MLB Baseball Betting: St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

MLB Baseball Betting:  St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

As Major League Baseball heads into their All Star Break what looked like one of the most non-competitive divisions in baseball is about to get really interesting. The National League Central was a complete farce for much of the season as the Chicago Cubs dominated their opponents and the rest of the division bumbled around the .500 mark. That is no longer the case. The Cubs have been slumping and now there are two teams–the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals–within single digits of Chicago. The Cubs will go into the break in first place but it’s unclear what happens after that.

The St. Louis Cardinals have also been involved in their own collapse. The Cards were the only team in the division within ten games of the Cubs but that’s also changed. St. Louis has slumped (though they’ve since started to ‘tread water’ with a 5-5 record in their last ten games) while Pittsburgh has started to play excellent baseball. It wasn’t that long ago that the Pirates were playing worse than any team in baseball. They’ll enter Saturday action having won 8 of their last 10 games. The sum total of all of this is that the Chicago Cubs have a 7.5 game advantage over both the Cardinals and the Pirates.

The good news for St. Louis is that they’re in the ‘right place at the right time’ facing the bumbling Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers have been somewhere between bad and mediocre all season long and have lost six of ten entering Saturday’s play. St. Louis will start Carlos Martinez who hasn’t always been the beneficiary of run support but has put up excellent numbers all season (1.70 ERA, 0.969 WHIP on the road). They’ll face righthander Chase Anderson who has not made it out of the 5th inning of any of his last three starts. He’s put in 10.7 innings of work over his last three giving up 15 earned runs, walking 10 and striking out 5. That’s a 12.66 ERA and a 2.627 WHIP in his last three games. He’s a made to order matchup for a team that needs wins. Cards have won 7 of 10 from Milwaukee this season and have won 16 of the last 23 at Miller Park.