The Milwaukee Brewers were among the biggest surprises for the 2017 season. Most delightful of all was their huge profit margin. The Brew Crew remained a great secret that most gamblers failed to discover. But could Milwaukee sustain success and black ink two years in a row? So far, the answer seems to be in the affirmative. The Crew won their first three baseball betting games to start the season. The St. Louis Cardinals have seemed like an underachiever the past two seasons. A sluggish start has done little to erase doubts.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 7:40 p.m. ET
Location: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Baseball Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Cardinals||-1½ (+140)||9 (-115)|
|Brewers||+1½ (-160)||9 (-105)|
Cardinals vs. Brewers TV Coverage: FS1
Right hander Carlos Martinez will get the start for St. Louis. Righty Jhoulys Chacin will take the hill for Milwaukee. In his first start of the season Martinez was shelled. In just 4.1 innings he allowed four hits, six walks and four earned runs. Last year he was 12-11 with a 3.64 earned run average. Chacin also had a bad first start. He allowed seven hits, two walks and four earned runs in 3.1 innings. Last year for the Padres he was 13-10 with a 3.89 earned run average.
Important Names in St. Louis
Yadier Molina is off to a hot start for the Cards. The eight time All Star has long been an asset for baseball betting games. Molina cracked two home runs in the opening weekend of the season. He posted an OPS of 1.218. Shortstop Paul DeJong also went yard twice to begin the season with an OPS of 1.326. The 24-year-old DeJong emerged as one of the top young players in the game last year. He hit .285 with 26 doubles and 25 home runs for the Redbirds in 2017.
Lorenzo Cain got off to a hot start for Milwaukee. He arrived in the offseason after seven years in Kansas City. Cain clobbered three doubles with three runs on opening weekend. He also added three runs batted in.
Know Your Facts
Mike Matheny enters a critical season as Cardinals manager. He led St. Louis to the playoffs in his first four seasons. However, the past two years they have been out of the money. Criticism has mounted about Matheny’s handling of the pitching staff. Some also consider him too soft with the players. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsel is a local hero. He grew up in the area and played for the Crew. Since taking over in 2015 Counsell has methodically improved the team.
Team vs. Team
The Brewers have had the recent sportsbook edge in their series with St. Louis. Milwaukee has gotten the money in eight of their last 11 games vs. the Cardinals. At Miller Park the Brewers have won three of their last five against the Redbirds.
Matchup to Watch
It’s becoming more apparent that the Brewers are legit. While the Chicago Cubs are the NL Central chalk Milwaukee is a true contender. St. Louis remains a questionable commodity. Betting value could remain a problem for baseball betting games on the Redbirds. Few teams are more “public” than the Cardinals.
Cardinals vs. Brewers MLB Betting Odds Picks
Milwaukee is in better form and gets the call!
Baseball Betting Online Pick: Milwaukee Brewers
Baseball betting Online Prediction: Brewers 5, Cardinals 2