Cardinals vs. Brewers Friday Prediction
Lorenzo Cain robbed the Cardinals from tying Thursday’s season opener in the top of the ninth but will St. Louis gain some measure of revenge tonight when it visits the Brewers at 8:10 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
8:10 p.m. ET, Friday, March 29, 2019
TV: MLB Network; FS Midwest (Cardinals); FS Wisconsin (Brewers)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Cardinals as a -115 favorite to beat the Brewers, who are -105 underdogs. As of this writing, 55% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Brewers to win outright. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Spin
Jack Flaherty tossed four scoreless innings against the Marlins on Sunday in his final Grapefruit League start. The right-hander, making one final turn before his regular season debut on March 29 against the Brewers in the second game of the season, was on point, allowing just one hit and not issuing a walk while striking out three. The day left his spring ERA at 2.12 with 22 strikeouts in 17 innings of work. Everything is pointing to a stellar season from the 23-year-old, who would surprise few if he ended up receiving some Cy Young votes come October.
Milwaukee Brewers Fantasy Spin
Freddy Peralta struck out six batters over 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in a Cactus League start against the Diamondbacks. Peralta was named to the Brewers' season-opening starting rotation earlier this week and finished the Cactus League campaign with a strong outing versus Arizona. The 22-year-old right-hander carries some mixed-league fantasy appeal because of his tremendous swing-and-miss stuff, but he is still quite raw. The ERA and WHIP could be messy.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cardinals are winless at 0-6 in Flaherty’s last six starts dating back to last season and are 1-4 in his last five outings versus the Brewers.
The Brewers are now a perfect 5-0 against the Cardinals in their last five games.
I don’t care about the trends above: This kid Flaherty is good. He will be the Cardinals’ ace sooner rather than later. Miles Mikolas had a poor spring and it carried into yesterday’s game, as he allowed three home runs to the Brewers. I saw value in Milwaukee on Opening Day but I see St. Louis evening the series tonight at Miller Park. Even though the Cardinals are 1-4 in Flaherty’s last five starts against the Brewers, the talented right-handed has struck out 34 Milwaukee hitters in 80 total at bats. He has allowed home runs to Ryan Braun and Jesus Aguilar, but that’s the extent of the damage that the Brewers have created on Flaherty. Meanwhile, Peralta had an elite strikeout rate last season but he also got hit hard. The top of the lineup for the Cards won’t be as bad tonight as it was yesterday.
The Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -115