Minnesota Twins (35-42) vs Milwaukee Brewers (47-33)Date : 07/02/2018
Time : 8:10 pm EST
Location : Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Minnesota Twins vs Milwaukee Brewers
Game 1 of a 3-game set between eh Minnesota Twins and the Milwaukee Brewers will take place at Miller Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Monday night at 8:10 pm EST. The Twins are in 2nd place within the AL Central division while the Brewers continue to occupy 1st place within the NL Central. In their last outing, the Twins were 10-6 road losers to the Cubs on 6-29-2018 which was game 1 of a 3-game set. The Twins picked up 10 hits for the game as Ryan Braun went 3-5 for the night with 5RBI’s while Eddie Rosario and Mitch Garner each had 2 hits apiece in the loss. The losing pitcher was Jose Berrios (8-6) who pitched 4.1 innings while allowing 6 earned runs, 4 walks, and 2 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.52. Mike Montgomery (3-2) was the winning pitcher as he pitched 5.1 innings while allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, 3 walks, 1 homer, and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.55. Albert Almora Jr. was 3-5 for the night for the Twins in the victory while Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo had 2 hits apiece with a combined 3 RBI’s.
On the other hand, the Brewers were 8-2 winners on the road in game 2 of a 3-game set versus the Cincinnati Reds on 6-29-2018 where the winning pitcher was Chase Anderson (6-6) who pitched 6 innings while allowing 1 run on 2 hits, 1 homers and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.18. Keon Broxton was the man of the night in going 3-4 for the game with 4 RBI’s while Manny Pina by Jesus Aguilar had 2 hits apiece with Pina having an RBI in the victory. The losing pitcher was Sal Romano (4-8) as he pitched 5 innings while allowing 2 runs on 7 hits, 1 homer and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.30. The Brewers cashed in on the money line as slight favorites (-120) while the under was the play in that the total was a push in that the total was set at 10 runs. This will be the 2nd meeting of the year amongst these two squads as the Brewers took a 3-game road set at Target Field on 5-20-2018.
Minnesota Twins's Latest Performance :
The Minnesota Twins come into this game losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. Recently, the Twins would fall in a 3-game home set versus the Texas Rangers despite winning the finale by a 2-0 score. They would also go on to lose a 3-game road set against the Chicago White Sox on 6-28-2018, despite picking up the 2-1 victory in the finale. The Twins would lose in game 1 of a 3-game road set to the Cubs on Friday night by a 10-6 score.
For the season, the Twins are averaging 4.15 runs per game (21st) with a team batting average of .235 (26th), 79 homers (24th) along with 27 stolen bases (27th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.25 (20th) with 710 strikeouts (14th) along with 33 quality starts on the year (19th).
Eduardo Escobar (.279 BA on 287 AB), Joe Mauer (.264 BA on 182 AB), Max Kepler (.221 BA on 267 AB), and Brian Dozier (.219 BA on 306 AB) have been consistent within the Twins offense this season; However, Eddie Rosario (.312 BA on 308 AB) has been instrumental in their offensive attack as well.
Pitcher Kyle Gibson (2-6, 95.2 IP, 38 R, 79 H, 10 HR, 40 BB, 93 SO, 3.48 ERA) and Jose Berrios (8-6, 107.1 IP, 42 R, 83 H, 14 HR, 24 BB, 111 SO, 3.52 ERA) have led the Twins pitching staff thus far. Jake Odorizzi (3-5, 85.2 IP, 47 R, 84 H, 14 HR, 39 BB, 88 SO, 4.62 ERA) has also been solid for Minnesota this year.
Milwaukee Brewers's Latest Performance :
The Brewers have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-1-1. Recently, the Brewers would go on to tie a 4-game home set versus the St. Louis Cardinals on 6-24-2018 while also tying their next series, a 2-game home set versus the Royals on 6-27-2018. They would also win the first 2 games of a 4-game road set versus the Cincinnati Reds by outscoring them 14-6 in 2 contests.
For the season, the Brewers are averaging 4.41 runs per game (16th) with a team batting average of .247 (13th), 104 homers (9th), and 63 stolen bases on the year (3rd). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.44 (4th) with 712 strikeouts (11th), along with 26 quality starts (28th).
Lorenzo Cain (.291 BA on 265 AB), Ryan Braun (.245 BA on 212 AB), Travis Shaw (.240 BA on 262 AB), and Domingo Santana (.249 BA on 189 AB) have been the most consistent offensive weapons for the Brewers this season.
Jhoulys Chacin (6-3, 92 IP, 42 R, 83 H, 7 HR, 40 BB, 71 SO, 3.82 ERA) has been a bright spot for this Brewer pitching staff this season. Brent Suter (8-5) has also been instrumental for the Brewers this season as he has pitched 88.1 innings while allowing 43 runs on 84 hits, 14 homers, 18 walks, and 73 strikeouts for the season.
How Minnesota Twins & Milwaukee Brewers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Twins are 42-36 ATS while the O/U is 36-39-3. On the other hand, the Brewers are 47-34 ATS while the O/U is 32-46-3.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The pitchers for both teams have not been named, however, the Brewers are attempting to erect themselves after a string of lackluster performances that caused them to lose 11 of their last 21 games, overall. Thanks in large part to a current skid by the Cubs, the Brewers continue to occupy the top spot in the division, however, the Twins have much to play for in this matchup. They are sitting in 2nd place within the AL Central division yet they have lost 8 of their last 14 games and desperately need a win in which to stay competitive. Expect an outstanding series to where both teams will certainly be looking to take advantage of every opportunity in which to pull out an all-important win.
Against The Spread Selection: Game 1, Game 2: Milwaukee Brewers
My reason for the pick :
As stated, the pitchers have not been assigned as of this point, however, it would be important to note that the Brewers have played well against the Twins in their recent matchups. Combine this with the fact that the Brewers have won 11 of their last 18 home games including 2 of their last 3, I would expect the Brewers who, at the time, certainly possess the most momentum of the two, to come out focused to get the home win. The Twins are only 4-7 on the road in their last 11 games and with the offense only averaging 2.5 runs in their last 5 outings while the pitching staff surrendering an average of almost 4 runs per game during this time, I certainly expect the Brewers to come out strong in this series winning both games 1 and 2. Also, the Brewers are averaging 5 runs per game in their last 3 outings while their staff has given up 10 runs in their last 3 contests. Again, expect the Brewers to gain some momentum from picking up wins both on Monday and Tuesday.
Totals Selection: Game 3: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The pitching staffs for both teams have been shaky lately in allowing over 7 runs combined in their last few outings. In fact, the over has been the play in 3 of the Brewers last 4 games while it has been the result in 6 of their last 12 games. Of course, with the struggles that both these teams have experienced both on the mound and at the plate lately, one can never tell as to which team will show up, however, with a shaky pitching staff along with streaky hitters within their respective lineups, I would expect the over to be the play in the finale on Sunday. Besides, I am sure that the Twins will certainly look to exploit the opposing pitching staff after some very miserable outings at the plate while the Brewers hope to continue their success against a staff that has been very generous at the mound lately.
Betting trends for Minnesota Twins:
- Betting Trends for Minnesota Twins
- The Twins are 4-7 in last 11 road games
- The Under is 5-3 in Twins last 8 road games
- The Twins are 2-5 in last 7 games
Betting trends for Milwaukee Brewers:
- Betting Trends for Milwaukee Brewers
- The Brewers 3-5 in last 8 home games
- The Under is 12-10 in Brewers last 22 home games
- The Brewers are 8-6 in last 14 games