Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Alex Reyes
The Brewers and Cardinals will play the rubber match of their three-game series this afternoon in Milwaukee. Today’s game features a fascinating matchup of two starting pitchers who have polar-opposite journeys. A 23-year-old phenom making his first start after Tommy John surgery vs. a 33-year-old who didn’t make his first MLB start until he was 31 years old.
Both teams have also had successful starts to the season, but they’ve done so in drastically different ways. The Brewers’ starting rotation has the 21st-highest ERA in baseball at 4.30, but their bullpen has more than compensated from that lack of effectiveness. Milwaukee’s bullpen leads the league with a sparkling 2.44 ERA. Meanwhile, the Cardinals starting rotation has the third-lowest ERA (despite injuries) at 3.06, but their bullpen ranks 21st with a 4.29 ERA. If you’re considering a fade of the Brewers or a play on the Cardinals, you may want to consider just the first five innings.
Let’s take a quicker look at this fascinating starting pitching matchup to see if the first-place Brew Crew can win its sixth straight series or if the Redbirds can get to within three games in the NL Central.
St. Louis Cardinals (-120) at Milwaukee Brewers (+110) | O/U: 9
Alex Reyes (0-0, -.-) vs. Junior Guerra (3-3, 2.98 ERA)
1:10 p.m. ET