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Cardinals Host Brewers in Playoff Important Series

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Brewers Magic Number is 3 Over Cardinals

The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals will meet this Tuesday at Busch Stadium for the first of three important games. Only six games remain in the regular season. Both teams find themselves in a dual with the Colorado Rockies for NL Wildcard positions.

Just two games separate the Brewers and Cards. The Rockies trail by 1/2 game for the final Wildcard spot. Wins will be critical if both clubs hope to maintain playoff positions late in the season.

The Brewers can take a huge step toward clinching a wild-card berth on Tuesday.  Milwaukee lowered its magic number to clinch a postseason spot to three following Monday’s 6-4 victory over St. Louis. They also remain within striking distance of winning the National League Central

TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, FS Wisconsin, Dish455 (Milwaukee), FS Midwest (St. Louis)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers LH Gio Gonzalez (9-11, 4.28 ERA) vs. Cardinals LH Austin Gomber (6-1, 3.63)

Odds: The Cardinals are -114-moneyline favorites. The total is 8.5 Under -125.

Brewers Go With Lefty to Try to Contain Cardinals

Milwaukee will send recent acquisition Gio Gonzalez to the mound to face St. Louis. The veteran lefty is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in three starts since being acquired at the August 31 trade. He came over from the Washington Nationals.

Games like Tuesday’s are why the Brewers traded for Gonzalez. and They’ll lean on him heavily against the Cards’ eighth-best offense.

Milwaukee reached the 90-win mark in the opener for only the eighth time in the franchise’s 50-year history.

Cards are in Must Win Territory

The Cardinals (87-70) appeared to be on their way to closing the gap on the Brewers in the opener. After roughing up All-Star reliever Josh Hader and taking a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning they fell apart.

Two late RBI’s from Christian Yelich and a wild pickoff throw in the eighth inning led to the end of St. Louis’ three-game winning streak. The loss made the Cardinals’ bid to overtake the Brewers this week unlikely. It also reduced their lead over Colorado to a half-game for the final wild card.

Austin Gomber rebounded from his worst performance as a major leaguer to move to 5-1 as a member of the rotation. He permitted one run while fanning five over as many innings last Tuesday against Atlanta.

The Florida Atlantic product continues to struggle with his control. He has handed out 31 free passes over his first 69 1/3 big-league innings. Gomber did not give up a run in two-thirds of an inning in his only appearance versus Milwaukee on June 23. i

He is allowing left-handed hitters to bat .301 against him. The reliever converted starter has an impressive 6-1 record to go along with a 3.63 ERA

Yadier Molina (8-for-23) has fared well while Matt Carpenter (2-for-19) has not versus Gonzalez, who was tagged for five runs across four frames in a loss at St. Louis on Aug. 14.

 

Recent Form

Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
Milwaukee 90-67 $1,491.00 21-19 69-48 61-37 29-30 74-79-4 0.45
St. Louis 87-70 $649.00 26-20 61-50 61-43 26-27 75-76-6 0.54
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
G Gonzalez (9-11) ERA: 4.28
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Sep 19, 2018 CIN W 7-0 U 6 $56.00
Sp 14, 2018 PIT W 7-4 O 4.2 $71.00
Sep 8, 2018 SF W 4-3 U 5.2 $53.00
Austin Gomber (6-1) ERA: 3.63
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Sep 18, 2018 ATL W 8-1 O 5 $130.00
Sp 13, 2018 LA L 7-9 O 3 -$100.00
Sep 7, 2018 DET L 3-5 U 6 -$100.00

Bullpen

Milwaukee’s relievers have pitched 17.2 innings in the last 3 games.
St. Louis’s relievers have pitched 9.1 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent
Milwaukee Brewers – G Gonzalez
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Aug 14, 2018 6-4 STL 4 5 5 5 3 2 Loss
Jul 1, 2017 2-1 STL 7 2 1 1 2 9 Loss
Apr 11, 2017 8-3 WSH 7 6 2 1 0 6 Win
May 28, 2016 9-4 STL 4.2 6 6 6 4 6 Loss
Aug 31, 2015 8-5 STL 6 5 3 3 2 4 No Decision

St. Louis Cardinals – Austin Gomber

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
No Recent Starts vs. Opponent.

