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Christian Yelich and the slumping Milwaukee Brewers will face off against their divisional rival St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in a Wednesday matinee. Fox Sports Midwest will broadcast the matchup. The first pitch will be at 1:15 p.m. ET.

Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals Odds

Sportsbooks have Milwaukee (+110) as the underdog to St. Louis (-120). You can play game’s total with current odds listed at -110 for over 9 runs and -110 for under 9. There’s a runline of Brewers +1.5 (-190) and Cardinals -1.5 (+165) for this matchup.

The Cardinals are 14-9 straight up (SU) and 14-8 against the spread (ATS). The team’s gained 3.2 units for moneyline bettors and 5.7 units ATS. St. Louis has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Brewers are 13-12 SU and have gone 10-14 ATS. Overall, the team’s gained 1.6 units for moneyline bettors through the early portions of the season, but have lost 4.5 units ATS. Milwaukee is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

St. Louis games have had an over/under record of 14-6-2 so far in 2019. The Brewers have an over/under record of 10-13-1.

Jhoulys Chacin is getting the nod for the visiting Brewers. The right-handed Chacin is 2-2 with a 5.92 ERA and 22 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 5.06 ERA against St. Louis this year.

The Cardinals are sending righty Adam Wainwright (1-2, 4.74 ERA) to the mound. Wainwright has 19 strikeouts and nine walks as well as a WHIP of 1.53. Wainwright hasn’t faced the Brewers yet this year and only made one start against them in 2018 (0-1, 3.86 ERA and four strikeouts across seven innings).

Milwaukee’s pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.74 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 9.34 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.84, along with a K/9 of 9.12.

Brewers hitters have slashed .246/.327/.468 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.5 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Milwaukee’s offensive production has been sparked by outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, who have combined to launch 16 home runs. Yelich is hitting .330/.441/.802 with 13 home runs, 31 RBIs and 23 runs scored, while Cain has a .274 average with three homers, six RBIs and 17 runs scored.

For the home team, St. Louis’ pitchers have given up 4.4 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have a 4.97 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.38 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 9.9 K/9. In 13 games against NL Central foes, Cardinals starters have an ERA of 6.14 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.88.

The St. Louis hitters are putting up 5.7 runs per contest, including 5.8 per game against divisional foes and 7.4 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .326/.401/.503 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Paul DeJong and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have led the Cardinals’ offense so far. DeJong is hitting .337/.394/.632 with five home runs, 12 RBIs and 21 runs scored, and Goldschmidt’s line is .269/.358/.581 with nine homers, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

The Brewers have lost 0.1 units and are 5-12 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in six of those games, compared to 10 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Cardinals have netted 4.5 units and are 12-6 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 13 of those games, compared to four that’ve cashed the under.

Brewers at Cardinals Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Brewers, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • Milwaukee has recorded 17 extra-base hits over its last five games. St. Louis has 19 XBH over its last five.
  • The Brewers have lost six of their last seven games SU.
  • Milwaukee fielders have zero errors over the last 10 games, compared to six errors for St. Louis over its last 10.
  • The Brewers have hit 23 home runs in their last 10 games, including 14 over their last five.
  • The Brewers have an OPS of .795 this season and an OPS of .780 against right-handed pitchers. The Cardinals’ OPS stands at .821 overall and .849 against righties.