These are must-win games for Milwaukee, now in a significant slump. They have fallen far behind in the NL Wild Card race, with Christian Yelich’s strong play not being enough to save them from all these defeats. It has been a struggle for them throughout the season, and they now find themselves a few games out of a postseason spot. There is some serious work that needs to be done with this team, especially considering their only reliable reliever is constantly overworked.
St. Louis, on the other hand, is living the good life. The Cardinals have been hot of late, and the hot streak they have gone on has separated them from the rest of the pack. They look like at this rate they will end up being champs in the division. This is a team that a month ago looked as mediocre as any, unable to get any more than a few games over .500. Now they are 10 games over and looking to keep things rolling. With wins in the first two games of this series, they have stayed hot.
The moneyline for the Brewers is set at -102, while it is at -112 for the Cardinals. The over/under is set at 8.5 runs.
Brewers In Desperate Need Of Wins
With all of the games they have been losing of late, they are starting to fall farther out of the playoff race. They are not finished by any means, but they are in some serious trouble right now. Per Baseball-Reference, they have an 18.4 percent chance of qualifying for the playoffs. That isn’t great, but it also isn’t too bad. Not having Corey Knebel has been the real killer this year, as it has put all of the pressure on Josh Hader in the bullpen, having to constantly go multiple innings and look to finish way too many games. Yelich’s 41 HRs, 89 RBI, and .334 average do not necessarily equal wins.
Adrian Houser will make his 11th start (27th appearance) of the season in the series finale. The 26-year-old has posted a 5-5 record with a 3.76 ERA in 76 2/3 innings of work, striking out 79 batters while walking 26.
Cardinals Try To Stay Hot
The Cardinals have played great baseball over the past few weeks to move to 10 games over .500. Their division has been shaky, with this late run putting them into first place. The hot-hitting of Paul Goldschmidt helped to bring the team back to relevancy, while their pitching has improved drastically, guys just getting going at the perfect time of the year. These Cardinals should not be slept on much longer.
They will turn to 37-year-old Adam Wainwright for his 24th start of the season. He has posted a 9-8 record with a 4.33 ERA in 126 2/3 innings of work, striking out 124 batters while walking 50.
Cardinals Down Milwaukee Again
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