San Francisco Giants vs. Milwaukee Brewers Free Pick - 8/5/13
Milwaukee Brewers (46-64) at San Francisco Giants (49-60)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
Tyler Thornburg (R) (1-0) (2.220) vs. Chad Gaudin (R) (5-2) (2.640)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -157 / Milwaukee Brewers +145 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Milwaukee, CSN Bay
The San Francisco Giants look to right the ship when the Milwaukee Brewers pay a visit.
Milwaukee is in spoiler mode from here on out and played that role perfectly Sunday with their 8-5 victory over visiting Washington. That ended a three game skid behind a late scoring burst in a spirited come from behind victory which obviously hasn't happened nearly enough in 2013. The bats needed a big game with the defense and relief corps coming up short. Starter Kyle Lohse gave up three runs (two earned) in five frames, with the relief corps allowing two more. The Brewers got plenty of mileage on eight hits and two BB with Jeff Bianchi and Juan Francisco driving in five runs. Milwaukee opens the series with Tyler Thornburg on the hill Monday who makes his second straight start after six stints out of the bull pen. Thornburg is hoping to duplicate his first start where he tossed six scoreless innings in a 3-2 victory over the Cubs.
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San Francisco looked as if they were poised to go on a run with three consecutive victories, but it was not to be with the Giants losing their next two after Sunday's 4-3 defeat at Tropicaa Field. The Giants have been a strong second half team in the past few years but 2013 has that 'it's not their year' feel to it with inconsistency rearing it's head in most areas. Neither the pitching or offense were strong enough Sunday with Guillermo Moscoso giving up three runs on four hits and four bases on balls through 4.1 innings pitched. The offense mustered nine hits and walked once with Brandon Crawford pacing the attack with a two run triple. Chad Gaudin hopes to continue his winning ways when he squares off with the visiting Brewers on Monday. Gaudin has won three of four in which he allowed a combined two runs over 19 innings in the victories.
Going strictly by the records, San Francisco is the better team but not by much. Thornburg is somewhat of a mystery, but is Gaudin worth the price on a team that is quite honestly not good? Of course the Brewers aren't good either so there is a lot of risk in backing either so I'll back the home team and put my money else where...