The MLB is set up with a total of nine games on the board for Monday night. One of the best matchups set for August 19 will be between the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals. These two teams are right in the mix for the top spot in the NL Central, which should lead to an exciting series. This game will start at around 7:45 PM Eastern time on Monday night.
The Brewers are currently in third place of the NL Central with a record of 64-60. Milwaukee is two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs for the top spot in the division. The Brewers have lost four of their last six games, including a loss on Sunday. Milwaukee will look to finish out this short road trip strong with a series win against the Cardinals.
St. Louis is tied with the Chicago Cubs for the top spot in the NL Central this season. The Cardinals have put up a record of 65-57 to this point in the season. St. Louis has won seven of their last nine games and will look to continue this hot streak as they try and create some distance in the top spot. The Cardinals will look to start this homestand strong with a win on Monday night.
The NL Central race is the tightest in the MLB this season with three teams battling it out for the lead. The Brewers and the Cardinals both need some big wins here in this series, which should help amp up the intensity in Monday night’s matchup. I expect both teams to come out strong as they look to knock off their division rival in the first game of this three-game series.
These two teams met up in a four-game series to start off this season in Milwaukee. Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer in the first game to help lead the Brewers to a 5-4 win. Paul Goldschmidt had three home runs in the second game to help the Cardinals bounce back with a 9-5 win. Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas both had home runs in the third inning of the third game as Milwaukee won 4-2. Christian Yelich hit a walk-off double in the final game of the series to give the Brewers a 5-4 win.
The second series of the season was in Milwaukee again on April 15-17. Christian Yelich had two three-run homers for the Brewers as they took the first game 10-7. Yelich then came out in the second game and hit another three-run home run to help power Milwaukee to an 8-4 win. Michael Wacha allowed only five hits and two runs through six innings as the Cardinals bounced back in the third game with a 6-3 victory.
The third and most recent series shifted to St. Louis on April 22-24. The Cardinals rode a seven-run seventh inning to a 13-5 win in the first game of this series. Paul DeJong hit the go-ahead home run in the second game as St. Louis won 4-3. Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer in the third game as Adam Wainwright pitched six innings and only allowed four hits and one run. The Cardinals swept the series with a 5-2 win.
The Brewers and the Cardinals have gone 5-5 against each other so far this season. These two teams have not met up since late April though and a lot has changed for both teams since then. These two teams still played a lot of close games early in the season and I would not expect anything different on Monday night’s outing.
Christian Yelich has continued to lead this Brewers team this season. Yelich has earned 141 hits, 41 home runs, 89 RBI’s and an OPS of 1.121 this season. Mike Moustakas has put up 119 hits, 30 home runs and 71 RBI’s. Lorenzo Cain has 113 hits and 40 RBI’s, while Ryan Braun has 106 hits and 18 homers. Yasmani Grandal has 99 hits, 20 home runs and 61 RBI’s. Orlando Arcia, Eric Thames, and Keston Hiura all have double-digit home runs as well.
Paul Goldschmidt has had a strong season so far, putting up 119 hits, 28 home runs and 68 RBI’s. Paul DeJong has earned 110 hits, 21 homers and 56 RBI’s. Kolten Wong has 104 hits and 44 RBI’s with 9 home runs. Marcell Ozuna has 88 hits, 22 home runs and 67 RBI’s, while Dexter Fowler has earned 87 hits and 14 homers. Matt Carpenter has 71 hits and 11 homers.
St. Louis has a solid hitting lineup, but they are not quite on the level of the Brewers. Milwaukee has one of the best hitters in Yelich and has a multitude of other players that can go off on you. The Cardinals have a solid lineup, but they will need their pitcher to step up to try and slow down the Brewers offense on Monday night.
Zach Davies will start on the mound for Milwaukee on Monday night. Davies has an 8-5 record through his 23 starts this season. He has an ERA of 3.74 and a WHIP of 1.394. Davies last start came against the Chicago Cubs on August 2, where he allowed seven hits and four runs through four innings. His last three starts have been tough ones, but he will look to bounce back against St. Louis.
Dakota Hudson will start for the Cardinals in Monday’s tilt. Hudson has earned a 3.82 ERA and a WHIP of 1.555 through 25 games this season. In those 25 games, he has put up a record of 11-6 for St. Louis. Hudson’s last start came against the Kansas City Royals, where he allowed five hits and no runs through six innings.
These two pitchers match up pretty well with each other. Hudson has an overall better record and has played much better as of late, but Davies has the better ERA and WHIP. Davies has had three rough starts in a row, but I would watch for him to finally break out of this small slump with this big divisional game on the line.
The Brewers and the Cardinals have gone 5-5 against each other this season, but St. Louis is 3-0 at home against Milwaukee. I believe that the Brewers have a good opportunity to earn their first win in St. Louis on Monday night. Milwaukee has a strong hitting lineup and I believe with the extra days of rest for Davies, he will come out strong on Monday.
BetOnline has St. Louis listed as a -128 against the money line. This implies that the Cardinals will win this game around 56.1 percent of the time. I believe that an important divisional game such as this one should be closer to even. Both teams need a win in this series, and I expect them both to play well. I like the Brewers as underdogs in the first game of the series, making them my pick of the night.