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October 1, 2014

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Vegas Play of the Day: Cardinals at Brewers

Baseball hasn't brought riches to the Play of the Day, the Sun's betting competition that uses South Point odds with a $10,000 starting bankroll.

We're riding an 0-3 spell overall on the diamond going into Tuesday night's action, and I've also personally missed my last three picks. It feels like the letdown is on a loop.

St. Louis Cardinals plus-105 at Milwaukee Brewers: $320 to win $336

There's no better team to put a tap on the Brewers scorching start than the Cardinals.

St. Louis started the process Monday, snapping Milwaukee's nine-game win streak with a 4-0 victory to begin the National League Central rivals' first series of the year. It continued a trend from last year, when the Cardinals finished 14-5 against the Brewers on the season.

With the way the Brewers have opened their 2014 campaign — even with yesterday's loss, they've still got a Majors-best 10-3 record — most wouldn't expect St. Louis to repeat on that supremacy this season. But it's more than capable despite whatever has happened in the first two weeks.

Milwaukee might be one of the biggest surprises of the season when all is said and done. St. Louis might be the best team in baseball.

The Cardinals have a potent offense, the caliber of which Brewers starter Marco Estrada hasn't yet faced this season. Estrada had two great starts, but they came against the scuffling Red Sox lineup and the mediocre Phillies' bats.

St. Louis' young pitching staff is also something to behold, and will look a whole lot better once tonight's starter Shelby Miller re-discovers his rhythm. There's reason to believe Miller could break out of his funk against the Brewers, as he started five times against them last season and posted a 2.03 ERA.

The Redbirds own the Brew Crew.

Standings: Bern (18-14, $10,060), Keefer (15-17, $8,777), Brewer (12-19-3, $5,800)

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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