The St. Louis Cardinals (2-3) are set to play their third game of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers (3-3). Their match is scheduled for Sunday night, with a start time of 5:40 pm. It’ll be the second part of a doubleheader for the teams, and the makeup of a game originally scheduled for Friday. The match was postponed due to a pair of Cardinals players testing positive for Covid-19. These teams both reside in the NL Central division and are right next to each other in the standings. The Cardinals sit at the third position in the division, with the Brewers right in front of them in the second spot. These teams haven’t faced off since September of last year. In that game, the Brewers squeaked out a 7-6 victory over the Cards. All and all, the 2019 regular-season series between these teams ended 10-9 in St. Louis’ favor.
(edit: This game was postponed along with the first game of the doubleheader)
Cardinals Shaken After Covid TestsThe worry had been on everyone’s mind since the Miami Marlins’ outbreak. What to do if more players test positive, especially on teams that have had no contact with the Marlins. Even more than before, the MLB is going to have to seriously consider their return to play plan, and if they’re going to halt the season or not to figure that out. As of now, only one game has been impacted by the Cardinals’ positive tests. What was meant to be the home opener for the Brewers was postponed for two days, moving the home opener date to Saturday instead. Saturday will be the first game that these teams play against each other, and it will be interesting to see how the positive test results affect play on either side of the field.
The Cards have been on a rather unfortunate losing streak as of late. After a strong start to their season, they started slipping at the end of their series with the Pirates and completely dropped their games against the Twins. At the time of writing, the team is on a three-game losing streak that they’ll need to turn around soon if they want to remain in the top three of their division. The team has only scored four runs in their past three games. Their most recent loss was on Wednesday. The team didn’t manage a single run in their final outing against the Twins. The final score was 3-0, with the Twins scoring one run in the first inning, then two more in the fourth. Daniel Ponce de Leon was on the mound for all three of Minnesota's runs. Out of the 3.2 innings that he pitched, he had an ERA of 6.75. Given that de Leon is going to be filling in for the injured Miles Mikolas for the rest of the season, he’ll need to tighten up his game to give his team a chance at success.
Brewers Prepare For Home OpenerThe Brewers and the Cardinals have a recent opponent in common, and they ended up with identical records against them. Prior to their matchup with the Cardinals, the Brewers played a three-game series against the Pirates as well. And, much like the Cards, the Brewers ended up winning two out of three of those games. While Milwaukee is technically above St. Louis in the rankings, that isn’t due to them having a better record, exactly. They do have one more win on the books, but they’ve also played more games than the Cardinals. Before going into their series, the Brewers have played six regular-season games, and have split their wins and losses down the middle. The team certainly isn’t doing poorly, and they’re far from the worst in their division, them sitting above the Cards in the rankings isn’t exactly an indicator of coming victory.
In their final game against the Pirates, the Brewers did pull off an impressive 3-0 victory. It was the first time in the season that Milwaukee has kept their opponent from scoring a single run, though they were on the opposite side of that equation in their season opener against the Cubs. It was an impressive game for the team, as they not only kept the Pirates from scoring, but they also held them to a single hit. This was largely due to the work of pitcher Brandon Woodruff. Woodruff struck out ten of the Pirates’ batters in his time on the mound. He pitched 6.1 innings and had an ERA of 1.59. The lone hit of the game was achieved under his watch, though it didn’t convert into anything. Backing up his impressive defensive effort was three runs scored by his team. These runs were scored by Avisail Garcia, Keston Hiura, and Ben Gamel.
- The Brewers were 49-32-0 when playing at home during the 2019 season.
- The Brewers were 45-31-0 in division games during the 2019 season.
- The Cardinals were 42-42-0 when playing on the road during the 2019 season.
- The Cardinals were 85-66-0 in league games during the 2019 season.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Brewers will be facing down an incredibly frazzled Cardinals team. The Cards will be on day three of tests and worrying about the Covid outbreak within their team, and even the best of players would struggle to find their focus under those circumstances. These teams have shown themselves to be fairly equal in hustle and skill so far in the season, so the fact that St. Louis’ players will be under such a great mental strain is what tips the game over into Milwaukee’s favor. Beyond that, the Cards were on an unfortunate losing streak even before the positive tests came in, while the Brewers are coming off of an impressive win over a team that started off St. Louis’ slide.
Prediction: Milwaukee Brewers
Full-Game Total Pick
So far, these teams have both had a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to their over/under results. For the Cardinals, they’ve had three of their five games go under while the Brewers have seen three of their six games going under. Purely looking at numbers, that has the scales tipping ever so slightly into these teams trending towards playing under. The Cards’ recent offensive struggles also come into play here. As mentioned before, across their past three games the team has only managed to score four runs, and in their most recent outing, they failed to score at all. That, combined with the unexpected and sudden halt in their season, means they likely won’t be contributing much to the score. Unless the Brewers start pulling a lot of weight on the scoreboard, the game will go under.