As I’m writing this write-up for Saturday, the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics are playing into the 9th with the score tied up at 0. Normally I would be cashing my ticket and celebrating the victory, but I am not doing that until the game is an official final score. Two years ago I had a similar bet on the UNDER between the White Sox and Mariners with it 0-0 going into extra innings. A grand slam and a few runs later the bet was a loser. That isn’t normal at all, something that is 1 in a million, so I still feel confident that we’ll be cashing our UNDER 7 wager in shortly.
Unbelievable, and soon as I say that I look down at my phone and it is 5-2. So at the very best all we can hope for is a push on that bet. Can you believe that? Happening to me not once, but twice. Alright lets move on to Saturday and not even look at what is going to transpire the rest of the way in that game. Today we handicap the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. Two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum. On one side are the Cardinals, who are looking to yet again make a run for the World Series. Conversely, the Milwaukee Brewers may be the worst team in the league. The Brewers are undergoing a major rebuilding period, which probably started after Ryan Braun got suspended last season. Braun has been with the Brewers physically this year, but he hasn’t come around to form as of today. He just hit his first homer of the season recently, but at .259 and only 4 RBIs, he isn’t with the Brewers mentally all that much. Gee and look at that, 5-4 is a final score in Oakland. Now back to Saturday.
St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
Adam Wainwright (2-1, 1.71 ERA) vs. Wily Peralta (0-2, 5.68 ERA)
While Michael Wacha is quickly becoming one of the best pitchers in the majors, this team is still Adam Wainwright’s. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have two guys of their quality on the pitching staff. Thus, it is pretty easy to see why the Cardinals are threats once again in 2015 to go all the way. The 1-2 punch of Wainwright and Wacha provides the Cards with plenty to be excited about. Overall as a team the Cardinals have been playing great baseball. They are currently 11-4 on the season and have won three straight games and are 8-2 in their last ten games. The Cards look for four in a row tonight behind Wainwright. Wainwright has been strong, yielding a 1.71 ERA over 21 innings pitched. It is just the type of stuff you come to expect from him at this point. Anything less and people are screaming injury. The Brewers have been lost at the plate to start the year off. As a team the Brew Crew are batting only .212 in total.
Note that in the Brewers last ten games they’ve averaged only 2.5 runs scored per game. There was a 10 run game in there, which skewed that number a little higher as well. I fail to see how Wainwright doesn’t make fools out of this lineup. The Brewers shouldn’t get much help in the pitching department, and may not be able to get this into a pitchers duel with Wily Peralta going opposite Wainwright. Peralta has been wild in his first three starts of the year, posting a 5.68 ERA with 1.53 WHIP. The Cardinals offense has been producing, so they should be able to help Wainwright get a comfortable lead. I think it should be a comfortable win for the Cardinals, and see them being able to do it by more than a run. I was surprised the price wasn’t higher in favor of the Cards. Even with Molina out I don’t get it. I’ll lock them in at -1.5 for Saturday night.
PICK: CARDINALS -1.5 (+107)