Match-Up: St. Louis Cardinals (Garcia) at Milwaukee Brewers(Gallardo)

Tensions have flared in past years when the Cardinals and Brewers have squared off. Expect nothing less in Milwaukee this weekend. Both teams won their respective opening series. Albert Pujols hit two home runs in the Cards Opening Day win at Cincinnati. Both Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder recorded four hits in their opening series win against the Rockies.

Brewers starter, Yovani Gallardo started on Opening Day and was the tough luck loser, striking out five over seven innings and allowing three runs. The Brewers rewarded their ace on Thursday by giving him a 5-year, $30 million contract extension. Gallardo has not fared well against the Cardinals in the past, posting an 0-2 record in four career starts. He has struck out 25 hitters in only 23 2/3 innings.

The Cardinals will trot out rookie pitcher, Jamie Garcia on Saturday. Garcia has only one career start, which came in 2008. He has appeared against the Brewers in relief before, allowing three earned runs in only one inning. Garcia did pitch well this spring, striking out 20 hitters over 24 innings with a 3.00 ERA.

The team split the season series last year, but the Cardinals went 7-2 in Milwaukee.

Even though the Cardinals have the impressive track record in Milwaukee, I’m going with Brewers and their ace. If the Cardinals had Adam Wainwright or Chris Carpenter starting, it’d be a different story. Brewer closer Trevor Hoffman blew the save last night and Gallardo will be determined to turn in a strong effort.  I’ll take the Brew Crew and a paid Yovani to pick up the W on Saturday afternoon against an inexperienced starter.

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The Pick: Milwaukee Brewers

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