The Arizona Diamondbacks (39-38) and Milwaukee Brewers (35-42) will close out a three-game National League Central series on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:10 ET

Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers 

Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo lands in a great spot Sunday afternoon

Arizona may have dropped a 10-2 decision to Milwaukee on Saturday night, but there’s reason for optimism in this particular affair, considering the club is 13-1 in its last 14 series-ending games.  “Just a game to forget,” stated Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson.  The Diamondbacks have been getting good production out of outfielder Justin Upton, hitting .467 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in an eight-game hitting streak that ended last night.  Arizona is 3-6 as a road underdog of +125 to +150 this season, with the “under” going 5-3 in those contests.

Diamondbacks starting pitcher Josh Collmenter (0-2, 4.80 ERA) will be making his 16th appearance (sixth start) of the 2012 campaign, but he’s failed to pitch more than four innings in his last two efforts.  The right-hander has yet to record a decision on the road in five outings (one start), giving up five runs and 16 hits over 14 frames.  In three career appearances (two starts) versus the Brewers, Collmenter has tallied a 1-0 record and 1.17 ERA.

Milwaukee has won just two of its last seven games, but outfielder Ryan Braun isn’t the cause of the team’s mediocrity this season, batting .313 with an NL-best 22 home runs and 55 RBIs.  “It’s been goo so far,” commented Braun after Saturday’s victory.  Through 72 games of the season, he is ahead of his statistical pace in numerous categories that earned him 2011 NL MVP honors.  The club is 19-19 at home this season, and 6-6-0 in series play.  Milwaukee is 3-9 when playing on Sunday, with the “over” going 8-4 in that situation.

Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 4.14 ERA) was handed a 3-1 road loss by the Cincinnati Reds in his last effort, allowing two runs and four hits over six frames.  The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA in eight home outings, surrendering nine home runs in 49.1 frames.  In six career starts versus the Diamondbacks, Gallardo has registered a perfect 6-0 record and 1.21 ERA, including a 7-1 road win on May 25.

Bettors will likely back the Brewers due to their 21-7 record in Gallardo’s last 28 home starts, while the Diamondbacks are 0-4 in Collmenter’s last four road starts.

Pick: Milwaukee Brewers -140

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