The San Francisco Giants (21-20) and Milwaukee Brewers (17-24) will open up a three-game National League series on Monday night at Miller Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 ET.
San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers
San Francisco was unable to earn its 12th consecutive home win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 6-2 contest to end its first interleague series of the 2012 MLB season. The Giants are a dismal 5-9 in the opening game of a series this year, but did manage two win a three-game home series against the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this month, with all three games being decided by three runs or less. San Francisco is 2-6 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, while the “over” is 6-2 in that situation.
Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (5-3, 3.10 ERA) has dropped his last two starts, with the offense providing just two runs of support over that span. The left-hander has tallied an even 2-2 record and 3.70 ERA in four road outings, serving up four home runs in 24.1 innings of work. In four career starts versus the Brewers, Bumgarner is 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA, issuing five free passes and striking out 23 in 28.1 frames.
Milwaukee collected 17 hits and scored a season-high in runs with a 16-4 blowout win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon, but the club still remains seven games below .500 with a quarter of the season now in the books. “We’ve had a rough go of it, so sometimes these days kind of catapult it,” stated Brewers outfielder Corey Hart. Fellow outfielder Ryan Braun has been doing his part at the plate, leading all NL players with 10 home runs since April 21. Milwaukee is 5-12 when the total is 8 to 8.5 this year, while the “over” is 11-6 in that situation.
Brewers starting pitcher Randy Wolf (2-4, 6.38 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last four outings, coming off an 8-3 road loss to the Houston Astros last time out. The left-hander is 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA in four home outings, giving up two home runs in 23 frames. In 21 career starts versus the Giants, Wolf has registered a winning 9-7 record and 2.99 ERA, but was handed a 5-2 road loss on May 5. He allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings in that effort.
Bettors will likely back the Giants due to their 11-4 record in Bumgarner’s last 15 starts, while the Brewers are 2-6 in Wolf’s last eight outings against NL West foes.
Pick: San Francisco Giants -103
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