The Milwaukee Brewers (12-15) and San Francisco Giants (13-14) will close out a three-game National League series on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 ET
Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants
Milwaukee is guaranteed to finish its nine-game road trip with a sub-.500 record due to Saturday’s 5-2 defeat to San Francisco, but the team has concerns about its roster due to recent injuries. The Brewers lost first baseman Mat Gamel with a torn ACL in his right knee earlier in the week, while shortstop Alex Gonzalez may have suffered a significant right knee injury in yesterday’s affair. Offensively, the team was just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, as it will now try to even up its current 5-6 record against NL West foes before heading home. Milwaukee is 17-35 in its last 52 games as a road underdog.
Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum (1-1, 3.19 ERA) has watched the club fall in defeat in his last four starts, including a 2-0 setback on the road to the San Diego Padres in a no-decision effort. The right-hander allowed just three hits in tossing seven shutout innings in that contest. He will be making his fourth road start, posting an even 1-1 mark and 2.25 ERA, as opponents are hitting just .162 against him. In three career games versus the Giants, Marcum is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA, which includes earning a 4-2 win in his only effort at AT&T Park on July 22 of last year.
San Francisco snapped a season-high four-game losing streak with its recent victory, as the “under” has gone 5-1-1 in its last seven games overall. The Giants main problem to start the 2012 season is their lack of production with runners in scoring position, hitting just .202 in that situation coming into Saturday’s affair, which was the second-lowest mark behind the Oakland Athletics (.189). San Francisco is 12-5 in its last 17 games as a home favorite.
Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (1-2, 2.35 ERA) will look to snap a two-game losing streak and receive some support from the offense, as he’s received just three runs in those contests. The right-hander has tallied an even 1-1 mark and 0.69 ERA in three home starts, issuing just two walks and striking out 19 batters in 26 frames. in seven career games versus the Brewers, Cain is 2-5 with a 4.70 ERA, including an 0-2 mark and 6.00 ERA in two outings a year ago.
Bettors will likely back the Brewers due to their 4-1 record in Marcum’s last five starts on Sunday, while the Giants are 1-8 in Cain’s last nine starts as a favorite of -110 to -150.
Pick: Milwaukee Brewers +130
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