Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 7/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Brewers (38-49) at Cincinnati Reds (32-57)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
M Garza (1-2) (5.54) vs. A DeSclafani (3-0) (2.23)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -131/ Milwaukee Brewers +121 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, FSOH
Coming up in Friday MLB action from Great American Ball Park, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds will be kicking off their weekend series.
The Brewers finished the first half of the season at 38-49, while the Reds were slightly worse with a 32-57 record.
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Pitching for Milwaukee on Friday will be right-hander Matt Garza. In his five starts and 1-2 record this year, Garza has put up a 5.54 ERA with a 1.77 WHIP in 26 innings. In his last start against the Nationals, Garza flopped on eight hits and seven runs in 4.1 innings.
Luckily, the Brewers have a few aces at the plate. Jonathan Villar leads the team on 95 hits with 44 runs, six homers and 31 RBI. Jonathan Lucroy is up there with 89 hits, 42 runs, 11 homers and 42 RBI. Chris Carter has slapped a team-high 22 homers with 51 RBI, 68 hits and 41 runs, but is hitting a paltry .230 on the year.
Anthony DeSclafani will be making the start for the Reds on Friday. In his six starts and 2.23 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP this year, DeSclafani holds a 3-0 record over 36.1 total innings. In his last start against the Cubs, DeSclafani bagged a win with six innings, eight hits and three runs.
The Reds have a pretty good assortment of hitters on their top end. Jay Bruce heads the charge on 85 hits with 48 runs, 18 homers and 63 hits. Bruce Phillips has hit 83 times with 39 runs and 34 RBI. Zach Cozart has put up 82 hits with 50 runs, 14 homers and 38 RBI so far.
The Brewers are 3-7 in their last 10 overall, and 4-12 in their last 16 road games. Milwaukee is also 2-8 in Garza’s last 10 starts, and 0-4 in Garza’s last four road starts.
Meanwhile, the Reds are 33-71 in their last 104 overall, and 16-35 in their last 51 Friday games. Cincinnati is also 2-6 in their last eight against the National League Central, and 1-7 in their last eight home games.
I don’t trust Garza for much these days, so I’ll stick with DeSclafani and the Reds here.