The Milwaukee Brewers (33-39) and Cincinnati Reds (39-32) will open up a three-game National League Central series on Monday night at the Great American Ball Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET

Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds

Ryan Braun is one of the hottest hitters in baseball

Milwaukee ended interleague play with a 6-9 record, dropping a 1-0 road contest to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon.  “We had plenty of chances,” stated Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.  Outfielder Ryan Braun continues to be a bright spot offensively, hitting in 18 straight games, batting .347 with six home runs over that stretch.  He has been protected in the lineup by third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who has an eight-game hitting streak of his own.  Milwaukee is 3-8 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season.

Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (6-5, 4.22 ERA) has watched the club win his last three efforts, including an 8-3 home win over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, giving up three runs and seven hits over 6.2 frames.  The right-hander has garnered a 3-3 record and 4.69 ERA in seven road starts, surrendering just three home runs in 40.1 combined frames.  In 12 career starts versus the Reds, Gallardo has gone 4-3 with a 5.13 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 3.59 ERA in seven outings at this ball park.

Cincinnati has suffered five losses in its last six games, falling 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon, which was a heartbreaking loss due to taking the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning.  “That was a tough one to lose,” stated Reds manager Dusty Baker.  Closer Aroldis Chapman has fallen flat over his last seven outings, posting an 0-4 mark and allowing eight earned runs over that span.  Cincinnati is 9-6 as a home favorite of -125 to -150 this year.

Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos (5-2, 5.20 ERA) has led the club to five wins in his last six outings, failing to register a decision in a 10-9 road loss to the Cleveland Indians in his latest effort, allowing seven runs and eight hits over four frames.  The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.91 ERA in eight home outings, surrendering 11 home runs in 50.2 frames.  In two career starts versus the Brewers, Latos has tallied an 0-2 record and 4.63 ERA.

Bettors will likely back the Brewers due to their 4-1 record in series openers, while the Reds are 4-12 on Mondays.

Pick:  Milwaukee Brewers +119

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