Two Valuable MLB Betting Options in Brewers vs. Cardinals

Kevin Stott

Thursday, June 15, 2017 2:11 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017 2:11 PM UTC

After being blanked in Game 2, Eric Thames and the Milwaukee Brewers have scored 14 Runs at St. Louis in 11 innings heading into the 3rd inning on Wednesday in Game 3, meaning the light-hitting Cardinals may be in a bad spot here on Thursday night in Game 4 even with Michael Wacha going, especially considering the Redbirds putrid 1-9 mark L10 versus their own NL Central.

Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (FS-Milwaukee, FS-Midwest, Directv 671, 7:15 p.m. ET):

RHP Michael Wacha and the Cardinals (30-33) face Zach Davies and the division-leading Brewers (34-22) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Thursday in Game 4 of this 4-game NL Central series. Offshore sportsbooks have St. Louis solid -139 favorites (BetOnline) with the Total 9o -120 (BetOnline). The Run Line odds see the Redbirds -1½ +130 with the visiting Brewers +1½ priced at -150 (BetOnline).

In Game 1 of a DH on Tuesday, the Cardinals shut out Milwaukee, 6-0 with the Brewers coming back to take the second game, 8-5. In Game 3 on Wednesday, Milwaukee sent Matt Garza to the mound against St. Louis’s Mike Leake (STL -178, 9u -115, 5Dimes).

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers (66/1 to win World Series, BetOnline) have had a solid Regular Season and into action Wednesday night, found themselves atop the NL Central and the only team with a Record better than .500. But with the world champion Cubs (32-32) still waiting to find a groove, the Brew Crew’s 1 game lead over Chicago felt like a game deficit but beating the Cubs and these Cardinals could get Milwaukee into the Postseason. In game 3 on Wednesday at the Gateway City, Milwaukee (6/1 to win NL Central, Bovada) Manager Craig Counsell put out a Starting Lineup of: 2B Sogard, 1B Thames, RF Santana, 3B Shaw, LF Pérez, C Pina, CF Broxton, SS Arcia with RHP Matt Garza getting the pill for the Cheeseheads. Thames doubled and homered in his first 2 AB’s to help the visitors jump out to a 6-0 2nd Inning lead in The Lou which was quickly made 6-4 in the hosts bottom half of the frame.

The Brewers (17-13 Road) are 4-0 L4 Davies’ starts vs. NL Central, 8-2 his L10 starts overall and 6-1 his L7 hurling vs. Teams with Losing Records. The Under is 4-1 L5 Milwaukee (321 RF-307 RA) Thursdays while the Over is 11-1-1 L13 Davies’ Starts vs. NL Central and 10-3-2 L15 both his L15 starts overall and on Grass.

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals (36/1 to win World Series, BetOnline) were playing better for a bit, but after a 4-6 spell, found themselves just a game ahead of 4th-place Pittsburgh (30-35) in the NL Central heading into play Hump Day. No team in the division has scored less Runs than St. Louis (259), but then again, the Redbirds have also allowed the least (270) although the -11 RD as we near the All-Star Break has to be disappointing for Manager Mike Matheny, despite the Cubs swoon. Matheny’s starting lineup in Game 4 against the Brewers was: 1B Carpenter, CF Pham, RF Piscotty, LF Martínez, 2B Wong, SS Díaz, 3B Garcia, C Fryer with southpaw Marco Gonzales getting the start for the hosts. Sup Pham?

The Cardinals (14/1 to win NL, Bovada) are 6-1 L7 Home games and 8-2 L10 Wacha Thursday night Starts but a woeful 1-8 L9 vs. their own NL Central and 1-4 Wacha’s L5 Starts. The Over is 36-16-1 L53 Wacha Starts for St. Louis (6/1 to win NL Central, Bovada) overall and 20-6-1 his L27 against the NL Central.

St. Louis Forecast, Side, Totals and Umpire Trends From, Expert Picks

The Weather Channel forecast for St. Louis (Busch Stadium) for Thursday night is calling for Partly Cloudy Skies with a stray Thunderstorm possible, a Low of 72° with light and variable SSW Winds around 4 mph. Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (7-3, 4.74 ERA) has notched Wins in 5 of his L7 starts and has won back-to-back outings, beating the decent Dodgers and Diamondbacks and is 2-0 lifetime against St. Louis with a very respectable 2.53 ERA in 5 career starts. Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha (3-3, 4.50 ERA) went past the 5th Inning for the first time since May 19 in his last start against the lowly Phillies, allowing 2 ER on 5 Hits in 6 IP.

The Over is 5-0 in Wacha’s L5 Home starts vs. Milwaukee, 4-1 L6 overall while the Brewers (28/1 to win NL, Bovada) are 4-1 L5 Davies’ starts but 18-38 L56 meetings overall into Wednesday (32.1%). The Road team is 5-0 L5 games Umpire Cory Blaser has been behind Home Plate while the Under 9-2-5 his L18 Thursday games calling Balls and Strikes with the Over 4-1 his L5 games behind the dish. St. Louis is 4-1 Blaser’s L5 behind the plate while the Home club is 6-2 his L8 overall. With 10 Runs having been scored in the first 2 innings in Game 3 on Wednesday and the Cardinals so weak lately vs. the NL Central, backing the Over—11-1-1 L13 Davies Starts vs. NL Central—and the underdogs are the MLB Picks on getaway day at Busch Stadium

PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Brewers 6 Cardinals 5

Free MLB Picks: Brewers +133 Over 9 -115Best Lines Offered: 5dimes


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