Milwaukee Brewers vs. Houston Astros
The Milwaukee Brewers look to keep pace atop the National League Central as they host the Houston Astros.Â The Brewers are -215 favorites over the Astros with an over/under total set at 8 runs.
With no one running away with the National League Central, The Milwaukee Brewers find themselves right in the thick of things a half game back of first. The Brewers have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games, 5-2 at home, and have outscored their opponents 74-68. Offensively Milwaukee is hitting .262 with Prince Fielder hitting .368, Ryan Braun hitting .359, and Rickie Weeks hitting .273. As a team the Milwaukee pitching staff has an ERA of 3.21 with the starters at 3.07 and the bullpen at 3.48. For game one of the series Milwaukee sends their ace, Yovanni Gallardo, to the mound for the start. For the season Gallardo has allowed 26 hits and 13 runs while striking out 13 in 25.1 innings of work and while his numbers don’t look stellar, a lot of the damage was done in his last outing when he allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 5.1 innings of work.
The Houston Astros are in last place in the NL Central but as tightly packed as things are, they are just three game out of the lead. The Astros have gone 5-5 in their last 10, 3-6 on the road, and have been outscored 80-99 overall. As a team Houston is hitting .264 with Michael Bourn at .299, Brett Wallace at .290, and Hunter Pence at .280. As a staff Houston’s pitchers have an ERA of 4.52 with the starters at 4.92 and the bullpen at 3.68. For game one at Milwaukee Houston starts Nelson Figueroa. For the season Figueroa has allowed 25 hits and 18 runs while striking out 10 in 16 innings of work.
Milwaukee is 4-0 in their last four against the National League Central, 5-2 in their last seven games against a right handed starter, and 6-2 in Gallardo’s last eight starts. Houston is 4-1 in their last five games as an underdog, 4-10 in their last 14 against the NL Central, and 2-6 in their lat eight game one of a series. Milwaukee is 5-0 in Gallardo’s last five starts against Houston.
This game should be an easy win for the Brewers.Â I will take the Brewers despite the large money line of -215.Â I have lots of trust in Yovani Gallardo.
Milwaukee Brewers -215 Houston Astros
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