A Look at the Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals Free MLB Odds Pick & Game InfoDate: Thursday, April 16, 2015 Time: 1:45PM Venue: Busch Stadium Opening Line: St Louis -143
There’s no place like home. #OpeningDaySTL pic.twitter.com/FnKWW4QGHX — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) April 13, 2015The Brewers have come out of the gate this season looking as though they are still sporting a bit of a hangover from the events of last year. They started out by getting swept by the Colorado Rockies, which they then followed up by losing 2 of 3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. What makes that 1-5 start all the more troubling is that all of the games were played at home. Fans will be hoping that they play this season in reverse to what happened last year, and that they can pick up the pace and go on a late run when it really matters. Mike Fiers (0-1) will get the start for the Brewers on Thursday, and will be hoping to do better than he did in his previous outing against the Pirates. While Fiers did manage to strike out 8 batters in his 5 innings, he also gave up 5 runs and took the loss, with the Pirates winning 6-2. The Cardinals are strong favorites to repeat as NL Central champs this season, but at 3-3, they are off to a bit of a wobbly start. On the bright side of things, they have been getting some solid outings from their starting rotation, who have been doing a great job of keeping walks to the bare minimum. In fairness to the Cards, they did have to open their season with a 6-game road trip (they ended up playing 5, with one of the Cubs games postponed), and they might well be pleased that they came home with a winning record. They did lose their home opener to the Brewers on Monday, though, and will be looking to bounce back. Veteran pitcher John Lackey will take to the mound on Thursday, and should do better than his previous start against the Reds, where Joey Votto hit him deep twice.