Giants vs. Brewers (September 8 DH Game 1): Brew Crew needs Burnes’ best to boost playoff bid
At this point of the MLB season, all games and series are important for the teams who are chasing either a division title or a playoff spot. But for the flailing Milwaukee Brewers, today’s doubleheader against San Francisco Giants is near the very top of the list.
The Brewers are back home today after going 2-5 on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, the two worst teams in the NL West.
In an 18-game stretch against under .500 opposition, Milwaukee is just 6-7 so far, with today’s twinbill and a weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds remaining.
As a result, they are now four games behind the San Diego Padres for the final NL wild-card spot, and with eight games against the Cardinals, Mets, and Yankees coming up starting next Tuesday, these next five games over four days are all must-win contests.
San Francisco Giants vs. Milwaukee Brewers Matchup Information and Betting Odds
- Matchup: San Francisco Giants (65-70, 28-36 away, 3rd in the NL West) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (71-65, 35-26 home, 2nd in the NL Central)
- Venue & Location: American Family Field (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
- Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022
- Game Time: 4:10 p.m. Eastern Time (3:10 p.m. local time)
- Giants vs. Brewers TV Info: MLB Network
Giants vs. Brewers Pitching Matchup
- San Francisco: LHP Scott Alexander (2022: 5 appearances, 0-0, 1.69 ERA)
- Milwaukee: RHP Corbin Burnes (2022: 27 starts, 9-6, 3.02 ERA)
Giants vs. Brewers Odds
- San Francisco Giants +176
- Milwaukee Brewers -210
- Over 7 (-128)
- Under 7 (+104)
- San Francisco Giants +1.5 (-142)
- Milwaukee Brewers -1.5 (+118)
San Francisco Giants vs. Milwaukee Brewers Prediction and Best Bets
Giants vs. Brewers Prediction: Brewers to win
Giants vs. Brewers Best Bets: Brewers -1.5 (Best Value: +118 at FanDuel)
The Brewers could really benefit from Corbin Burnes rediscovering his best this afternoon.
Milwaukee has won four of the last five games that he has started, but it hasn’t been because he has been great.
Since allowing one run in seven innings against the Cardinals on August 13, Burnes has a 7.29 ERA. In just 21 innings, he has allowed 17 runs, 26 hits, and eight walks and struck out only 19 batters.
As a result, his ERA has jumped from 2.39 to 3.02, and he is now +15000 to win the NL Cy Young Award.
But as mentioned, Milwaukee is 4-1 in his last five starts, so his struggles aren’t why the team has fallen off. But he isn’t the only struggling or inconsistent starter in their rotation, and their once-vaunted bullpen has dropped into the bottom half of the league in ERA.
That puts a lot of pressure on the bats to perform, and when they perform, the outcome has typically been favorable, as the Brewers are 51-15 when scoring five or more runs. That includes an 11-0 mark in starts by Burnes.
But they are just 20-50 when they score fewer than five runs, including a 6-10 in games that Burnes has started.
Fortunately, the Giants are not very good against right-handed pitching.
Batting Splits for the San Francisco Giants
- Batting average vs. RHP: .229
- Batting average vs. LHP: .246
- Batting average in games started by RHP: .231
- Batting average in games started by LHP: .240
- Runs per game in games started by RHP: 4.26
- Runs per game in games started by LHP: 4.85
So, we should see Burnes closer to his best today. And if that is the case, the percentages favor the Brewers covering the run line.
Milwaukee is 17-10 in games that Burnes has started this season, with 11 wins (64.7 percent) coming by 2+ runs. That includes five of eight wins (62.5) in his home starts.
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