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#773 Milwaukee Brewers vs.
#774 St. Louis Cardinals
Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4:15pm EDT
Written by Blake V.

Milwaukee will be hoping to build on its two-game winning streak when it travels to St. Louis on Thursday afternoon. The Brewers picked up a 4-2 win over Chicago in 10 innings on Wednesday. St. Louis bounced back from an opening series loss with a series win over the Marlins.

Brewers needing to ramp up the offense

Milwaukee picked up a 6-5 win over Minnesota in 10 innings on Opening Day before losing its final two games against the Twins to close the series. The Brewers lost their opener at Chicago on Monday, but they responded with a pair of wins to grab the series victory. Wednesday’s game was another extra-innings win for the Brewers. Milwaukee scored three runs in the top of the tenth inning en route to the 4-2 win. Left fielder Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 at the plate on Wednesday and also walked once. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain homered twice, including a three-run shot in the top of the tenth.

The Brewers have been one of the worst offensive teams in the MLB so far this season, ranking No. 28 in team batting average (.161). They are going to face a St. Louis pitching staff that has also been rough, listed at No. 27 with a team ERA of 6.07. One reason that ERA is so high is because of right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright’s first start of the season. He lasted just 2.2 innings against the Reds, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk. The 39-year-old will be hoping to bounce back against Milwaukee on Thursday. His future with the team is cloudy following the expiration of his one-year deal.

Cardinals coming off sweep of Marlins

St. Louis comes into this series fresh off a three-game sweep over Miami. The Cardinals opened the season by losing two out of three against the Reds, but they bounced back with three comprehensive efforts. Miami was only able to score three combined runs in the three losses at home. St. Louis entered the late stages of Wednesday’s series finale in a tie game, but Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer and Dylan Carlson added a grand slam to break the game open. Tommy Edman also scored on an RBI single from Paul Goldschmidt.

The Cardinals have had offensive struggles to open the season, ranked No. 24 with a batting average of .200. They are going up against a Milwaukee staff that is No. 12 with a team ERA of 3.80. Right-handed pitcher Corbin Burnes took a perfect game into the fifth inning and a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his first start of the season. Minnesota’s Jose Berrios also had a no-hitter going into the seventh, making it one of the top pitching duels of the last few years. Burnes will be hoping to build on an outing that wound up resulting in a loss, despite a 1.42 ERA and 11 strikeouts.

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I donโ€™t trust St. Louis in this spot, even though it is riding a three-game winning streak after its sweep of Miami. The Cardinals have not looked consistent at the dish or on the mound. Wainwright is aging quickly and was really roughed up in his first outing this season. Milwaukee has plenty of power to exploit him on Thursday. The Brewers have also been the better pitching staff to open the season and have won both of their series so far. St. Louis has lost its last four games with Wainwright on the mound.

Prediction: Milwaukee -130

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Burnes had one of the best outings of the young season in his last start, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He will now be able to go up against a St. Louis lineup that has not hit the ball consistently and relies too much on the long ball. Burnes has gone under the total in his last four starts and in his last four games against a divisional opponent. The Cardinals have gone under in their last four home games. Wainwright should at least be better than he was in his first start of the year.

Prediction: Under 7.5
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Written By Blake Von Hagen , "Blake V."

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.