Milwaukee (3-4) at St Louis (4-3)
When: Wednesday, April 13th 2016
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Time: 8:15 ET | TV: FSN Wisconsin, FSN Midwest
The St. Louis Cardinals look to stay hot when they host the Milwaukee Brewers in the second game of a three-game set at Busch Stadium on Wednesday. The Cardinals were swept in Pittsburgh to open the season, but have won their last four and have scored 10 or more runs in the last three for the first time since 1980. St. Louis rolled up 19 hits – including 10 for extra bases – while routing Milwaukee 10-1 on Monday. Rookie left fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker continued his hot start with a 4-for-4 game and is hitting .526 on the season. Hazelbaker joined St. Louis as a minor-league free agent after being released by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett and 1B Chris Carter are also off to good starts offensively. Gennett had two hits in the series opener to raise his batting average to .409 while Carter smacked his third homerun of the season. The Brewers have won three of five since starting the season 0-2.
Pitchers: Brewers – Chase Anderson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) | Cardinals – Mike Leake (0-1, 8.31)
Chase Anderson won his Milwaukee debut on Friday allowing four hits over five shutout innings in a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Friday. He went 15-13 in 48 starts over the previous two seasons with Arizona and was dealt to the Brewers as part of the package in which infielder Jean Segura was sent to the Diamondbacks. Anderson received a no-decision in his lone career start against the Cardinals when he gave up two runs and 10 hits in six innings last May 25th.
Mike Leake looks to rebound from a terrible St. Louis debut, giving up four runs and seven hits in 4.1 innings while losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 6th. Leake received a five-year $80 million contract in the offseason as a free agent and has a lot of pressure to perform. Leake is 2-4 with a 4.60 ERA in 10 career starts against the Brewers and has been hit hard by catcher Jonathan Lucroy (12-for-29, one homer) and Gennett (7-for-16).
I have to give the edge to the Brewers in this one. Leake is a guy you can’t really trust and I’m not laying -165 on him right now. The day off in-between games should cool the Cardinals off a little. I’ll take the underdog tonight.
Pick: Brewers +155