Brewers vs Giants, Sept. 2
These two heavyweights will finish their series finale today in a potential playoff preview. So far in the head-to-head series, the Brewers lead the Giants 3-2. The Brewers are sitting pretty comfortably at the top of their division, while the Giants have the Dodgers breathing down their necks, which is somewhat a relief seeing as the Padres have basically fallen off the radar and are quickly losing hopes of making the playoffs. With that said, these games mean a bit more to the Giants who need to keep piling up the wins to stay ahead of the ever-dangerous Dodgers. Can Milwaukee round into form and build on some quality wins vs a future playoff team? Will the Giants be able to consistently put together wins to finish the year strong and beat out the Dodgers to claim the NL West?
Home Sweet Home: Giants
It’s no secret that the Giants love playing at home and their record shows that. They have doubled their wins and sit 21 games over .500 at home at 42-21. With that said, Milwaukee has been their kryptonite thus far, beating the Giants in their two home games played in this head-to-head series. Logan Webb takes the mound and if someone can turn it around for the Giants at home, it is Webb. Logan has been an absolute stud for the Giants over the past two months. Webb has only allowed 10 runs in as many starts for the Giants and they have gone 9-1 in those games. The catch here, however, is that the one loss in those 10 starts was to this Brewers team. Webb has also been an unders machine, with his last eight starts having all gone under and is 11-4 on the under in his last 15 starts.
Road Warriors: Brewers
The Brewers have been a top road team in the league this season and that has allowed them to sit comfortably atop the NL central for months now. The Brewers sit with a road record of 45-23. Lauer takes the hill for the Brewers today and he, like Webb, has also been solid over the past two months. Lauer has allowed 17 runs in his past 10 starts and the Brewers have gone 6-4 in those games. Despite his recent success, Lauer has not seen action against this Giants team up until this point this season and the Giants do hit the lefty pretty well, as they hold a combined .290 average against him over 68 at bats. Though the damage has not led to too many runs, we all know that can change very quickly when you give up a lot of hits and get a lot of runners on base. The Brewers are going to need Lauer to be on his game to end this series with a win.
Giants vs. Brewers: The Pick
These teams come in equally matched in this one; both offenses can pile up the runs and shut the door quickly, and the pitching for both sides has been tops in the league. It’s games like these where there is no clear side, yet the total is the clear play, specifically the first five. The play here is the first five which is under four. Both pitchers have been on their game and scoring should come at a premium early in this one.