Milwaukee Brewers vs Arizona Diamondbacks 5-16-18




Milwaukee Brewers vs Arizona Diamondbacks 5-16-18

Milwaukee Brewers (24-17) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (24-16)

Date : 05/16/2018
Time : 3:40 pm EST
Location : Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Milwaukee Brewers vs Arizona Diamondbacks

The finale of a 3-game set between the visiting Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will conclude at Chase Field, in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday at 3:40 pm EST.  The Milwaukee Brewers occupy the top spot in the NL Central while the Arizona Diamondbacks are also currently in the top spot within the NL West division.  This will be the 1st meeting of the year between these two teams, however, the Diamondbacks have won 4 of their last 7 games while winning two of the last 3 at Chase Field.

Milwaukee Brewers's Latest Performance :

The Brewers have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-3-1.  Recently, after a series win in a 3-game set versus the Cincinnati Reds on 5-2-2018, the Brewers followed up this series with a 3-game home series loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates on 5-6-2018.  They would tie a 2-game set versus the Cleveland Indians on 5-9-2018 while winning a 4-game road set versus the Colorado Rockies on 5-13-2018.  In all, the Brew Crew hopes to take this momentum with them as they will battle an Arizona team that is currently reeling and desperately looking for a win.

For the season, the Brewers are averaging 3.90 runs per game (27th) with a team batting average of .242 (18th), 45 homers (17th), and 27 stolen bases on the year (5th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.56 (8th) with 342 strikeouts (17th), along with 11 quality starts (29th).

Lorenzo Cain (.292 BA on 137 AB), Ryan Braun (.222 BA on 126 AB), Travis Shaw (.245 BA on 147 AB), and Domingo Santana (.273 BA on 121 AB) have been the most consistent offensive weapons for the Pirates this season.

Chase Anderson (3-3, 45.1 IP, 20 R, 36 H, 10 HR, 16 BB, 30 SO, 3.97 ERA) and Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 45 IP, 23 R, 44 H, 5 HR, 21 BB, 29 SO, 4.00 ERA) have been the bright spots for this Pirate staff.  Zack Davies (2-3, 34 IP, 17 R, 31 H, 5 HR, 12 BB, 25 SO, 4.24 ERA) has also been solid on the mound this season for Pittsburgh.

Arizona Diamondbacks's Latest Performance :

The Arizona Diamondbacks come into this game losers of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3.  After winning a 3-game set with the defending champs Houston Astros, they tied a 2-game road set with the Los Angeles dodgers on 5-9-2018.  They followed this series up with a 4-game home sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals on 5-13-2018.  As I stated before, while they have been the picture of consistency for most of this young season, the Diamondbacks are currently experiencing a losing skid to which they desperately need to halt.

For the season, the D’backs average 4.10 runs per game (21st) with a team batting average of .225 (30th), 43 homers (19th) along with 25 stolen bases (8th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.16 (2nd) with 369 strikeouts (8th) along with 18 quality starts for the season (8th).

David Peralta (.296 BA on 135 AB) and A.J. Pollock (.301 BA on 146 AB) have been the offensive stars for the Diamondbacks thus far.  Paul Goldschmidt (.210 BA on 143 AB) and Nick Ahmed (.222 BA on 146 AB) have also been solid offensively for Arizona this season.

Patrick Corbin (4-0, 51 IP, 12 R, 29 H, 6 HR, 13 BB, 67 SO, 2.12 ERA) and Zack Greinke (3-2, 48.2 IP, 20 R, 44 H, 7 HR, 6 BB, 53 SO, 3.70 ERA) have pitched the most innings for the D’backs this season while Fernando Salas (3-4, 18.2 IP, 10 R, 18 H, 1 HR, 6 BB, 13 SO, 4.82 ERA) has also been solid on the mound thus far.

How Milwaukee Brewers & Arizona Diamondbacks Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, Arizona is 22-18 ATS while the O/U is 17-21-2.  On the other hand, the Brewers are 23-18 ATS while the O/U is 14-25-2.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This matchup will entail a seemingly surging Milwaukee Brewers team against a suddenly reeling Arizona Diamondbacks squad that continues to fall deeper and deeper into their current losing skid.  In other words, the Diamondbacks need a solid performance in which to get a win.  The problem is that it will not be easy against a Brewers team that has hit their stride recently winning 3 of their last 5 games.  Also, the Brewers come into this game with much more on the line by recently overtaking the top spot in their respective division.

Against The Spread Selection: Arizona Diamondbacks

My reason for the pick :

The Diamondbacks are too good of a team to consistently struggle.  They not only possess a solid pitching staff, but, can also get the timely hits necessary in which to put runners in scoring position.  The problem is that they have simply been off their game lately, losing 5-straight games.  I believe that Wednesday’s matchup will indeed be the turning point in this rough patch for Arizona.  Though the Brewers have been playing well lately, expect Arizona to come out of their present funk and get the much-needed win against a surging Brewers squad.

Betting trends for Milwaukee Brewers:

  • Betting Trends for Milwaukee Brewers

    • The Under is 4-1-1 in Brewers last 6 games
    • The Under is 10-3 in Brewers last 13 road games

Betting trends for Arizona Diamondbacks:

  • Betting Trends for Arizona Diamondbacks

    • The Diamondbacks are 13-10 in last 23 home games
    • The Under is 6-1 in Diamondbacks last 7 home games

Falepa

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