Cardinals vs. Brewers Friday Prediction
After routing the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 on Friday night, will the Milwaukee Brewers also take the second game of the series when these National League Central rivals meet at 8:10 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, June 22, 2018
8:10 p.m. ET, Miller Park
TV: STL (FSMW); MIL (FSWI)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Brewers as a -110 favorite. As of this writing, 65% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Brewers to beat the Cardinals 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.
Cardinals' Flaherty strikes out seven in win over Cubs
Jack Flaherty delivered another terrific start in Sunday's victory over the Cubs, scattering two hits and three walks over five shutout innings. The right-hander racked up seven strikeouts on the night. The only thing that he didn't do well in this one, was be efficient with his pitches, needing 97 pitches (52 strikes) to get through his five frames. Through 10 starts with the Cardinals, he's now 4-2 with an outstanding 2.66 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 55/14 K/BB ratio across 50 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep it rolling in a difficult matchup against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday.
Brewers' Guerra falls short of earning quality start vs. Phillies
Junior Guerra surrendered three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Phillies. The first two runs on Guerra's line scored on solo home runs off the bats of Rhys Hoskins and Andrew Knapp in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, while the third and final run to score against him was of the inherited variety after he left the contest with one out in the sixth inning. All told, he struck out seven and walked three before his afternoon came to an end. Guerra will carry a respectable 2.89 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 67/26 K/BB ratio (71 2/3 innings) into a home showdown with the Cardinals in his next scheduled outing.
MLB Betting Trends
Despite their 11-3 loss on Thursday night, the Cardinals are still 36-18 in their last 54 games played at Miller Park.
The Brewers are just 3-7 in Guerra's last 10 starts and are 0-5 in his last five outings when coming off five days of rest.
The Cardinals are an absolute mess. They're 2-7 in their last nine games and have dropped 12 of their last 17 road games when facing a team with a winning home record. Over their last seven games, the Cardinals have a run differential of -15 as their starting pitching has started to fray, their bullpen remains a mess, and their offense is inconsistent at best. And as they showed on Thursday night, they don't booting the ball around the diamond, either. I like Flaherty and believe he has a bright future but the Brewers are playing better ball right now and I'll gladly lay the -110.
The Pick: Milwaukee Brewers -110