The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee in game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday, which will be their second twinbill in the last three days against each other. The Brewers cut their deficit to just one game behind the Cardinals for second place in the National League Central Division with a convincing 18-3 win on Tuesday night. These two teams split their doubleheader on Monday, with both games going extra innings. Milwaukee won game one 2-1 in eight innings, while St. Louis won the second game by a score of 3-2 in nine innings.
The Brewers jumped on the Cardinals early and often on Tuesday, scoring 17 runs in the first five innings to run away with the win. The Brewers played home run derby, smacking four home runs in the game. Christian Yelich and Daniel Vogelbach each had three hits and a home run, while Keston Huira and Ryan Braun also went deep for the Brew Crew. Vogelbach and Huira both had four RBI in the win. For St. Louis, Tommy Edman had a pair of hits, while Paul Goldschmidt had a double and two RBI in the loss.
Cardinals trying to hold on to playoff spotIn this season’s new playoff format, the top two teams in each division automatically make the playoffs, and the St.Louis Cardinals are trying to hold on for dear life. As play begins on Wednesday, the Cardinals are just one-half game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds and one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers. This three-team race will probably go down to the final game of the season, as the Cardinals end the season with five games against the Brewers.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt was ejected in the fifth inning on Tuesday after getting into a shouting match with the Brewers dugout after catcher Yadier Molina was called for catcher’s interference.
“I go to check on him and make sure he's OK and hear something out of the (Brewers) dugout," Shildt said on espn.com. "We don't start things, but we're not going to take it. Heard something I didn't appreciate. I will always have our players' backs."
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 close to .500. Their pitchers are number one in the league in opponents batting average, while they are in the top ten in opponents OPS and runs given up per nine innings.
Adam Wainwright heads to the mound for game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday. He is having a typical Adam Wainwright season, going 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA in seven starts. Wainwright is coming off possibly his worst start of the season, which is still better than most pitcher’s good starts. He gave up three runs on a season-high eight hits in six innings against the Cincinnati Reds. Wainwright has pitched very well against the Brewers in his career. He is 17-10 with a 2.51 ERA in 35 starts.
Brewers look to tie Cardinals in the standingsThe Milwaukee Brewers can tie the Cardinals for second place in the NL Central with a win in game one of the doubleheader. With five more games versus the Cardinals, and three games against the third-place Cincinnati Reds, the Brewers have their playoff fate in their own hands as they head into the home stretch.
Avisail Garcia is batting .256 this season to lead the Brewers, who are batting just .226 this season. Huira is leading the team with 12 home runs and 30 RBI, while Yelich is next in both categories with 10 homers and 20 RBI. Milwaukee has hit 59 home runs as a team this season.
“Obviously it's been a struggle up there, to say the least," Yelich said on espn.com. "It's baseball. You're going to go through it. It's going to happen. Sometimes there's no explaining it. It's how the game works."
Brandon Woodruff gets the start for the Brewers in game one on Wednesday. He is 2-3 this season with a 3.40 ERA in 10 starts. He is coming off his best start of the season, a seven-inning, one-hit performance against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, in which tied his career-high with 12 strikeouts. In two career starts versus the Cardinals, Woodruff is 2-0 with a 3.37 ERA.
Trends found on oddsshark.com:
- The Brewers are 4-6 in their last 10 games overall
- The Brewers are 6-10 in their last 16 games played in September
- The Cardinals are 10-6 in their last 16 games versus Milwaukee
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The St. Louis Cardinals will hold on to second place in the National League Central, at least for one more day. Adam Wainwright is having another stellar season in 2020 with an ERA under 3.00. He has pitched even better against the Brewers in his career, post a 2.51 ERA and a .630 winning percentage. Milwaukee won big on Tuesday, but that was more of an aberration. Both games in Monday’s doubleheader were one-run games, and the Cardinals have won 10 of their last 16 games versus Milwaukee.
Full-Game Total Pick
Tuesday’s game notwithstanding, the Cardinals and Brewers have played a lot of low-scoring games recently. Five of the last eight games played between these two teams have gone under, including two of the three games in this series. Both starting pitchers have been pitching very well this season. Adam Wainwright is Adam Wainwright, and Brandon Woodruff is coming off one of his best starts of his career, tying his career-high in strikeouts with 12 and giving up just one hit. Both pitchers also have excellent numbers versus their opponent in this game, so expect another low-scoring game in this one.