The Milwaukee Brewers are a sizzling 19-3 in their last 22 outings despite Thursday’s 5-1 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers that snapped a six-game winning streak.
The Brewers will attempt to start another winning streak Friday when they open a three-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Most offshore sports books monitored by the SportsOptions odds product opened the Brewers as $1.45 road favorites, with the total set at eight ‘under’ (minus $1.15).
Milwaukee scored its lone run in Thursday’s game against the Dodgers in the ninth inning, so the club still has not been blanked at home this season.
Nevertheless, the Brewers still own baseball’s best home ledger at 47-16.
Baseball bettors have certainly noticed the hot streak that has allowed the Brewers to open a seven game lead over the second-place St. Louis Cardinals. That’s especially true for ‘chalk’ players, as Milwaukee has closed in the role of a favorite during its last seven endeavors.
The Brewers have been getting it done with a pitching staff that took a 2.16 ERA into Thursday’s outing. The staff has been even better during the six-game winning streak, compiling a 0.82 ERA. Additionally, the bullpen hadn’t allowed a run over 19 2/3 innings in the last nine games prior to Thursday’s contest.
The powerful pitching has come at a perfect time because Milwaukee’s offense has not scored more than three runs in seven consecutive outings. Not surprisingly, the ‘under’ has cashed on each occasion. In fact, the ‘under’ is 18-8-1 in the Brewers’ last 27 encounters.
It is also worth noting that Milwaukee’s next 10 games will occur against teams with losing records before a three-game set with the Cardinals begins Aug. 30.
The first such contest is set for Friday when the Brewers begin a three-game series against a New York Mets team that is three games below .500 and 20 games behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East.
The Mets have dropped 10 of their last 15 games since the calendar flipped to August. They are returning home for this three-game set after going 2-4 during a six-game West Coast trip through Arizona and San Diego. The last three contests against the Padres all leaped ‘over’ the closing total, leaving the ‘over’ 9-3 in the Mets’ last 12 games.
Returning home might not be a good thing for a Mets team that is 3-7 in its last 10 efforts at Citi Field and 25-32 there overall this season.
Friday’s pitching matchup features Milwaukee’s Shawn Marcum (10-3, 3.50 ERA) against New York’s Michael Pelfry (6-9, 4.58).
The Brewers are 13-12 in Marcum’s first 25 starts this season, while the Mets are a dismal 9-16 in Pelfry’s 25 trips to the mound. The ‘under’ is 15-9-1 when Marcum has taken the ball for the Brewers. The ‘over’ is 7-0 in Pelfry’s last seven assignments and 14-9-2 overall.
Pelfrey was forced to leave his last start on Saturday against the Diamondbacks after taking a liner off of his elbow in the fifth inning. He did pitch one-third of an inning in relief three days later against the Padres and was charged with one run on two hits during an eight-pitch effort.
Marcum has started against the Mets once this season (June 7) but was not involved in the decision after blanking the New Yorkers on two hits through six innings. The righty walked four and fanned one during the 108-pitch effort. The Brewers wound up suffering a 2-1 loss as hefty $1.75 home favorites.
Pelfry was not involved in the decision during his lone start against the Brewers this season (June 8). The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits in 7 2/3 innings. He did not walk anybody and fanned two during the 116-pitch effort. The Mets went on to suffer a 7-6 setback as $1.45 road underdogs.