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 4.55 13 4.19 13
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 4.47 14 4.20 14
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 4.73 8 4.10 9
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 4.38 20 4.19 12

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Sep 24, 2018 ML 6 STL 4 -150 8 O Dan Jennings (L) Jack Flaherty (R) 9 8 6 2 7 11
Aug 19, 2018 MIL 2 STL 1 -108 8 U Jhoulys Chacin (R) John Gant (R) 6 5 6 0 3 7
Ag 18, 2018 ML 2 STL 7 -153 8 O Wade Miley (L) Miles Mikolas (R) 6 6 0 3 11 10
Aug 17, 2018 MIL 2 STL 5 -124 8 U Freddy Peralta (R) Jack Flaherty (R) 7 6 5 5 8 7
Jun 24, 2018 SL 8 MIL 2 -122 8.5 O Luke Weaver (R) Jhoulys Chacin (R) 10 6 8 2 11 14
Jn 23, 2018 STL 3 MIL 2 -107 9 U Miles Mikolas (R) Chase Anderson (R) 4 6 5 2 13 6
Jun 22, 2018 SL 1 MIL 2 -117 8 U Jack Flaherty (R) Junior Guerra (R) 3 3 4 3 15 15
Jn 21, 2018 STL 3 MIL 11 -118 8.5 O Carlos Martinez (R) Brent Suter (L) 7 12 2 4 6 5
May 30, 2018 SL 2 MIL 3 -111 8.5 U Alex Reyes (R) Junior Guerra (R) 8 10 3 6 13 4
May 29, 2018 STL 6 MIL 1 -116 8.5 U Michael Wacha (R) Zach Davies (R) 10 3 3 4 8 8

MLB Betting Odds & Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Milwaukee Brewers

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 90-67 48-30 42-37 61-32 35-35 74-79-4 21-19 69-48
Last 10 6-4 3-3 3-1 5-4 1-0 4-6 0-0 6-4
vs Div 37-37 20-18 17-19 26-19 13-18 32-40-2 7-6 30-31
vs AL 10-7 5-2 5-5 8-3 4-4 5-11-1 0-2 10-5
vs NL 80-60 43-28 37-32 53-29 31-31 69-68-3 21-17 59-43

St. Louis Cardinals

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 87-70 43-36 44-34 61-42 29-28 75-76-6 26-20 61-50
Last 10 6-4 4-3 2-1 3-2 3-2 8-2 2-2 4-2
vs Div 40-31 21-14 19-17 30-16 12-15 34-34-3 11-7 29-24
vs AL 11-9 5-5 6-4 9-8 3-1 5-14-1 1-3 10-6
vs NL 76-61 38-31 38-30 52-34 26-27 70-62-5 25-17 51-44
Team Last 5 Games

Milwaukee Brewers

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Sep 24, 2018 STL 6-4 W 130 8 D Jennings 0.1 Jack Flaherty A
Sp 23, 2018 PIT 13-6 W -145 8.5 W Miley 4 Nick Kingham A
Sep 22, 2018 PIT 0-3 L -118 7.5 Zach Davies 4 Trevor Williams A
Sp 21, 2018 PIT 8-3 W -134 8 J Chacin 4 I Nova A
Sep 19, 2018 CIN 7-0 W -180 8.5 G Gonzalez 6 M Harvey H

St. Louis Cardinals

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Sep 24, 2018 MIL 4-6 L -150 8 Jack Flaherty 5.1 D Jennings H
Sp 23, 2018 SF 9-2 W -200 7.5 M Mikolas 7 Andrew Suarez H
Sep 22, 2018 SF 5-4 W -180 7.5 A Wainwright 6.1 Dereck Rodriguez H
Sp 21, 2018 SF 5-3 W -160 7.5 John Gant 2.2 M Bumgarner H
Sep 19, 2018 ATL 3-7 L -125 8.5 Jack Flaherty 4.2 Touki Toussaint A

 

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