By Austin Moehn
The St. Louis Cardinals welcome the Milwaukee Brewers for the final series of both teams’ 2020 regular seasons. They are fighting for playoff contention as the Cards currently hold the fifth seed in the NL at 27-26 while the Brewers are a game out of the wildcard sitting at 26-27. The crucial series has the divisional rivals playing five times in four days, meaning the series winning team will likely secure a playoff spot. Busch Stadium will have a good pitching matchup tonight as Kwang Hyun Kim (2-0) 1.59 ERA is set to face Corbin Burnes (4-0) ERA 1.77 for the Brewers.
Money Line: MIL (-130) STL (+110)
Run Line: MIL -1.5 (+130) STL +1.5 (-150)
First Pitch: 7:15 PM CT, Busch Stadium, St. Louis MO
Milwaukee Brewers (26-27)
The Crew enter this one winning five of their last seven. Attempting to continue their recent success, Milwaukee will look to start the series off on the right foot. The offense will be tasked to score against Kwang Hyun Kim who has been one of the best pitchers in the NL this year. The recently acquired Daniel Vogelbach has been batting well along with Orlando Arcia, and Ryan Braun who have been contributors the past few games. Christian Yelich and Avisail Garica look to get hot because from now on every game is important for Milwaukee.
Corbin Burnes is trying to provide a win for the Brewers while also presenting his case for the NL Cy Young Award. Burnes has been great all year and has allowed only one run in his past 29 innings pitched which came against the Cards on September 14th. Another great start from the 25 year old will secure the first ERA title in Milwaukee’s history while also increasing his chances of the Cy Young.
St. Louis Cardinals (27-26)
St. Louis is also entering winning five of their last seven as they barely hold onto a spot in the tight NL playoff race. The Cards look to win this five-game series as it would solidify their spot. Yadier Molina is day-to-day with a wrist injury but they have one of the best backup catchers in four-time all-star Matt Wieters. Paul Goldschmidt and the Cardinal offense have plenty of ability to score but that will be a tough task against Corbin Burnes.
Kwang Hyun Kim will be looking to continue his successful 2020 season after coming off a disappointing start against the Pirates his last time out where he allowed four runs in 5.1 innings pitched. The 32 year old made his major league debut in late July after spending twelve years in the KBO. Kim’s success this season can be accredited towards his ability to avoid baserunners holding a WHIP of 0.97.
Analysis and Best Bet:
Both starters have been great this year which makes this pick difficult. This game could very well go either way, but Corbin Burnes has been consistently good this year. This very important series will have many close games that will come down to the last pitch, I am expecting this one to be one of those. I’m liking the Brewers at (-130) in the series opener.
Austin’s 2020 MLB picks (1-1 all picks are one unit) A $100 would have a profit of $0