MLB Predictions: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers

The St. Louis Cardinals (8-5) and Milwaukee Brewers (10-3) will continue a National League Central series Tuesday night at Miller Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers  

The St. Louis Cardinals are 2-0 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 in 2014
The St. Louis Cardinals are 2-0 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 in 2014

St. Louis has won three games in a row, including a 4-0 shutout victory over Milwaukee as +106 road underdogs Monday, while going UNDER the betting total of 8.5.  The Cardinals went 14-5 against the Brewers a season ago, which is far better than their 6-9 and 9-9 marks respectively in 2012 and 2011.  Third baseman Aramis Ramirez is the main player to watch offensively, as he’s hitting 358 with 11 RBIs this season.  St. Louis is 2-0 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season.

Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (0-2, 6.35 ERA) has dropped his first two efforts of the season, including a 4-0 home defeat to the Cincinnati Reds last time out, as he surrendered three runs and seven hits over six frames.  The right-hander was 5-6 with a 4.57 ERA in 15 road outings a season ago, with opposing hitters batting .271 in that situation.  In five outings versus the Brewers in 2013, Miller compiled a 3-0 record and 2.03 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 3.63 ERA in three appearances at this venue.

Milwaukee had its nine-game win streak come to an end last night, while it has gone UNDER the betting total in four consecutive affairs.  The Brewers averaged 5.9 runs over that span, with third baseman Aramis Ramirez being one of the main threats in the lineup—hitting .358 with 11 RBIs this season.  Milwaukee is 19-29 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 since 2012, with the UNDER going 24-22 in that situation.

Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada (1-0, 2.31 ERA) has led the club to victory in his first two outings, including a 6-2 road win over the Philadelphia Phillies last time out, as he gave up two runs and five hits over six innings of work.  The right-hander put together a dismal 2-2 record and 6.62 ERA in nine home starts last season—serving up 14 home runs in 50.1 combined frames.  In 12 career games (seven starts) versus the Cardinals, Estrada has gone 0-4 with a 5.74 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cardinals due to their 5-0 record in Miller’s last five outings in the series.

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