Tom Stryker’s Free Baseball Play June 20th


#958 MILWAUKEE with Burnes (-175) over St. Louis with Mikolas at 8:10 PM EST
Picking up the pace off three consecutive wins, the Brew Crew will stay hot and grab another dub with first place in the NL Central on the line. St. Louis enters this contest with losses in three of its last four games and this will be a difficult setting for the Redbirds.

Ace right-hander Corbin Burnes will toe the rubber for the home team. With 13 starts in the books this season, No. 39 was touched for 22 earned runs and 58 hits in 78.2 innings of work. Burnes struck out 100 and walked 17 on his way to a 4-4 record with a 2.52 ERA. Corbin has been outstanding in this series too. In fact, in his last three outings against the Cards, Burnes has surrendered only three earned runs and 10 hits in 18.0 frames. After the math, that equates to a solid 2-0 mark with an outstanding 1.50 ERA.

Righty Miles Mikolas will counter for the visitors. So far this year, No. 39 has made 13 starts for the Cardinals and allowed 24 earned runs and 64 hits in 82.1 innings. Mikolas fanned 66 and issued 16 free passes on his way to a 5-4 tally with a respectable 2.62 ERA. Miles had some problems in his last outing against the Brewers. Back on May 29th inside Busch Stadium, Mikolas was mauled for six earned runs and nine hits (two of which left the park) in only 5.2 frames. Miles was tagged with the “L” in the Brew Crew’s 8-0 victory.

There are a number of strong team trends that support this Best Bet. Milwaukee has won 20 of its last 27 in division play, 60 of its last 89 after scoring five runs or more in its previous contest, and 11 of its last 16 in the first game of a series. On the other side of the ballpark, St. Louis has fallen in eight of its last nine when priced as a pup and five of its last six on foreign soil.

With the top spot in the division on the line, the Brew Crew will lean on their ace in order to get the job done here. Take Milwaukee with Burnes. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.


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