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Brewers Looking To Distance Themselves From Cardinals

The NL Central is still very much up in the air with the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals all within five games of one another. That means that however brief, the Brewers-Cardinals two-game set that opens Tuesday could be vital in the long run. The Brew Crew have held the edge over the Cards recently, winning five of the past six meetings this season.

Shark Bites
  • Dexter Fowler is 3-for-17 with 5 K’s in his career against Matt Garza.
  • The Cardinals are 32-13 SU in their last 45 games on the road against the Brewers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the Brewers’ last 12 games when opening a series.

Rookie Luke Weaver will make his second straight start in place of an injured Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals. The 24-year-old was electric in his last outing, pitching seven innings of no-run baseball while tallying 10 strikeouts and one walk. Weaver has performed well when forced into starting duty for the big club with a 2.95 ERA in three starts on the year.

The Brew Crew will counter with experience, as they start 11-year veteran Matt Garza. The righty looked good in his most recent start but has struggled overall during the month of August with a 7.61 ERA in five outings. Garza pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just one run in his most recent start against the Cards on August 4.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Milwaukee Brewers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Milwaukee (68-63) will face the 65-65 Cardinals in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Milwaukee vs St. Louis injuries news.

The Milwaukee Brewers sit at No. 19 in the current MLB power poll here at OddsShark, while the St. Louis Cardinals sit at No. 11 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Milwaukee has baseball's No. 19-rated offensive output, at 8.44 hits per game. The St. Louis Cardinals average 8.85 hits per game, good for No. 11 on the list.

Milwaukee owns the No. 11 defense, allowing 4.55 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with St. Louis's No. 10-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cardinals got to extra innings, but lost when they got there against Tampa Bay on Sunday; it was a 3-2 final at New Busch Stadium.

Milwaukee got the job done in their last match in a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday at Dodger Stadium behind starter Jimmy Nelson.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • St. Louis is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of St. Louis's last 20 games
  • St. Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Milwaukee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Milwaukee is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games
  • Milwaukee is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis at Milwaukee, Wednesday, August 30