Milwaukee Brewers (57-45) vs San Francisco Giants (51-50)Date : 07/26/2018
Time : 10:15 pm EST
Location : AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Milwaukee Brewers vs San Francisco Giants
Game 1 of a 4-game set versus the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Francisco Giants will take place at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on Thursday beginning at 10:15 pm EST. The Brewers remain in 2nd place within the NL Central division, but, how long remains to be seen as they have found themselves on the losing end of far too many contests lately while the Giants are in 4th place within the NL West, looking to make a run for the 3rd spot held by the Rockies. In their next to last outing, the Brewers would drop a 3-game home set to the Dodgers by losing the finale by an 11-2 score on 7-22-2018. The Dodgers would cash in on the money line as favorites (-129) while the over was the play in that the total was set at 8.5 runs for the game. Alex Wood (6-5) would go on to pitch 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.87 for the game while Brent Suter (8-7) took the loss the Milwaukee in lasting 3 innings while allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and 2 homers with a 4.80 ERA for the game. The Brewers would go on, however, to pick up a win against the falling Washington Nationals on 7-23-2018 by a 6-1 score at Miller Park.
The Giants would lose a heartbreaker on the road against the red-hot Oakland Athletics on 7-22-2018 by a 6-5 score. The A’s would cash in on the money line (-130) while the over was the play in that the total number of runs were set at 8.5 for the game. Austin Slater was 3-4 with an RBI for the Giants in the loss while Andrew McCutchen and Alex Hansen both had a hit with an RBI apiece. Nick Hundley was 2-2 in the loss as well. Johnny Cueto picked up the no decision as he was knocked around, once again, early in this matchup. He could end up pitching 7 innings while allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 homers with an ERA of 2.76. Sean Manaea also got the no decision for the A’s as he pitched 6.2 innings while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.38. Khris Davis was 2-4 for Oakland with 3 RBI’s in the victory. The disappointing loss was the 2nd straight for San Francisco.
Milwaukee Brewers 's Latest Performance :
The Brewers have lost 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2. They would not only lose a 5-game road set to the Pirates on 7-15-2018, but, would go back home to drop a 3-game set versus the Dodgers on 7-22-2018. Nonetheless, they would come out much better offensively in the opener of a 3-game home set versus the Nationals and would get the 6-1 victory on 7-23-2018.
For the season, the Brewers are averaging 4.33 runs per game (19th) with a team batting average of .246 (16th), 126 homers (11th), and 81 stolen bases on the year (1st). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.64 (5th) with 889 strikeouts (8th), along with 31 quality starts (28th).
Lorenzo Cain (.290 BA on 314 AB), Ryan Braun (.229 BA on 245 AB), Travis Shaw (.243 BA on 329 AB), and Christian Yelich (.302 BA on 334 AB) have been the most consistent offensive weapons for the Brewers this season.
Jhoulys Chacin (9-3, 120.2 IP, 52 R, 100 H, 9 HR, 47 BB, 97 SO, 3.58 ERA) has been a bright spot for this Brewer pitching staff this season. Chase Anderson (6-7) has also been instrumental for the Brewers this season as he has pitched 108.2 innings while allowing 48 runs on 88 hits, 19 homers, 42 walks, and 87 strikeouts for the season with an ERA of 3.81.
San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :
The Giants come into this matchup losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2. Recently, after winning a huge home series against the Chicago Cubs on 7-11-2018, the Giants would follow this up with a 3-game home loss to the red-hot Oakland Athletics on 7-15-2018 to end the 1st half of the season. They would not get revenge on the A’s in their 3-game road set at Oakland Alameda following the All-Star break as they would once again drop the set due to a 6-5 rally by Oakland in the finale on 7-22-2018.
For the season, the Giants are averaging 4.08 runs per game (23rd) with a team batting average of .251 (12th), 95 homers (25th) along with 40 stolen bases (21st). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.98 (14th) with 788 (23rd) along with 42 quality starts (18th).
Brandon Belt (.282 BA on 305 AB) and Buster Posey (.283 BA on 311 AB) have been the most consistent hitters for the Giants this year. Andrew McCutchen (.259 BA on 363 AB) and Brandon Crawford (.284 BA on 341 AB) has also been solid at the plate for San Francisco.
Chris Stratton (8-6, 96.2 IP, 57 R, 103 H, 11 HR, 36 BB, 70 SO, 4.93 ERA) has been the most consistent pitcher on the mound for the Giants this season. Derek Holland (5-8, 4.06 ERA, 102 IP, 50 R, 95 H, 13 HR, 38 BB, 105 K’s) has also been serviceable in the Giants rotation as they have had to deal with injuries related to their top-level pitchers all season.
How Milwaukee Brewers & San Francisco Giants Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Giants are 54-47 ATS while the O/U is 47-50-4. On the other hand, the Brewers are 54-48 ATS while the O/U is 45-54-3.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
No pitchers have been assigned for this matchup as it relates to either team, however, it is plain to see that both these teams are struggling offensively and defensively and are badly in need of a win. Both are a combined 9-20 in their last 29 games while the Brewers are close to being overtaken for the coveted 2nd place slot within their respective division by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are playing stellar baseball at this time of season. While Milwaukee has had problems on both sides, as stated, the Giants pitching has only allowed their opponents an average of 2.9 runs per game in their last 10. However, the offense has only put up an average of 3.2 runs during this time. It would stand up to reasoning that with the way in which the Brewers have struggled at the plate lately, it would be a great time for the Giants pitching to further exert themselves on the hill. On the other hand, it will also provide their offense a chance in which to get some hits and, most importantly, put some potential runs on the board, considering the awful way in which the Brewers staff has pitched lately (minus Chacin). In all, it will be interesting to see exactly how these two struggling teams approach each other after a rough patch of outings recently.
Against The Spread Selection: Games 1, 2, & 3: San Francisco Giants/Game 4: Milwaukee Brewers
My reason for the pick :
While I will not go so far as to say that the Brewers have thrown in the towel this season, I must say that with the way in which they have performed lately, one has to believe that something good has to happen before this team will begin to really feel the pressure. They have not won a series in 2 weeks and since their last series win at home versus the Braves on 7-8-2018, they have lost 3 straight series to where they were outscored by a total of 59-40. I happen to believe that the Giants are welcoming the site of the reeling Brewers to AT&T Park, as they have also struggled at the plate recently. In all, the Giants are 31-19 at home this year and I expect they will exhibit their dominance over the Brewers throughout this series. Again, I will not go so far as to say that a sweep is imminent, however, the Giants will definitely win this set outright.
I will back the Brewers in one of these matchups in that they do possess one pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin, that has been consistent all year long for Milwaukee. It is on the strength of his performances in the past that I believe that the Brewers will indeed salvage the series in a tough, hard-fought victory; However, the win will not come easy as the Giants will certainly have gain much confidence at the plate leading up to the finale. Nonetheless, while I am not sure as to when Chacin may grace the mound in this set, yet, as the rotation flows, it is highly possible that this could very well be in game 4 on Sunday. It is for this reason (and this reason only) that I will not back a sweep by the Giants.
Betting trends for Milwaukee Brewers :
- Betting Trends for San Francisco Giants
- The Giants are 6-7 in last 13 games
- The Giants are 12-7 in last 19 home games
- The Under is 9-7-1 in Giants last 17 home games
Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:
- Betting Trends for Milwaukee Brewers
- The Brewers are 1-7 in last 8 road games
- The Over is 5-2 in Brewers last 7 road games
- The Brewers are 3-10 in last 13 games