In the rubber match of a three game series at Miller Park in Milwaukee – the St. Louis Cardinals will take on the Milwaukee Brewers. The visiting St. Louis Cardinals come into the game with a 2-3 record, all games on the road thus far in 2018. The Cardinals blew a 4-0 lead on Tuesday to snap their two game winning streak.
The Milwaukee Brewers are 4-1 on the season, and have the Chicago Cubs coming to town for the weekend. The Brewers used back to back homeruns from Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun to win the game on Tuesday. The St. Louis Cardinals are small favorites in this game over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals are listed at -115.
Brewers Looking to Stay Hot
The Milwaukee Brewers have played 5 games, and have scored 26 runs on the season. The offense have seen their new addition Christian Yelich tear the cover off the baseball to start the season. The centerfielder is hitting .435 on the season. Braun has struggled this season, but his 2 homeruns have been huge, with 6 runs batted in as well.
The Brewers will send Jhoulys Chacin to the mound in this game. The 30 year old right hander struggled in his first start against the Padres. Chacin has a career 3.95 earned run average and has a 59-67 career record. The Brewers rank 15th in Major League Baseball with a 3.94 earned run average.
Cardinals Looking for .500 Road Trip
The St. Louis Cardinals are heading home for six games, but before they do so, they would love to finish the road trip at .500. The Cardinals scored four early runs off homeruns in the loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. The Cardinals have seen Paul DeJong provide some early power with three homeruns on the season. In the loss, Marcell Ozuna hit his first homerun of the season.
Carlos Martinez will throw for the Cardinals in this game. He struggled in the loss to the Mets on Opening Day. Martinez is 0-1, with an 8.31 on the season. In his career, the 26 year old from the Dominican Republic is 46-33 with a 3.45 earned run average. The Cardinals have a team earned run average of 5.06.
Martinez Shines in Win
Carlos Martinez has the ability to be a shut down starting pitcher. He has lacked the ability to focus and slam the door through the early part of his career. This is a big early game for the Cardinals with a chance to finish .500 on the opening road trip. The Brewers are a streaky team, and a strikeout pitcher like Martinez can slow them down. Look for Martinez to get the job done in a St. Louis win. The Cardinals beat the Brewers and win 2 out of 3 in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
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