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Brewers’ Wild-Card Hopes On Life-Support

The Milwaukee Brewers are still mathematically alive in the chase for the final National League wild-card spot but times are desperate. The Brew Crew are two games behind the Colorado Rockies with just three games left to play. On the plus side, the Brewers’ final regular-season series is against the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that has gone 1-5 in its past six and was eliminated from the playoffs last night.

Shark Bites
  • The Brewers are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games against the Cardinals.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the Cardinals’ last 11 games at home.
  • The Cardinals are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games when opening a series.

Chase Anderson takes the bump for the Brewers on Friday. There is an argument to be made that Anderson has been the Brewers’ best pitcher during the second half of the season, as the righty is 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in eight starts since the Midsummer Classic. Anderson has faced the Cardinals three times this season, allowing seven earned runs in 16.2 innings.

The Cardinals will turn to John Gant for just the second start of his young career. The 25-year-old went 3.0 innings and allowed one run against the Pirates in his first start last Sunday. Most fans probably know Gant for his odd delivery but he throws a low-90s fastball that is complemented by a solid curve and change-up.

Milwaukee Brewers vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Cardinals sport a record of 82-77 heading into this matchup, while the Milwaukee Brewers sit at 84-75 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Milwaukee injuries news.

The Odds-Shark MLB Power Rankings have the St. Louis Cardinals at No. 16 and the Milwaukee Brewers at No. 10 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and St. Louis has baseball's No. 13-rated offensive output, at 8.7 hits per game. The Milwaukee Brewers average 8.38 hits per game, good for No. 22 on the list.

St. Louis owns the No. 9 defense, allowing 4.72 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Milwaukee's No. 7-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Milwaukee got the job done in their last match in a 4-3 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday at Miller Park behind starter Brent Suter.

St. Louis lost a tight one on Thursday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 2-1 score against Chicago at New Busch Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 7 games
  • Milwaukee is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Milwaukee is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

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Milwaukee at St. Louis, Saturday, September 30