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The San Diego Padres are looking to get back on track against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
Brewers hoping to turn things around
Following a deep run in the playoffs, the Brewers have once again gotten off to another strong start that has seen them in the mix for the postseason. This has been fueled by their balanced offensive attack this season that has been led by the stellar play of reigning NL MVP outfielder Christian Yelich, who is on pace to completely surpass that this year as he’s batting .342 with a league-best 26 home runs along with 56 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 63 games played this year. This has him on pace to hit 60 home runs along with 130 RBI, and 130 runs scored, which would be career-best numbers across the board. Yelich is already off to a blazing start this month as he’s hitting a remarkable .479 with five home runs, 11 RBI, and 12 runs scored. His production has been the anchor in the middle of the batting order that fueled their strong start.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 15, 2019
Yelich’s production has him on pace to earn a second straight NL MVP award with his primary competition being the Los Angeles Dodgers star outfielder Cody Bellinger, who is off to a career-best campaign. Meanwhile, the team has received a strong level of production from second baseman Mike Moustakas, who has put together a strong year as he’s batting .280 with 21 home runs, and 45 RBI on the season. In the last week, Moustakas has been a major factor in the last week currently hitting .333 with two home runs, four RBI, and five runs scored over that span. Although right-handerJhoulys Chacin has struggled this season holding a 3-7 record with a 5.74 ERA, he will have a strong level of run support behind him in Monday’s tilt. This will be his first start off the 10-day injured list, which should see him possibly be limited on a pitch count or innings. All of this seemingly should push things in favor of the Brewers on the road.
Padres hitting a skid
The Padres have moved through this season hovering around the .500 mark on the year that has seen them struggle to break through at any point as that has continued on through the month of June. This has certainly been the case in the last couple of weeks as they have dropped seven out of their last 10 games played. This has seen them have much difficulty producing at the plate this season as they are currently 21st in run scored, 24th in hits, 28th in doubles, 24th in batting average, and 19th in slugging percentage. They have had a lack of offensive production from their core group that has seen star third baseman Manny Machadohave his struggles this year as he’s batting .261 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI on the season. Machado has picked it up in the last week as he’s batting .476 with three home runs, five RBI and nine runs scored.
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— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 16, 2019
However, outfielder Hunter Renfroe has stepped up with what has been a breakout year with .256 batting average with 23 home runs, 43 RBI, and a .647 slugging percentage. Renfroe is just two games removed from hitting three home runs and driving in five runs against the Colorado Rockies. This has pushed him on pace to hit 52 home runs with 97 RBI. His production has been key in keeping the Padres afloat as his play has been key this year. The Padres have been in the middle of the pack on the mound that has seen their starting rotation have its share of issues this year. The Padres are currently 13th in ERA with their rotation, but it has seen them go through tough stretches. Through his first 13 starts of the year, left-hander Joey Lucchesi as he holds a 5-4 record with a 4.11 ERA. Lucchesi is coming off a loss against the San Francisco Giants giving up two runs on five hits in 6.0 innings pitched. Given the Brewers’ strong offensive production, this will be highly important for Lucchesi to put together a strong start outing at home to push San Diego past Milwaukee.
- Padres are 5-11 in Lucchesi’s last 16 starts against a team with a winning record.
- Padres are 3-7 in Lucchesi’s last 10 home starts against a team with a winning record.
- Padres are 2-5 in Lucchesi’s last seven starts with four days of rest.
- Brewers are 20-7 in their last 27 Monday games.
- Brewers are 36-17 in their last 53 during Game 1 of a series.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Brewers have hit a bit of a rut over the last several days, but this matchup against the Padres should get them back in the right direction. Milwaukee’s potent offense should get the best of Lucchesi on the road as he has struggled in the month of June holding a 4.91 ERA. Keep in mind, the Brewers are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in San Diego.
Prediction: Milwaukee +126
Full-Game Total Pick
This is a matchup against a pair of pitchers that have each had their fair share of issues on the mound this season. It should continue on Monday night with each of their respective lineups teeing off on each other. The over is also 5-0 in the last five meetings between both teams.
Prediction: Over 8