board, the public seems be on the Brewers after driving the opening number of St. Louis -144 to -138 at Pinnacle. Bettors like revenge spots, especially after watching the top of the Cardinals lineup finish 0-10 Sunday against Arizona. Leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler was 0-4 and is now hitting .132 to start the season. If the Cardinals are able to cash the ticket with our MLB picks they’ll have to get another sensational effort from their pitching staff, which has done a great job of keeping them in games. Until Sunday, St. Louis had given up just 5 earned runs in their last 27 innings pitched, allowing just 19 hits while striking out 31, with a 1.67 ERA over that span.

The "total" has been bet down from an opening number of 8.5, sitting at 8 with the shade on the "over" and "under" depending on where you shop. You can still find an 8.5 at Bookmaker but I’d suggest to jump on that number now because that will disappear before the first pitch.

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