The Cardinals will look to extend their three game National League Central lead tonight when they open a six game home stand against division rival Milwaukee. This evening’s game one battle between the Cardinals and Brewers is scheduled to get underway at 8:15pm ET at Busch Stadium. The latest MLB Point Spreads have St. Louis listed as a -122 moneyline favorite; the Under 7.5 runs is favored at -125 odds.
St. Louis is coming off its first series loss of the season, but it did avoid a sweep in Chicago by thumping the Cubs 5-1 in Wednesday’s series finale. The win improved the Cardinals record to 12-7 and extended NL Central lead to three games over the Brewers and Reds.
St. Louis starter Lance Lynn, who is filling the injured Chris Carpenter’s spot in the rotation, became the season’s first four game winner with the victory. Lynn gave up six hits, one earned run, and struck out seven over eight innings to keep his record unblemished. The Cardinals offense, which ranks fifth in the league with 91 runs scored, was powered by third baseman David Freese, who had two hits and three RBI in the four run victory.
Jake Westbrook gets the call tonight as he shoots for his third win in four starts. Westbrook, who owns a 1.33 ERA, has been outstanding this season, allowing just 14 hits and three earned runs in 20 2/3 innings of work. The only fleck for the 11 year veteran thus far is a less than stellar strikeout to walk ratio as he has issued seven free passes to 10 K’s.
Milwaukee closed out a nine game home stand on Wednesday night with a 5-7 loss to the Astros. The setback dropped the Brewers record below the .500 mark again (9-10), but they still took the series 2-1.
Milwaukee will look to rebound from Wednesday’s loss and get its nine game road swing off to a good start with Yovani Gallardo on the mound. Gallardo looked awful in his first start, giving up seven hits and six earned runs in 3.2 innings, but has been excellent since. The 26 year old right-hander has yielded just 18 hits and four earned runs in three subsequent appearances (21 innings). Gallardo’s numbers opposite the Cardinals are not good, though; the Mexico native is 1-8 with a 6.17 ERA in 12 career appearances against St. Louis.
St. Louis, which took two out of three from the Brewers in Milwaukee earlier this season, has won eight of the last 10 games in this series.
MLB Point Spreads Betting Trend: The Brewers are 2-8 in their last 10 games as a road dog against an NL Central opponent with a total between 7.5 and 8 runs.
Milwaukee Brewers vs St. Louis Cardinals 2012 MLB Point Spreads: Provided by Bovada.lv
Milwaukee Brewers +1.5 (-215), Over 7.5 (+105), +112 (Moneyline)
St. Louis Cardinals -1.5 (+175), Under 7.5 (-125), -122 (Moneyline)