Milwaukee Brewers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 5/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (12-15) at Milwaukee Brewers (11-15)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm (Miller Park)
H Santiago (2-1) (3.34) vs. Zach Davies (0-3) (8.78)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers +130 / Los Angeles Angels -140 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
Wednesday afternoon, Miller Park will come alive once again when the Los Angeles Angels and the Milwaukee Brewers finish up their early-week series.
This is the game-three finale of the set. In the opener on Monday, the Brewers struck first on an 8-5 victory. On Tuesday, the Angels had a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the third, but Milwaukee scored five unanswered runs to pull out a 5-4 win--despite getting out-hit by L.A. 9-7.
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In Wednesday’s game, the Angels will be brining out lefty Hector Santiago. Over five starts and a 2-1 record this year, Santiago holds a 3.34 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 32.1 innings of work. Things went a little rough for Santiago in his last appearance Friday against the Rangers, as he tallied four earned across 5.2 innings.
Helping out at the plate, we’ve got the usual crew of familiar Angels hitters. Mike Trout leads the charge, and he’s posted six homers, 20 RBI and 31 hits so far. Yunel Escobar is also hitting well with 31 hits and 13 runs. Albert Pujols has six homers with 17 RBI, but continues to struggle with his BA (.204) this season. Pujols did go 2-for-4 with an RBI on Tuesday, however.
Moving on over to the Brewers’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Zach Davies on the mound. Davies has lost all three starts this season, accumulating an 8.78 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP over 13.1 innings. Back on Friday when we last saw him, Davies was beat up for four runs over five innings in a loss to the Marlins.
In the batter’s box, the bulk of the Milwaukee lineup has been lukewarm this year. That said, team face Ryan Braun is playing well with 32 hits, 15 runs, five homers and 21 RBI. Braun got the night off Tuesday, as he’s been dealing with general soreness. Chris Carter is also swinging big with nine homers and 21 RBI. Carter bashed two homers on Tuesday. Scooter Gennett is sitting on the DL right now (oblique), but he’s still got four homers and 14 runs.
The Angels are 10-1 in Santiago’s last 11 starts, but just 1-9 in their last 10 interleague games. As for the Brewers, they’re 2-5 in Davies’ last seven starts, but 5-0 in their last five Wednesday games.
Judging by Davies’ body of work this season, I find it hard to side with the Brewers here. Santiago should be able to hold things together well enough for an Angels victory in the finale, preventing the sweep.