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Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 6:44 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018 6:44 PM GMT

It’s the finale of a three-game set in St. Louis on Wednesday as the Cardinals host the NL Central-rival Brewers. If you want to watch it, you better be on social media.

Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis CardinalsFree MLB Pick: Over (& Cards)Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Finale of a three-game set Wednesday afternoon (1:15 p.m. ET) from Busch Stadium as the Cardinals and Brewers meet for the sixth time overall this early season.

I decided to preview this game because it’s part of a unique experiment by Major League Baseball. Thanks to a new deal with MLB, Facebook has exclusive rights to broadcast 25 weekday afternoon games this season, including this one. To watch it, just type in “MLB Live” in the Facebook search window. Streaming sports is the future, folks. Millennials aren’t watching TV the old-fashioned way.

It’s a good time for the Cardinals to face Milwaukee as the Brewers are without their big offseason trade acquisition in outfielder Christian Yelich and All-Star closer Corey Knebel. Yelich might just miss the minimum of 10 days with an oblique injury, but Knebel is out 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury. It actually looked much worse when he was hurt last week.

The Cardinals are without third baseman Jedd Gyorko due to a hamstring injury and he won’t return this week. The team’s bullpen should improve now with the addition of 2017 Rockies All-Star closer Greg Holland. He was signed to a one-year deal on Opening Day and got some work down in the minors to get ready. The Cards called Holland up from Single-A Palm Beach on Monday. Holland was great in the first half last season and a gas can in the second. It looked like the bad Holland on Monday as he walked four batters in the 10th inning and forced home the go-ahead run in a 5-4 loss.

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Probable Pitchers: Guerra vs. Wainwright

The Brewers have been carrying just four starting pitchers since Saturday when they optioned Brandon Woodruff to Triple-A and recalled reliever J.J. Hoover. Woodruff can’t be recalled to start here because players optioned to the minors must stay down at least 10 days unless there is an injury. It’s expected to be Junior Guerra called up as he’s on the 40-man roster. He was the team’s Opening Day starter in 2017 but was plagued by injuries and struggled all year with a 1-4 record, 1.48 WHIP and 5.12 ERA in 70.1 innings. Guerra was shipped to Triple-A late this spring despite a very strong 3.15 ERA in 20 Cactus League innings.

In his three-year MLB career, Guerra is 1-2 with a 5.59 ERA and 23 hits allowed in 19.1 innings against the Cardinals. They are hitting a collective .295 off him. Matt Carpenter is 4-for-6 with two doubles off him. Kolten Wong is 2-for-7 with a homer. Marcell Ozuna is 2-for-3 with a dinger.

The Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright began the year on the DL with a hamstring injury and lasted just 3.2 innings in his season debut last Thursday against Arizona, surrendering three runs, four hits and walking four. When you factor in last season, Wainwright looks shot at age 36. He was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts last year vs. the Brewers. Lorenzo Cain is 4-for-9 career off him with two RBIs. Ryan Braun has faced him by far the most of any Brewer and is batting .217 with 23 strikeouts and two homers in 83 at-bats.

I usually like ‘under’ calls in getaway day games, but I trust neither pitcher here whatsoever. The ‘over’ is 9-4 in Wainwright’s last 13 starts vs. Brewers. Go ‘over’ for a Wednesday MLB Facebook special pick.

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