It doesn’t get any better than tight division races in the final two-plus weeks of the season in baseball. Only one team has clinched a playoff spot so far, the Angels, so these last couple of weeks should be fantastic. An exciting series between two NL Central rivals will begin tonight in Missouri when the Cardinals host the Brewers for three important games. St. Louis can extend their division lead or Milwaukee can climb back into the race. We like the Cardinals tonight.

Cardinals know what’s at stake this late in season

St. Louis fought all season to get to the top of the NL Central standings, which is why they will not go quietly down the stretch. Opposing teams in the Central are going to have to pry the crown from their dead hands. Lance Lynn gets the ball tonight with a record of 15-9 and an ERA of 2.73 on the year. In 11 of his last 13 starts, Lynn has allowed two or fewer earned runs.

Brewers seeing season quickly fade into obscurity

Milwaukee was at the top of the NL Central standings for the majority of the season, but a massive slump late in the year has dropped them to five games out of first. They need to jump two teams to regain the top spot. Milwaukee still has hope, especially in the NL Wild Card, where they are 1.5 games out of the second spot in the standings. The Brewers ask Wily Peralta to secure a key victory on Tuesday night in the series opener.

Our bet on the MLB game between the Cardinals and the Brewers from Busch Stadium will be placed at, where the Cardinals are home chalk to win. We will drop 15 percent of our bankroll on St. Louis and the -145 money line as they win a very important series opener against a division rival.

Brewers vs Cardinals 9-16-14