Brewers visit the Cardinals to start 4-game series
Milwaukee Brewers (28-16, first in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (24-19, second in the NL Central)
St. Louis; Thursday, 7:45 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Brewers: Eric Lauer (4-1, 2.16 ERA, .94 WHIP, 54 strikeouts); Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (5-3, 2.87 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 36 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cardinals -121, Brewers +101; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The St. Louis Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers to start a four-game series.
St. Louis has a 24-19 record overall and an 11-9 record in home games. The Cardinals have the third-best team batting average in MLB play at .255.
Milwaukee has a 28-16 record overall and a 14-10 record in road games. The Brewers have hit 57 total home runs to rank fourth in MLB play.
Thursday’s game is the fifth time these teams square off this season. The season series is tied 2-2.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nolan Arenado has 13 doubles, nine home runs and 32 RBI while hitting .288 for the Cardinals. Paul Goldschmidt is 19-for-39 with seven doubles and four home runs over the past 10 games.
Rowdy Tellez has 11 doubles, nine home runs and 33 RBI for the Brewers. Tyrone Taylor is 8-for-31 with a double, three home runs and 11 RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cardinals: 6-4, .298 batting average, 4.85 ERA, outscored opponents by 14 runs
Brewers: 7-3, .231 batting average, 1.86 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs
INJURIES: Cardinals: Steven Matz: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Dylan Carlson: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jack Flaherty: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Tyler O’Neill: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Alex Reyes: 60-Day IL (shoulder)
Brewers: Hunter Renfroe: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Freddy Peralta: 15-Day IL (lat), Willy Adames: 10-Day IL (ankle), Jandel Gustave: 15-Day IL (hamstring), Jake Cousins: 10-Day IL (elbow), Justin Topa: 10-Day IL (elbow)