Game Time: 2:10 pm ET, Thursday, September 23, 2021
Venue: American Family Field, Milwaukee, WI
Where to Watch: Youtube
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Moneyline odds: Cardinals +100, Brewers -120; Over/Under: 8 runs
Bet365: Moneyline odds: Cardinals +100, Brewers -120; Over/Under: 8 runs
BetMGM: Moneyline odds: Cardinals -105, Brewers -115; Over/Under: 8 runs
St Louis Cardinals: 81-69 (2nd place, NL Central)
Milwaukee Brewers: 91-60 (1st place, NL Central)
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St Louis Cardinals vs Milwaukee Brewers Preview and Analysis
St Louis Cardinals: 10-0 last 10
Milwaukee Brewers: 5-5 last 10
St Louis Cardinals Analysis
The Cardinals are coming into this game after winning their game on Tuesday against the Brewers 2-1. That win put them on a 10 game winning streak including a series win against the Cincinnati Reds, 2 sweeps of the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres, and taking the first 2 games of this series against the Brewers. This will be the series finale on Thursday with game 3 still to be played on Wednesday, the result is pending. Miles Mikolas is getting the nod for their game on Wednesday while Adam Wainwright will be the starting pitcher on the mound for this game on Thursday. He is 16-7 with a 2.89 ERA this season and he has the most wins on his team for a starting pitcher in the rotation this year. He has been credited with 5 straight wins in his starts and the team has won 11 of their last 12 games with him as the starting pitcher. In his last start, he allowed 2 ER and 0 BB with 2 Ks on 7 hits through 6 IP against the Padres last Saturday. He has seen this Brewers lineup 3 times this season and he is 2-1 against them but he has not allowed more than 2 runs in any of those games. They have scored 26 runs in their last 5 games averaging over 5 runs scored per game and they have allowed their opponents to score 14 runs against them in that same span allowing a little under 3 runs per game.
Milwaukee Brewers Analysis
The Brewers are coming into this game after losing to the Cardinals on Tuesday with Wednesday's result still pending. The Brewers are on a 3 game losing streak and have also lost 5 of their last 7 games. Brett Anderson will be the starter for Wednesday's game while Adrian Houser will be throwing the first pitch for them in this game on Thursday. He is 9-6 with a 3.43 ERA this season. He has been credited with 2 straight wins in his starts with his team winning the last 3 games that he started in. In his last start, he allowed 5 runs, 4 of them being earned with 1 HR, and 2 BB with 3 strikeouts on 7 hits through 4 innings of work against the Chicago Cubs last Friday. He has faced the Cardinals lineup twice this season and he is 2-0 in those games and has not allowed a single earned run against them this year. They have scored 21 runs in their last 5 games averaging over 4 runs scored per game and they have allowed their opponents to score 22 runs against them in that same span allowing over 4 runs per game.
Cardinals vs Brewers Prediction
Both of these pitchers have owned the other side this season barely allowing any runs against each other. Wainwright has been better this season overall though, so the Cardinals have the advantage there with this matchup. The Brewers are not playing so hot right now either with only 3 runs scored in the first 2 games of this series while the Cardinals have been on a roll trying to secure their spot in the postseason. The Cardinals have the better pitcher starting and have the hotter batters right now. They will win this game in what will be a low scoring so the best bet to place here is on them to win and on the under.
Cardinals Brewers Prediction: Our MLB Pick for Thursday, September 23, 2021, 2021 (2:10 pm ET start time) is Cardinals 3 Brewers 1.
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MLB Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals: 81-69 (+12.3 units) on the money line in all games. 56-44 (+12.7 units) on the money line when the total is 7 to 8.5.
Milwaukee Brewers: 68-46 (-4 units) on the money line as a favorite of -110 or higher. 42-34 (-7 units) on the money line in home games.
St Louis Cardinals: J. Fernandez (RP) Out indefinitely - Back injury. R. Helsley (RP) out for season - Elbow injury. W. LeBlanc (SP) out for season - Elbow injury. D. Carlson (RF) Ques Wed - Undisclosed injury. J. Flaherty (SP) Ques Fri - Shoulder injury.
Milwaukee Brewers: B. Anderson (SP) Prob Wed - Shoulder injury. A. Perdomo (RP) out for season - Back injury. R. Tellez (1B) Out indefinitely - Knee injury.
Players to Watch
St Louis Cardinals: Paul Goldschmidt is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in batting average and in hits and is a big reason why their offense is so hot right now. Look for him to make some big hits in this game and get on base to get himself in a position to score runs for his team.
Milwaukee Brewers: Eduardo Escobar is one player to watch in this one. He leads his team in hits and in home runs and will need to spark this offense in what has been a quiet week for them. Look for him to help get this offense hot again with some hits here.
"It's hard to capture, because I don't plan on being done with it. We keep moving to tomorrow. Regardless of the time of year you do that, it's important – this time of year clearly more magnified." - Mike Shildt on the hot run his team is on right now.
"We've just had a quiet week. I think we're going to have a big night one of these nights. We're going to put a really big number on the board and we're going to bust out of it. We didn't do it tonight, but it's coming. I believe that, I think our guys believe that." - Craig Counsell on the mini slump his team is in right now.
St Louis Cardinals
T. Edman 2B
P. Goldschmidt 1B
T. O'Neill LF
N. Arenado 3B
D. Carlson RF
Y. Molina C
E. Sosa SS
H. Bader CF
J. Woodford P
K. Wong 2B
W. Adames SS
E. Escobar 1B
A. Garcia RF
O. Narvaez C
L. Urias 3B
J. Peterson LF
T. Taylor CF
B. Woodruff P
St Louis Cardinals
Batting Average: P. Goldschmidt (.287)
Hits: P. Goldschmidt (162)
Home Runs: N. Arenado (33)
RBI: N. Arenado (101)
Stolen Bases: T. Edman (27)
Wins: A. Wainwright (16)
Saves: A. Reyes (29)
ERA: T. McFarland (2.53)
Batting Average: O. Narvaez (.277)
Hits: E. Escobar (128)
Home Runs: E. Escobar (28)
RBI: A. Garcia (83)
Stolen Bases: L. Cain (12)
Wins: B. Suter (12)
Saves: J. Hader (33)
ERA: J. Hader (1.34)
St Louis Cardinals: Mike Shildt (4th season)
Milwaukee Brewers: Craig Counsell (7th season)
62 degrees F mostly cloudy, 54% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 18 mph wind speeds S.