2012 MLB Predictions Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals: Over the past few seasons the National League Central Division has been dominated by the Cardinals, Brewers and Reds. Now that the 2012 season is beginning its fourth week of play it appears the same three clubs will be leading the pace with St. Louis the best of the three, currently leading the division with a 12-7 record. Beginning Friday, the Cardinals return home to Busch Stadium to host a three game set with the Brewers with the opener set for 8:15 p.m. The Cardinals and Brewers played three game at Miller Park in Milwaukee in early April with St. Louis winning 2-of-3. Cardinals manager Mike Matheney will give Friday’s start to veteran right-hander Jake Westbrook has been impressive this season with a 2-1 record and a 1.31 ERA. Countering for the Brewers is their ace right-hander Yovani Gallardo who is 1-1 on the year with a 3.65 ERA.
With Gallardo and Westbrook the listed starters, online sports book Bovada.lv lists the Cardinals as slight -130 MLB Odds favorites with a combined game total of 7 1/2-runs. Brewers backers are getting +110 money line odds as underdogs. Run line bettors are getting +170 betting the Cardinals at – 1 1/2 while the RL price on Milwaukee at +1 1/2 is -210.
The Brewers altered their pitching plans so Gallardo will work on regular rest in the series opener. He’s is 1-8 with a 6.17 ERA in 12 regular-season starts against the Cards, including an Opening Day loss.
Westbrook was a hard-luck loser his last time out despite continuing his strong season start. He reached a season-high 113 pitches and recorded only two outfield outs. The latter is a sign that his sinker was effective. That is his key to success.
MLB Predictions: I’m going with Westbrook and the Cardinals in this one at home.
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