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Baseball odds preview - Milwaukee vs. St. Louis

Milwaukee BrewersSt. Louis Cardinals
May 17, 8:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Milwaukee Brewers vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Milwaukee duelling St. Louis on Friday at Busch Stadium.

Jamie Garcia gets the call for the St. Louis Cardinals and he will try to build on a 4-2 mark. In the other dugout, Wily Peralta brings a 3-3 ledger to the game for the Brewers as he tries to quiet the Cardinals bats.

View Milwaukee vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, St. Louis sat as -160 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 8, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 10-rated Brewers taking on the National League's No. 1-rated Cardinals in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits St. Louis' No. 4-rated National League offense, averaging 4.6 runs per game, against a Brewers defense that ranks No. 14 in the National League at 4.9 in runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have averaged 8.8 hits per game so far, less than Brewers batters have averaged on the year (8.9 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and St. Louis has the National League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Brewers own the National League's No. 14 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Milwaukee, they were a 7-1 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -151 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Brewers endured a 7-1 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Thursday, with Hiram Burgos throwing 5 innings of 8-hit ball at PNC Park.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 5-2 loser as they battled the Mets at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Mets at +215 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. St. Louis looks to rebound from a loss to the Mets, who beat them 5-2 on Thursday behind a start from Jonathon Niese at Busch Stadium.

Milwaukee Brewers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing St. Louis are 2-8
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After playing NY Mets are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2

A few Brewers at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 10 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Milwaukee
St. Louis is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
St. Louis is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
St. Louis is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Milwaukee

Next up:
Milwaukee at St. Louis, Saturday, May 18