The St. Louis Cardinals (3-5) will take on the Milwaukee Brewers (6-2) on Sunday. The two NL Central rivals have split the first two games of the series, with the Cardinals snapping a four-game losing streak last night with a 6-0 victory. Lefty Jordan Montgomery shoved, going seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. Superstar Nolan Arenado hit his 300th homerun of his electric career.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers: Betting Odds
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Odds are courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook
Fixture: St. Louis Cardinals @ Milwaukee Brewers
Date and Time: Sunday, April 9, 2:10 p.m. ET
Venue: American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers: Pitching Matchup
Jake Woodford will get the ball for the Cardinals in the finale of the three-game set. Mainly a reliever during his first three seasons with St. Louis, the righty broke camp as a starter but got rocked in his first start. He lasted 4.1 innings, surrendering six runs on seven hits and three walks in a loss to Atlanta. He is 8-5 with a 3.88 ERA in 141.1 MLB innings.
Woodford is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. He also owns a 0.944 WHIP when facing the Brew Crew. His numbers are nearly identical when pitching at American Family Field in Wisconsin. The same is true about his home and road splits. However, Woodford is an entirely different pitcher in the first half of the season than in the second. He owns a 4.65 ERA in the first half but a 2.83 ERA in the second half.
Freddy Peralta will look to build off a fantastic start to the 2023 season. The flamethrowing righty tossed six shutout innings in his season debut against the Mets last week, striking out seven and allowing just five baserunners. Peralta dealt with injuries last season but is just two years removed from being named an NL All-Star and posting a 2.81 ERA.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been nightmare fuel for Freddy Peralta. He is 2-4 with a lousy 6.59 ERA in 41 innings against the NL Central squad. In addition, he has allowed an insane 44 hits, seven of which have left the yard. However, he is a much more poised pitcher at home than on the road. He is 19-10 with a 3.25 ERA and 0.993 WHIP when taking the mound at American Family Field.
Cardinals vs. Brewers: Betting Prediction
Jake Woodford had a disastrous start to the season, but his track record indicates he is much more talented than his game log suggests. Meanwhile, Peralta was brilliant in his first game. St. Louis has owned him throughout his career, so give me the Birds to take the series on Sunday.