The Milwaukee Brewers host the St. Louis Cardinals in game two of their doubleheader on Wednesday evening. This will be the fifth game of their five-game series over three days. Milwaukee won two of the first three games of the series, winning game one of the doubleheader on Monday by a score of 2-1 in eight innings, and winning an 18-3 decision on Tuesday. The Cardinals lone win of the series came in game two on Monday, a 3-2 triumph in nine innings. These same two teams will meet for five more games to close out the season.
Cardinals lose more than just a game on TuesdayNot only did the St.Louis Cardinals get humiliated by the Brewers on Tuesday, but they may be without a couple of key members of their starting lineup for the near future. Second baseman Kolten Wong missed just his second game of the season, as he was scratched right before game time with left side discomfort. Then during the game, Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina injured his left hand, and he was getting x-rays on it after the game. Both players are listed as day-to-day. Relief pitcher John Gant is also listed as day-to-day with right groin discomfort.
The Cardinals are in the midst of a road trip that extends through September 23, which is the date when Major League Baseball has set for teams to begin quarantining in preparation for the postseason.
“We’ve gotten this far, and one of the reasons we play is for the playoffs,” manager Mike Shildt said on stltoday.com. “So, let’s make sure it’s not compromised for anybody.”
Paul Goldschmidt continues to lead the Cardinals in batting with a .314 batting average, while he and Brad Miller have both hit six home runs apiece to top the team. St. Louis is in the bottom half of the majors in most offensive categories this season, however, their pitching is what has kept them around .500. Their pitchers are second in the league in opponents batting average (.215), while they are in the top ten in opponents OPS (.689) and runs given up per nine innings (4.50).
St. Louis has not officially named a starter for game two yet, but all indications are that it may be rookie Johan Oviedo. He has been on the IL since September 7 after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Assuming he passes his COVID test on Wednesday, he should be cleared and activated to start game two. Oviedo is 0-2 this season with a 4.66 ERA in just four starts this season. In his last outing on September 7 against the Chicago Cubs, he gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. He has just 11 strikeouts in 19.1 innings this season.
Brewers look to keep climbing NL Central standingsThe Milwaukee Brewers are currently in a three-way dog fight for the second automatic bid in the National League Central Division. Entering play on Wednesday, the Brewers were one-half game behind the third-place Cincinnati Reds and just one game behind the Cardinals for second place. If the Brewers can get a win in game one, they could overtake the Cardinals for second place on Wednesday.
With the Brewers still fighting for a playoff spot, manager Craig Counsell voiced his displeasure over the new playoff format, in which there will be no days off in the first three rounds.
"I understand that's how we have to do it,“ Counsell said on espn.com, “but that is a significant change in the rules for the postseason, a very significant change in the rules for postseason. It affects how your roster's made up, without a doubt, and it will affect, definitely, pitching strategy -- not so much the first round, but after the first round."
Avisail Garcia is batting .256 this season to lead the Brewers, who are batting just .226 this season. Keston Huira is leading the team with 12 home runs and 30 RBI, while Christian Yelich is next in both categories with 10 homers and 20 RBI. Milwaukee has hit 59 home runs as a team this season.
Brent Suter is slated to take the ball in game two for Milwaukee on Wednesday. He has been used mainly out of the bullpen this season for the Brewers. This will be his 14th appearance, and third start of the season. He has pitched pretty well, going. 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA. In his two starts, Suter has pitched a total of six innings, giving up just two runs on two hits and striking out nine batters.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Milwaukee Brewers, who won two of the first three games of the series, will gain the series victory with a win in game two of their doubleheader on Wednesday. Brent Suter has pitched pretty well this season overall, and he has been even better as a starter, giving up just two hits with an ERA of 3.00 as a starter. Oviedo has not pitched well this season, posting an ERA nearing 5.00. He hasn’t pitched in 10 days, and he hasn’t made it past the fifth inning in any of his four starts this season. Oviedo hasn’t gotten much run support this season, as the Cardinals have lost all four of his starts and have scored a total of six runs in those games.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Milwaukee Brewers have scored at least 18 runs in two of their last seven games, but in the five games in between they have scored a total of seven runs. In fact, they have scored just 14 runs in their last eight games, excluding the two big run-scoring games. The low-scoring Brewers are more of the norm, so don’t expect another big output on back-to-back days. The Cardinals have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball, especially their bullpen, so if the Brewers get to Oviedo early, the ‘pen will shut them down. St. Louis has scored just seven runs in the first three games of the series. This will be another low-scoring game, so take the under.