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Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Picks, Predictions, Odds

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Analysis

The Brewers visit the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Friday, August 12, 2022 for the first of a three-game series.

The Brewers are currently in second place in the National League Central standings with a 60-50 record. Away from American Family Field, Milwaukee owns a 31-28 mark. Milwaukee sits 0.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the top spot in the division. The Cardinals sit in first place of the National League Central with a 61-50 overall record, which has been helped by a robust 35-20 mark at home.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Prediction

Milwaukee enters this matchup second in the NL Central standings, half a game behind St. Louis for first place and one game behind San Diego for a Wild Card spot. The Brewers most recently went 2-0 SU in a series against the Tampa Bay Rays and have lost six of their last 10 games. The offense has been solid over that stretch, averaging 4.6 runs per game. Designated hitter Andrew McCutchen has played a significant role in that success with a batting average of .255 (94-368), 11 home runs, and 50 RBIs. The bullpen has hit a bit of a slump, allowing opponents 4.7 runs per game over their last 10 games. This is well above their season ERA of 3.85 (11th). The Southpaw Eric Lauer (8-3, 3.59 ERA) is expected to start for Milwaukee Friday.  

St. Louis will look to add to their half-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central standings in this series. The Cardinals lost two of three games to the Rockies in their most recent series but have won eight of their last 10 games. The offense has been on fire over that stretch, averaging 5.9 runs per game. This is better than usual, but the Cardinals offense has been great all season with a batting average of .254 (6th), on base percentage of .325 (6th), slugging percentage of .417 (9th) and 525 total runs (6th). Other than allowing 16 runs to the Rockies, the bullpen has been great over their last 10 games as well with three shutout performances. Left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery (4-3, 3.53 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound Friday.  

This series could be crucial as these teams are neck and neck entering the final stretch of the season. The Cardinals have been the better team as of late, but this should be an evenly matched series. With that being said, there is solid value backing the Brewers here as the Cardinals are a bit over valued in game-one. Backing the Brewers moneyline in this matchup. 

Score Prediction: Brewers 4, Cardinals 3
Best Bet: Brewers ML (+140)

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Resources

  • Date: Friday, August 12, 2022
  • Matchup: NL Central
  • Venue: Busch Stadium
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Time-TV: 8:15 p.m. ET – MLB.tv

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Current Form

The Brewers were tripped up by the Cincinnati Reds last Sunday, but grabbed two of two games last Wednesday against the Rays. In the first contest against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers were in their best form in the last five games, keeping the Cincinnati Reds at only one run.

In the most recent five games, the one played on Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds was their worst. The defense of Milwaukee allowed seven runs. The Cardinals grabbed three of three games last Sunday against the New York Yankees, but were tripped up by the Rockies last Thursday. Their best performance was on Saturday, when they limited the Yankees to scoring no runs in the second contest of a three-game series. Their worst performance in the last six games was allowing 16 runs on Tuesday, in the first match of the series played against the Colorado Rockies.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Pitching Matchup

Milwaukee: Eric Lauer (8-3, 3.60 ERA)

The Brewers’ left-hander Eric Lauer owns a 8-3 record and 3.60 ERA in his 20th start of the season. Lauer also posted a 1.22 WHIP, while striking out 111 and walking 40 batters in 112.2 innings this season. The Brewers edged the Cincinnati Reds, 5-1 on August 5, 2022 behind Lauer’s seven strong innings of work. The 27-year-old yielded one run on six hits, while striking out four and issuing three walks. In 11 road starts this season, Lauer has compiled a 4-2 record in 58.1 innings, while striking out 58, walking 26 batters, and putting together a 4.47 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

St. Louis: Jordan Montgomery (4-3, 3.54 ERA)

St. Louis’ left-hander Jordan Montgomery takes the mound for his 22th start of the season. Montgomery looks to improve on a 4-3 record and 3.54 ERA in 119.2 innings, while striking out 98, walking 24 batters, and posting a 1.08 WHIP. St. Louis’s 29-year-old left-hander earned the win in his last start, which came at home against the New York Yankees August 6, 2022. He threw five innings, with one walk and one strikeout in a 1-0 Cardinals victory. Pitching at home this season, Montgomery is 2-0 with a 3.72 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, seven walks and 48 strikeouts over 58.0 innings in 10 starts.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Series History

St. Louis went 11-8 overall in the 2021 head-to-head meetings. In the current season, the series is split with both teams winning six wins out of 12 games.

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