Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (2-0) at Milwaukee Brewers (0-2)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm (Miller Park)
J Samardzija (0-0) (0.00) vs. T Jungmann (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers +120 / San Francisco Giants -130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, CSN-BA
On Wednesday afternoon, we’re going to see a game three of the opening series between the San Francisco Giants and the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
The Giants trounced the Brewers by a score of 12-3 in game one of this series, scoring five runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach. Denard Span was the hero for San Francisco in that one, tallying five RBI and a pair of runs. Third baseman Matt Duffy had a nice outing for the Giants as well, with a 2-for-5 effort that yielded four RBI.
In game two on Tuesday, San Francisco once again emerged victorious, though only by a 2-1 margin. Shortstop Brandon Crawford helped get it done for the Giants, posting a double and a solo home run. Johnny Cueto was San Francisco’s winning pitcher, going seven innings with one earned.
Now let’s check out Wednesday’s starters for this game. The Giants will be trotting out Jeff Samardzija, who posted a 7.20 ERA in the spring. That bloated number shouldn’t be much to worry about. That said, Samardzija hasn’t posted a winning season since 2011 when he went 8-4 with the Cubs.
San Francisco has a pretty nice balance of speed and power in their lineup. Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt each have 20-homer potential this season, while leadoff-hitting outfielder Denard Span has the capability of stealing 20 bases for the Giants.
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Over on the Brewers’ side, they’ll be going with Taylor Jungmann on the hill. Jungmann had a couple of bumpy starts to end the spring, but should be able to return to 2015 form, during which he put up a 9-8 record with a 3.77 ERA.
The heart of the Milwaukee order features three players in Ryan Braun, Chris Carter and Domingo Santana who should be able to account for 70-75 homers by themselves. The Brewers also have some nice speed at the top of the lineup in Jonathan Villar, who ought to be able to flirt with 50 runs and 30 stolen bases this season.
This matchup features a few trends that are worth throwing out there. The Giants are 5-2 over their last seven game threes in a series, while they’re 10-19 in their last 29 road games.
As for the Brewers, they’re 0-5 in their last five home games and 2-7 in their last nine game threes in a series. Milwaukee is also 7-20 in their last 27 games overall.
I imagine Taylor Jungmann will come out and pitch pretty well in this one, and he’ll keep Milwaukee in the game. Jeff Samardzija and the Giants should get the win, however, as their lineup is simply too talented. San Francisco will be in position to earn the sweep in a close one.