Philadelphia Phillies vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 6/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Brewers (24-29) at Philadelphia Phillies (26-26)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
C Anderson (2-6) (5.00) vs. Jerad Eickhoff (2-7) (4.07)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -125 / Milwaukee Brewers +115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, FSWI
Thursday evening at Citizens Bank Park, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies will be opening up their series.
The Brewers are coming off an early-week set against the Cardinals. Milwaukee lost the first two games by a combined 13 runs, and in Wednesday’s finale, the Brewers prevented the sweep with a 3-1 victory.
As for the Phillies, they just finished up against the Nationals. Philadelphia dropped games one and two, and on Wednesday the Nationals scored four times in the sixth inning on the way to a 7-2 win and the sweep.
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For Thursday’s matchup, the Brewers will be going with right-hander Chase Anderson. In his 10 starts and 2-6 record this season, Anderson has put up a 5.00 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP in 54 total innings. On Saturday when we last saw him, Anderson held Cincinnati to one run in five innings for a no-decision.
The Milwaukee lineup has several notable players within. Jonathan Villar leads the way on 56 hits with 28 runs. Ryan Braun is right there as well on 32 RBI with 23 runs and 56 hits. Braun bagged two hits and an RBI on Wednesday. Jonathan Lucroy holds 53 hits with 28 RBI and 28 runs.
The Phillies will be countering with right-hander Jerad Eickhoff on Thursday. In his 10 starts and 2-7 record this season, Eickhoff holds a 4.07 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP in 59.2 total innings. On Saturday, Eickhoff took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings against the Cubs.
Philadelphia hasn’t quite gotten things together on offense this season, but we’ve seen a few flashes here and there. Odubel Herrera has 60 hits with 28 runs and 17 RBI. Freddy Galvis has 48 hits with 21 runs and 18 RBI. Maikel Franco has a team-high 28 RBI with 47 hits and 14 runs. Franco was out of the lineup on Wednesday, however.
The Brewers are 7-16 in their last 23 game ones of a series, and 2-8 in their last 10 Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are 7-17 in their last 24 Thursday games, and 1-4 in Eickhoff’s last five starts in game one of a series.
There’s not a whole lot to like in this game, but I’ll give Anderson and the Brewers the edge here based on Philly’s sketchy recent record.