The Miami Marlins (38-40) and Milwaukee Brewers (36-42) will open up a three-game National League series on Monday night at Miller Park, with the opening pitch scheduled for 8:10 ET

Miami Marlins at Milwaukee Brewers 

It would be very difficult not to back the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night

Miami notched its fourth-straight win with a 5-2 home victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon, as the team now embarks on a seven-game road trip before the All-Star break.  “It’s good to start new and just move forward,” stated Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton about the team’s horrific 8-18 record in June.  He has launched five home runs in his last 10 games, while the offense has hit .301 over the last four contests.  Miami is 25-27 versus right-handed starters this year.

Marlins starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano (4-6, 3.71 ERA) has watched the club drop his last four outings, including a 5-2 home setback to the St. Louis Cardinals in his last effort, allowing five runs (zero earned) and seven hits over 6.2 frames.  The right-hander is 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA on the road this year, with opposing hitters batting just .170 against him.  In 34 games (31 starts) versus the Brewers, Zambrano has compiled a 13-10 record and 3.81 ERA.

Milwaukee has been incredibly inconsistent during the 2012 MLB campaign, splitting its last 10 games overall, but capturing a 2-1 walk-off victory at home over the Arizona Diamondbacks to close out a series victory on Sunday.  “I know this year has been up and down,” stated Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez.  “But we have a long way to go.”  2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun continues to produce offensively, and was named to the NL All-Star team.  Milwaukee is 41-12 as a home favorite of -150 to -175 since the start of the 2010 season.

Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (9-2, 2.82 ERA) will be making his first home start since June 6, coming off a pair of road victories in his last two outings, including an 8-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds last time out.  The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in six home outings, issuing just eight walks and striking out 52 batters.  In four career games (three starts) versus the Marlins, Greinke has tallied a 2-0 record and 4.05 ERA.

Bettors will likely back the Brewers due to their 22-1 record in Greinke’s last 22 starts as a home favorite, while the Marlins are 21-45 as an underdog.

Pick:  Milwaukee Brewers -160

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