The MLB is set up with a quieter day of action on Monday night. Eight games are set to kick off on August 26. One of the top matchups on the board will be between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers. These two teams are competing for NL Central title, which should be a solid game. This game will start at around 7:05 PM Eastern time.
St. Louis has earned a record of 71-58 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in first place of the NL Central. The Cardinals have been red hot as of late, winning four games in a row and thirteen of their last sixteen games. St. Louis will look to further their lead in the division with another win against their division rival on Monday night.
The Brewers have put up a record of 67-63 so far this season, which has them in third place of the NL Central. Milwaukee is two games behind the Chicago Cubs and four and a half games behind the Cardinals. The Brewers have won three of their last four games. Milwaukee will look to get closer to a playoff position with a win in front of their home fans.
The Cardinals and the Brewers have both been solid this season, but they are both in a tight race with the Cubs for the division. This makes every game count a little bit more and all division games very important. This should lead to a real exciting game on Monday night.
These two teams opened up the season against each other in Milwaukee. The Brewers took the first game 5-4, but St. Louis bounced back with a 9-5 win in the second game of the series. Milwaukee won the third game 4-2 and hit a walk-off double to win 5-4 in the final game. The second series was also in Milwaukee. The Brewers won the first two games 10-7 and 8-4, while the Cardinals won the last game 6-3.
The third and fourth series shifted to St. Louis. The Cardinals swept the third series with wins of 13-5, 4-3 and 5-2. The fourth series was last week. St. Louis rode a strong performance from Dakota Hudson to a victory in the first matchup. Hudson allowed no hits and no runs through six and two-thirds innings as the Cardinals won 3-0. St. Louis won the second game 9-4, while the Brewers won the final game 5-3.
St. Louis has put up a record of 7-6 through 13 games against the Brewers. Milwaukee dominated the series early in the season when they were at home, but have struggled as the Cardinals have gotten stronger throughout the season. The Brewers need a solid finish to this season and a win in this series would go a long way in that regard.
Paul Goldschmidt has put up a strong season so far, earning 127 hits, 29 homers and 71 RBI’s. Paul DeJong has put up 116 hits, 23 home runs and 61 RBI’s. Kolten Wong has 108 hits and 48 RBI’s. Marcell Ozuna has 98 hits, 24 homers and 74 RBI’s on the season. Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter have double-digit home runs on the season as well.
Christian Yelich is once again having a great season. Yelich has 146 hits, 41 home runs, 89 RBI’s and an OPS of 1.102. Mike Moustakas has 122 hits, 31 homers and 76 RBI’s on the season. Lorenzo Cain has 119 hits and 40 RBI’s. Ryan Braun has earned 113 hits, 18 homers and 57 RBI’s, while Yasmani Grandal has put up 104 hits, 20 home runs and 61 RBI’s. Orlando Arcia, Eric Thames, and Keston Hiura all have double-digit homers on the season.
These two teams have solid hitting lineups throughout. Yelich has put up an MVP caliber season, while the top of St. Louis’ lineup has been dangerous as well. I believe that the Brewers have a slight edge on the hitting side, but if the Cardinals can put up a strong performance on Monday night, it could go either way.
The Cardinals will have Adam Wainwright start on the mound for Monday’s matchup. Wainwright has earned a 9-9 record through 24 starts this season. He has an ERA of 4.51 and a WHIP of 1.435 in those starts. Wainwright’s last start came against the Brewers. He allowed eight hits and five runs through five innings in route to a loss.
Gio Gonzalez will get the start for Milwaukee in tonight’s game. Gonzalez has a 2-1 record through his 12 starts this season. He has an ERA of 3.64 and a 1.254 WHIP. Gonzalez’s last start came against St. Louis. He allowed three hits and one run through five innings in a no decision start.
Gonzalez has put up a better stat line this season, but he has played in half the games that Wainwright has. Wainwright lost to the Brewers in his last start, but he has gone 1-1 against Milwaukee throughout this season. I believe that Wainwright will come out strong against the Brewers this time around after his poor start in the last game. Gonzalez will look to put up a similar start as his last start against St. Louis.
St. Louis has put up the better record this season and they have the top spot in the division. The Brewers are two games out of the wild card spot and could really use a win in this series at home. The Cardinals have dominated the last two series against Milwaukee, and I believe they will start this series with a win. St. Louis has a strong hitting lineup and I like Wainwright to bounce back after his last start.
BetOnline has the Brewers listed as a -130 against the money line in this game. This implies that Milwaukee will win this game around 56.5 percent of the time. I believe that this game should be closer to even. The Cardinals have played really well against the Brewers recently and I like their chances to earn the first win in this series.