Brewers vs. Cardinals Prediction
After dropping two of three to the Diamondbacks at home over the weekend, will the St. Louis Cardinals rebound versus a familiar foe on Monday night? The Redbirds will host the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, April 9, 2018
7:05 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium
TV: FSWI (MIL); FSMW (STL)
(Odds courtesy of online sportsbooks YouWager)
Public Betting Trends
As of this writing, 61% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cardinals to beat the Brewers on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Milwaukee Brewers will have to get by without Yelich
Christian Yelich showed fans in Milwaukee why the Brewers acquired him from the Marlins over the offeseason but unfortunately for the Brew Crew and their faithful, their new star will continue to miss time with an oblique injury. Yelich was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with a right oblique injury suffered last Wednesday night in a 6-0 loss to the Cardinals.
"We were trying to push it to make it in the time frame to stay off the DL," Yelich said to mlb.com, "and it just wasn't happening. So take the extra time, get it right and hopefully be good to go soon."
Yelich's absence could be an issue for a struggling Milwaukee team that will send Jhoulys Chacin back to the mound to face a St. Louis squad that beat him up less than a week ago. He suffered the loss versus the Cardinals the same night Yelich got hurt, surrendering six runs (three earned) and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.
St. Louis Cardinals Off to Frustrating Start
The Cardinals started their 2018 campaign on the wrong foot, dropping their first two games to the Mets in the Big Apple. They then rattled off three wins in their next four games before dropping two of three to the Diamondbacks over the weekend. On Sunday, Arizona held St. Louis' feast-or-famine offense to a single run in a 4-1 comeback victory.
Miles Mikolas could be just what the Cardinals need to bounce back, however. In his return to Major League Baseball after a multi-year stint pitching in Japan, Mikolas picked up his first win against the Brewers last week. He did allow three home runs in that game but hit a two-run homer himself while allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings. After a slow start, Mikolas rebounded to have a nice spring performance as well.
MLB Betting Trends
The Brewers are 4-0 in their last four road games versus the Cardinals and are 8-1 in their last nine road games when facing a right-handed starter.
The Cardinals have dropped five of their last seven home games dating back to last season and are just 1-4 in their last five games when starting a new series.
I just can't back Chacin versus the Cardinals. In the past three seasons, Chacin owns a 0-2 record with a 4.91 ERA over 11 innings of work against the Redbirds. He also managed only 10 swinging strikes out of 91 pitches last week when he faced the Cardinals, who must be licking their chops to see him come to down after facing Arizona's stout pitching staff. The Cards' price tonight isn't overly ridiculous.
The Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -145