St. Louis and Milwaukee split the first games of the series and the Cardinals are in dire need to win the third, to stay within striking distance from Pittsburgh. Their divisional rivals who oppose him tonight are tied with Chicago Cubs for the last place, but lately the Brewers shown extreme resilience especially at home.
Odds: Winner Sports 2.05
The Brewers are playing without any pressure weighing on their shoulders, because the worst-case scenario is to be leapfrogged by the Cubs. Granted this outcome would hurt their morale, the consequences will be minimal as both fans and management accepted the fact that Milwaukee will not make the playoffs in 2013. Winning the series against the Cardinals and compromising their chances at a new playoffs berth would mean a great deal for the hosts and they have the starting pitcher to do this.
Tom Gorzelanny has faced St. Louis seven times and only won two of those decisions, but he was sharp in August and is given a chance to start. His counterpart is mired in a four-game losing streak that saw his ERA climbing above 4.30 and hasn’t won a game at Miller Park since 2010. He is highly dependent on his teammates to provide many runs of support, but also needs the bullpen to conserve any lead he might be able to secure. None of this happened lately and Jake Westbrook is probably heading to a fifth consecutive defeat.
Winner Sports has Brewers priced at odds of 2.05, despite the fact that they have home pitch advantage and a better starting pitcher. St. Louis might have the better overall record in 2013 but they are in poor form and are very likely to lose the decisive game of the series.