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Game: St Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers Apr 7 2012 4:05PM
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: For a number of different reasons I believe the value in this contest is on the "under": Game two of a three game set Saturday afternoon has Adam Wainwright facing Zack Greinke in the battle of staff aces. Wainwright has not pitched since September 24, 2010 when he finished off a remarkable 2010 campaign as runner up to Roy Halladay for the CY Young with a record of 20-11 and an ERA of 2.42. After coming off successful Tommy John surgery last year, Wainwright looks to repeat his 2010 season and take another run at the CY Young in 2012. With 3 earned runs allowed this spring in 21 innings pitched, there is no question Wainwright is healthy and ready to lead his staff. In 14 starts against Milwaukee, Wainwright is 7-4 with a 2.06 ERA and stellar 0.94 WHIP. With a career record of 66-35, ERA of 2.97 and WHIP of 1.20 look for Wainwright to continue to roll as one of the best pitchers in the NL this season. Opposing Wainwright is Zack Greinke, former AL CY Young winner in 2009 with the Kansas City Royals. Greinke was 16-6 with the Brewers last season with an ERA of 3.83 and a WHIP of 1.20. Greinke was lights out in spring, allowing 2 earned runs in 19 and 1/3 innings before giving up 5 earned in his final preseason tune up. Look for Greinke to battle Wainwright pitch for pitch this game and over the season as they battle for NL pitching supremacy. With superstar sluggers Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder no longer on St. Louis and Milwaukee, these teams will be looking to make up a combined 75 home runs and 219 RBI lost from the 2011 season. Milwaukee is looking to an unproven first baseman Mat Gamel to fill the void left by Fielder. With 5 home runs and 23 RBI in 85 career games with Milwaukee, Gamel has some huge shoes to fill. Lance Berkman has moved to first from the outfield to replace Albert Pujols. This has opened up a spot in the outfield for newly acquired Carlos Beltran. At 34 years of age, Beltran has proven he can still swing the bat when healthy. That being said, there is only one Albert Pujols, and St. Louis will dearly miss his offensive presence in the middle of that lineup. Beltran split 142 games last year between New York and San Francisco, belting 22 home runs and 84 RBI. In the bullpen, both teams have talented young arms closing. Jason Motte took over the closers role in 2011 for St. Louis and finished the season with a 5-2 record, 9 saves and a paltry 2.25 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 68 innings pitched. Motte picked up his first save of the season Wednesday night, striking out two against Miami and reaching 99 MPH on the radar gun! On the other side of the diamond, John Axford emerged in 2011 as one of the premier closers in the game. Axford saved an astounding 46 games for the Brewers in 2011 with an ERA of 1.95 and WHIP of 1.14. With a meager 2 blown saves on the entire season, look for Axford to shut the door when given the opportunity in the ninth! When I penciled in my top 5 NL CY Young candidates this season, I had Adam Wainwright and Zack Greinke in the middle of my list. Look for both pitchers to come out with something to prove Saturday afternoon. I see a fast paced low scoring affair with plenty of runs to spare below the "under" line; *10* NL TOTAL OF THE MONTH on the UNDER!