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Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Diego Padres
Where and when: Petco Park, San Diego, California, Wednesday, 4:00 pm EST
The Milwaukee Brewers are in danger of relinquishing their first-place slot within the NL Central with yet another loss in a three-game opener versus the San Diego Padres on Monday night. They now look for a much-needed victory in the finale of a three-game set at Petco Park on Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm EST.
And while hits were certainly difficult to come by thanks to lights out pitching performances from Jhoulys Chacin along with Joey Lucchesi. However, the latter picked up the victory in the end in allowing just three hits in seven innings of play, including five strikeouts. Chacin went just 4 ⅔ frames while allowing the only two runs for the contest in what was his return to the mound after being on the 10-day injured list for back problems.
With the loss, the Brewers are only a half-game ahead of the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central division. Furthermore, in a division where all five teams are separated by only eight games, the Brewers certainly picked a terrible time to drop four of their last six games.
Just when the Padres were beginning to catch some momentum after winning three of their last four games, one of their stars in Manny Machado committed the cardinal sin by making contact an umpire in game two of their prior three-game set versus the Rockies. He will, however, be ready to play in the finale while a decision is being made on his appeal.
With that being said, the Padres continue to chase the second-place Colorado Rockies along with third-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West, as each team is only separated by just four games. After ending a series finale versus the Rockies with a loss, the Padres will now look to take the momentum of a win in game one and apply this to their future game two performance.
Machado had two hits along with an RBI in game one as the Padres could only muster just six hits on the night, compared with four for Milwaukee. However, the star of the night was on the mound as Lucchesi was solid in slowing down a Brewers offense that has slowed down increasing, as of late. Nonetheless, Christian Yelich has continued his assault at the plate as he has had a total of nineteen runs in his last ten games.
Strahm cleared after rib injury
Matt Strahm (2-6) will look to keep the pressure on the Milwaukee offense as he will pull his first start since injuring his ribs in a terrible outing versus the Colorado Rockies on June 13th. After allowing six earned runs in this game, he was put on the 10-day injured list, but, has now been upgraded to probable and will indeed start on Wednesday afternoon. His injury must have been a lingering one as he pitched just 4 ⅓ innings while giving up seven earned runs along with two home runs in a 9-3 home loss to the Miami Marlins on June 2nd.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 18, 2019
Strahm will be going up against a Milwaukee lineup that he has not had much experience facing in the past. Yelich has a hit versus the left-hander in only one at bat while Yasmani Grandal is hitless in four at bats while striking out three times. It will be interesting to see how he performs post-rib injury versus a Brewers squad that will be chomping at the bit to get it together at the plate in which to end their current skid.
Davies looking to avenge first loss of the season
Zack Davis (7-1) will face Strahm in game two after being humbled by the San Francisco Giants on June 14th in a 5-3 loss. He will now prepare to face a Padres team that he has had much success against in the past with Hunter Renfroe, Wil Myers, along with Manuel Margot each having a hit apiece of the right-hander in their last fourteen at bats, combined. Also, despite his last defeat, the Brewers are winners of four of their last six games with him on the mound.
We’ll be back tomorrow.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 18, 2019
Davies gave up the most runs on the hill this season versus the Giants, I will note. In fact, in his prior seven road outings, he allowed only an average of under one run per game (6 runs) in his starts away from Miller Park. Finally, the right-hander may not be pounding the strike zone for punchouts with an ERA of just 2.60 on the year, it can be said that the veteran is learning how to better utilize his pitch selection for the purpose of obtaining outs on the many batters that he has faced throughout his five-year career.
- SD is 1-4 last 5 Wednesday games.
- SD is 0-6 last 6 during game 3 of a series.
- MIL is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
- MIL 4-1 last 5 Wednesday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Brewers will definitely get back on track for this contest as I do not feel as if Strahm is healthy enough to provide the solid performance that the struggling Padres need in which to defeat their game two opponent. Davies will extinguish an already dismal offense for the Padres thoughout his time on the hill en route to the Brewers winning in grand fashion.
Prediction: Pick: Milwaukee Brewers
Full-Game Total Pick
The Brewers will certainly put some scores on the board early in this matchup. However, they will put out just enough on offense while getting yet another solid performance from Davies to pick up a low-scoring victory on Wednesday afternoon. In all, look for this contest to be a repeat of the opener to where both teams find it difficult to make contact at the plate.
Prediction: Pick: Under