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Fresh off three straight victories, the Milwaukee Brewers will continue their series in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Friday’s game, which is set to start at 9:40 P.M ET, will be Game 2 of their series. Milwaukee won Game 1 by a 5-1 final score.
Milwaukee is in a Fight For Division Title
The Milwaukee Brewers have won three straight games to improve their record to 51-47 on the season. Right now, they’re wrapped up in a vicious battle for the NL Central crown, trailing the Chicago Cubs by two games and leading the St. Louis Cardinals by a half-game. Moving forward, this is going to be one of the most exciting races to watch.
Of course, the one thing about the Brewers that really sticks out is their offense. Since the break, they’re hitting .287 as a team with 40 runs scored (7 games). Unsurprisingly, last year’s MVP (Christian Yelich) is doing his fair share to contribute. He’s homered three times in the second half while hitting .345. Rather surprisingly, though, another hitter has the best numbers on the team so far, and that’s Keston Hiura, a relatively unknown rookie.
Keston Hiura's 8th homer of the year went out deeeeeeep to center for the #Brewers.
Exit velocity: 106.2 mph
Launch angle: 31 degrees
Distance: 419 feet pic.twitter.com/gku1R4J0AJ
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 13, 2019
Hiura is hitting a ridiculous .555 in seven games! He’s collected 15 hits in just 27 at-bats, including two homers, seven RBIs, and a team-high 28 total bases.
D-Backs Hanging Tight in Wild Card Race
Although they lost Game 1 to Milwaukee, the Arizona Diamondbacks are hanging tight. They’re currently one game above .500 with a 49-48 record, putting them just 1.5 games back of the final NL Wild Card spot. Since they’re in the same division as the Dodgers, an NL West title is out of the question so the wild card is their only likely route to the postseason.
Getting to the playoffs has also become a bit easier for the D-Backs recently, as they just activated super utilityman Wilmer Flores from the IL. Flores, who can play all over the place, hasn’t played since late May but before getting injured, he hit .281 in 40-plus games.
🚨 ATTENTION @Dbacks Fans: WILMER FLORES CONTENT🚨
End 4️⃣ pic.twitter.com/gd7UVNHL3X
— Los Corazones de Reno (@Aces) July 16, 2019
From the pitching side of things, they have a solid rotation and bullpen. Since the break, they’ve combined for a sub-3.00 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .213 batting average. Also fresh off the IL, Taylor Clarke will get the ball on Friday. He hasn’t contributed to the staff’s solid performance since the break and frankly, he hasn’t been great this season. In 42 innings, he has an ERA north of 6.00.
- 1-6 in their last 7 games vs. Milwaukee.
- 5-0 in their last 5 games vs. Arizona.
- 3-1 in their last 4 road games vs. Arizona.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Despite the fact that we’re laying a little juice on the road here, the Milwaukee Brewers are red hot right now. They have all the momentum you could ask for and their starter, Jhoulys Chacin, is WAY overdue for some run support. Over the course of his last three starts, the Brewers have gone 0-3 but Chacin has allowed just four earned runs in 16 innings pitched. That’s gotta flip sooner or later, and with the way their offense has been going, I know it starts Friday night.
Prediction: Milwaukee Brewers -120
Full-Game Total Pick
As I’ve talked about already, the Brewers are killing the ball offensively. And when they face Taylor Clarke on Friday, their eyes are going to light up. Clarke, besides the fact that he’s been very hittable recently (8.49 ERA last three starts), has spent the last few weeks on the IL. He’s going to be rusty and the Brewers are going to tee off. If Arizona can chip in a few of their own runs, which shouldn’t be a problem, this game should fly over 10.
Prediction: Over 10