Pick Cardinals -155 First Five Innings Tuesday

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 2:43 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014 2:43 PM GMT

Lance Lynn has been known to start fast on the mound each year, which will prove to be the difference for the St. Louis Cardinals early on against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this National League Central matchup at Busch Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.


Historic run
Milwaukee has won 19 games before May 1 for the first time in franchise history, as it comes off a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals as +152 road underdogs Monday, while going OVER the betting total of 7.

The Brewers enter tonight’s game with a 2.56 team ERA, which ranks second in the majors, while their bullpen has compiled a 2.18 ERA in the early going—led by closer Francisco Rodriguez with 12 saves. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 14-26 as road underdogs of +125 to +150, with the UNDER going 23-15 in that situation.


Alternating pattern
St. Louis has alternated wins and losses over its last five contests, as it enters the day 5.5 games back of Milwaukee in the division standings.

The Cardinals have been very inconsistent at the plate this month, but catcher Yadier Molina is capable of carrying the offense in this affair, as he’s batting .379 in his last 16 home games against Milwaukee. 

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 4-1 when playing at home with a total of 7 or less, with the OVER cashing in four of those five games.


Lohse
Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (4-1, 2.38 ERA) has won four consecutive trips to the mound behind a 2.00 ERA over that span, as he comes off a 5-2 home victory over the San Diego Padres last week.

The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA in two road appearances—failing to serve up a home run in 11.1 combined innings of work. 

In nine career starts versus the Cardinals, Lohse has tallied a 3-5 record and 3.99 ERA, including a 1-3 mark and 4.88 ERA in four outings a season ago.


Lynn
Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (4-1, 3.30 ERA) suffered his first career loss in March/April last time out, but he’s still managed to compiled a 12-1 record in that situation.

The right-hander will be making just his second home start of the season, as he picked up a 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on April 8—allowing five runs and eight hits over six innings of work.  

Lynn has gone 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in his last three appearances in this series.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinals in the first five innings as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 16-7 in Lynn’s last 23 efforts at this ballpark. 

Free MLB Pick:  St. Louis Cardinals -155 First Five Innings
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