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Brew Crew Just Can’t Close Out A Series

The Milwaukee Brewers remain second in the NL Central but that might not be the case much longer if they can’t start closing out their series. The Brew Crew have gone 0-5 SU and against the runline in their past five series-closing games. Can the Brewers hold on to second place in the NL Central and reverse their recent history by beating the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday?

SHARK BITES
  • The Brewers have not won a series against the Cardinals since 2010.
  • The Cardinals are 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on the road against the Brewers.
  • The Cardinals are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games with Michael Wacha as the starting pitcher.

Matt Garza is expected to return to the rotation after a short stint on the DL due to a leg strain. The 11-year veteran was impeccable before heading to the DL with a 1.65 ERA in his three starts during the month of July. Garza has faced the Cardinals once this season, allowing five hits and four runs in 5.0 innings.

The Cardinals will send Michael Wacha to the bump with the hopes that the righty can continue his torrid pace. Wacha has a 1.86 ERA with a 42/6 K/BB ratio in his past six starts, including three in which he held the opposition scoreless. However, Wacha will need to overcome some demons because the Cards pitcher has a 7.20 ERA in two starts against the Brewers this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Milwaukee Brewers were listed as 111 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total line around 8.5 earlier at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.3-2.5 win for the Cardinals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Milwaukee Brewers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

56-53 Milwaukee battles the Cardinals, currently with a 53-54 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Milwaukee vs St. Louis injuries news.

The Milwaukee Brewers vs St. Louis Cardinals odds would favor the Cardinals if the betting lines were set according to our power rankings. Milwaukee is rated No. 20 in the current OddsShark poll, while St. Louis is at No. 3.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Milwaukee Brewers and its No. 15-rated batting order, averaging 4.72 runs per nine innings, against the No. 21 lineup of the St. Louis Cardinals at 4.45 runs per outing.

St. Louis brings the No. 6-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Brewers's No. 12-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

St. Louis looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Brewers, a 5-4 final on Wednesday in support of Luke Weaver at Miller Park.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Milwaukee is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Milwaukee is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games
  • Milwaukee is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis at Cincinnati, Friday, August 4
Milwaukee at Tampa Bay, Friday, August 4

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