Milwaukee Brewers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Two teams looking to claw their way back to .500 face off as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are -125 favorites over the Dodgers with an over/under total set at 7 runs.
The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t looking like much of a contender, as they haven’t shown the ability to win consistently. The Dodgers have lost their last two games, are 4-6 in their last 10 games, and 10-11 at home this season. As a team Los Angeles is hitting .256 with Andre Ethier at .346, Matt Kemp at .329, and Jamey Carroll at .319. The Dodgers pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.02 with the starters at 3.52 and the bullpen struggling at 5.23. For game one against the Milwaukee, Los Angeles starts Jon Garland who has just one win this year. For the season Garland has allowed 27 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 21 in 32 innings of work.
The Milwaukee Brewers have been a team of streaks this year and right now they are on a winning streak. The Brewers have won their last three, are 6-4 in their last 10 games, but are 6-15 on the road this year. As a team Milwaukee is hitting .258 with Ryan Braun hitting .309, Rickie Weeks hitting .296, Prince Fielder hitting .280, and Casey McGehee hitting .277. The Brewers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.03 with the starters at 4.14 and the bullpen at 3.81. For game one in Los Angeles Milwaukee starts Shaun Marcum who is proving to be a valuable addition this season. For the year Marcum has allowed 42 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 50 in 49.2 innings of work.
Los Angeles is 2-5 in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 2-7 in their last nine games against a right-handed starter, and 1-6 in Garland’s last seven starts. Milwaukee is 4-1 in their last five games overall, 1-5 in their last six road games against a team with a losing record, and 5-2 in Marcum’s last seven starts. Milwaukee has lost the last four meetings of these two.
While the Dodgers are home Milwaukee is hot and Marcum is hot as well. I’ll take the Brewers minus 125.
Milwaukee Brewers -125 Los Angeles Dodgers