MLB 2019: Brewers vs. Cardinals Preview

April 15, 2019 by Ryan Knuppel

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis CardinalsThe Milwaukee Brewers (10-6) and St. Louis Cardinals (9-6) will face-off Monday in a National League Central showdown. These two teams opened up the season in a four-game series where the Brewers went 3-1.

The Brewers hold the top seed in the NL Central, while the Cardinals are just half of a game behind Milwaukee. Milwaukee comes into this game listed at -140 over St. Louis.

After getting swept in a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, the Brewers bounced back against the Los Angeles Dodgers in their next series.

Milwaukee stole the first two games against the Dodgers and then fell 7-1 to LA on Sunday.

Jhoulys Chacin (2-2) gave up six runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked three. The right-hander’s six earned runs ended a streak of allowing three or fewer over his previous 14 starts since Aug. 8 against San Diego.

I’m either really good against these guys or really bad, Walks hurt me today and with their lineup you can’t give them walks. I need to make better pitches and I didn’t do that.

The Brewers managed just three hits – a double by Travis Shaw and singles from Chacin and Yasmani Grandal – through the first seven innings. Grandal said of his former teammate,

Stripling had a great outing, He threw a lot of backdoor sliders especially to lefties and he’s got four pitches that he throws well.

Milwaukee’s lone run came on pinch-hitter Eric Thames’ sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Ozuna Hot for Cardinals

After rattling off five-straight wins, the Cardinals split a two-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. Sunday’s 9-5 win over the Reds came in Mexico. For Marcell Ozuna, the atmosphere in the Estudio de Beisbol de Monterrey made it feel like a home game. Not in St. Louis, but back in the Dominican Republic. Ozuna hit two home runs and Matt Carpenter connected for a tiebreaking drive in the seventh inning that sent the Cardinals over the Reds.

Chacin said

I liked the crowd here it’s like in my country, it’s kind of the same the energy, It’s my first game in Monterrey and it feels good, the passion and the feel for the game that they have

Ozuna has four home runs in his last five games along with eight RBI.

Cardinals manager Mike Schildt said.

I’m sure it was a comfortable feeling for him. I know it was for me, It’s an atmosphere that all Latin players enjoy, I’m sure I did

It was 4-all when Carpenter opened the seventh with his second home run of the season, tagging Amir Garrett (1-1). Ozuna hit a solo homer off Jared Hughes and Jose Martinez capped the five-run inning with a two-run single that made it 9-4.

Ozuna hit a three-run homer and O’Neill added a solo drive as the Cardinals took a 4-0 lead in the first off Anthony DeSclafini. Yasiel Puig homered in the eighth to make it 9-5 and the Reds loaded the bases, but Jordan Hicks retired pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer on a grounder to escape. Hicks closed for his third save. John Gant (3-0) pitched one inning.

St. Louis Steals Road Win

This game determines who sits in first place in the National League Central. The Cardinals are playing better baseball as of late, and Hudson on the mound gives them some confidence. Look for St. Louis to go to Milwaukee and steal a win on Monday. Bet the St. Louis Cardinals +120 over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.