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Preview: Cardinals (55-48) at Brewers (58-47)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Miller Park
Date: August 19, 2013 8:10 PM EDT
  

Shelby Miller has baffled numerous opponents this year, but none more so than the Milwaukee Brewers.

He'll aim for his third straight win over Milwaukee on Monday night as the St. Louis Cardinals continue their NL Central road trip.

The Cardinals (71-52), one game back of Pittsburgh for first place, have had their way with the Brewers this year, winning all four meetings in Milwaukee and eight of 10 overall. Miller (11-8, 2.97 ERA) dominated them twice, striking out eight over seven innings of a 2-0 home win on April 12, then limiting them to one run over six innings in a 6-1 road victory on May 3.

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Miller's 0.69 ERA versus Milwaukee is his lowest against any opponent the rookie has faced more than once this season. Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy are a combined 1 for 16 with seven strikeouts, though Gomez hasn't played since Thursday due to a sprained right knee and is considered day-to-day.

Miller, however, has been mediocre of late, allowing 11 runs in his last 16 2-3 innings over four starts.

He gave up two solo homers and five runs in six innings of a 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, one week after throwing two pitches in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers after taking a leadoff line drive on the elbow.

"Health-wise, he felt fine," manager Mike Matheny said. "He got a couple pitches more in the middle of the plate than he wanted to early. I think stuff-wise, it looked normal."

Conversely, Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada (5-4, 4.71) has struggled mightily versus St. Louis, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three outings this year, including his worst performance of the season. He gave up a career-high eight runs and six hits over a season-low 3 1-3 innings in a 10-1 home loss on May 5 and is 0-4 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 career games against the Cardinals.

Estrada has been solid since returning from a strained left hamstring, though, yielding one run over 11 innings in two starts.

"Overall, I can't complain about this," Estrada told the team's official website after limiting the Rangers to a solo homer and three other hits over six innings of a 5-1 victory on Tuesday. "I kept the team in the game and we pulled it off. It's a confidence booster."

Yadier Molina is 9 for 18 versus Estrada and 4 for 9 over his last two games after going hitless in five at_bats against Pittsburgh on Thursday - his first contest since missing two weeks with a sprained right knee.

Matt Carpenter drove in a pair of runs in a 6-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday and is hitting .377 over his last 14 games.

Milwaukee (54-70) had enjoyed a five-game run of strong pitching from Aug.10-15, with starters throwing at least six innings and allowing two or fewer runs in each outing. The Brewers won despite a five-run, 4 2-3 inning performance from Tom Gorzelanny in a 7-6 win over Cincinnati on Friday, but couldn't overcome the seven runs surrendered by Wily Peralta over 4 1-3 innings in a 9-1 defeat on Sunday.

Norichika Aoki is just 5 for 24 over his last six games but is one of the few Brewers to experience success against Miller, going 3 for 6.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Cardinals at Brewers
Mon, Aug 19 Final 8 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Cardinals at Brewers
Tue, Aug 20 Final 3 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Cardinals at Brewers
Wed, Aug 21 Final 8 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 STL  -148   +115   8 
 MIL  +138   -135   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 STL  -159   +110   8 
 MIL  +144   -130   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 STL  90%   98%   56% 
 MIL  10%   2%   44% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 2 Under: 6 
 STL 4 Cover: +100 
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 May 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 6 Cover: +145 
 STL 4 Over: 10 
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 May 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 6 Over: 13 
 STL 7 Cover: +100 
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 May 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 10 Cover: +105 
 MIL 1 Over: 11 
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 May 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 7 Cover: +100 
 MIL 6 Over: 13 
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 May 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 6 Cover: +100 
 MIL 1 Under: 7 
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 May 2, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 6 Cover: +100 
 MIL 5 Over: 11 
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 Apr 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 4 Cover: +144 
 STL 3 Under: 7 
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 Apr 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 0 Over: 8 
 STL 8 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 0 Under: 2 
 STL 2 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Monday, Aug 19
 
    Mets at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Rays at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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