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#952 St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals -120
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 1:15pm EDT
Written by Chris Altruda

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Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals

When and Where: Wednesday, Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo., 1:15 p.m. EDT.

Though familiarity has not bred contempt between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, the NL Central rivals will play their 10th game in 28 days Wednesday when they wrap up a three-game set at Busch Stadium.

Chacin yet to have dominant outing for Brewers

Jhoulys Chacin (2-2, 5.92 ERA) has not won in three starts after posting victories in his first two, and the 15-game winner from last year has yet to have a lights-out outing for the Brewers.

The right-hander did enough Friday night versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, bouncing back after a poor start against them on the West Coast, giving up two runs and five hits in five innings before the Brewers eventually lost 5-3.

Chacin opened the season with a victory over St. Louis, surviving a pair of second-inning homers and allowing three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-4 home win March 28. The righty has won his last three starts versus the Cardinals after going 0-7 in the previous eight and pitched well at Busch Stadium last year, winning twice while holding them to one run and five hits in 11 innings there.

Marcell Ozuna is 6 for 14 with a pair of doubles versus Chacin while Kolten Wong is 5 for 15 with a homer. Paul Goldschmidt, who was 14 for 32 with six homers versus the Brewers entering Tuesday night’s game, went 0 for 2 with a walk against the right-hander last month and is 6 for 24 with a homer and two doubles versus Chacin.

Wainwright looking for run support after back-to-back losses

Adam Wainwright (1-2, 4.74) has only had one good start among his first four, but the Cardinals have done him no favors by backing him with just three runs in those games.

The right-hander is trying to avoid losing a third consecutive start after being knocked around for four runs and eight hits with three walks in three-plus innings of a 5-4 loss to the New York Mets on Friday.

“You know, it looked like he was making some pitches,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The breaking ball wasn’t maybe as sharp as we’re used to seeing. Wasn’t as crisp as typical, making pitches. And then when he got in the middle of the plate – they hurt him.”

Wainwright’s spot in the rotation resulted in him missing the previous two series. He lost to the Brewers in his only start against them last year before being shut down after eight starts, giving up three runs and eight hits in seven innings of a 3-2 defeat.

The righty, though, is 15-9 with a 2.41 ERA in 31 career starts against Milwaukee, including an 8-5 mark and 2.27 ERA in 16 starts at Busch Stadium. Wainwright has gotten the better of Ryan Braun, who has more strikeouts (23) than hits (18) in 86 career at-bats.

Lorenzo Cain, though, is 4 for 9 with a triple and double.

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Given Wainwright’s track record against Milwaukee, plus the fact he has not lost three consecutive starts since April 17, the Cardinals are the play here. The righty is also seeking a landmark 150th career victory, a feat accomplished by only four other pitchers in franchise history.

Prediction: Cardinals -125

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Both pitchers have done well fending off the over of late, with the under delivering in Chacin’s last four starts and going 2-0-1 in Wainwright’s last three. On the quick turnaround for getaway day, look for the two right-handers to be tough and deliver another win for the under.

Prediction: UNDER 9 runs (-110)
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Written By Chris Altruda

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is based in Chicago. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiner, he worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Follow Chris daily right here at W&W and on Twitter at @AlTruda73. You won’t be disappointed.