April 28th Baseball Odds: Milwaukee Brewers vs St Louis Cardinals
Saturday, April 28, 2012
by Mike Stewart
The Brewers, who were shelled 13-1 on Friday, enter the second game at Busch Stadium with an NL-worst ERA of 5.27. That’s more than twice as bad as the Cardinals’ 2.57 ERA.
St. Louis started have given up two or fewer runs in 16 of 20 games.
St. Louis, which has won eight of 12, got a jolt Friday from the return of center fielder Jon Jay, who had missed a week with a shoulder sprain after crashing into the fence. He and second baseman Skip Schumaker each drove in three runs in Friday’s rout. St. Louis has won three of the first four meetings with Milwaukee.
The 28-year-old Estrada was impressive in his first start as the replacement for the injured Chris Narveson, allowing one run and two hits over five innings versus Colorado. In five relief appearances against the Cardinals, Estrada is 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA.
Always a fast starter, Lohse ranks second in the NL in ERA and WHIP (0.66). The league is batting .170 against him. Lohse has handled Corey Hart (2-for-17) in his career but has had difficulty with Ryan Braun (9-for-29, two homers, seven RBIs).
1. Super-sub Matt Carpenter leads St. Louis with 10 RBIs at Busch Stadium.
2. Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez has a five-game hitting streak after going 2-for-3 with an RBI on Friday.
3. Schumaker has five hits in his last 12 at-bats, upping his average to .417.
MLB BASEBALL PREDICTION: St Louis 4, Milwaukee 3
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