Brewers vs Giants MLB Betting + Handicapping Picks
The Milwaukee Brewers have not performed as expected this season, and scoring has been their main problem.
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MIL:Zack Greinke (3-1, 3.94, 30 K’s – 1.38 WHIP)vs.SFO: Tim Lincecum(2-2, 5.74, 29 K’s ,1.58 WHIP)
Date/Time: Friday, May 4, 10:15 PM ET
Venue: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Broadcast: FOX Sports Wisconsin – CSN-Bay Area
Spread: Giants -108
Now they may face an even bigger challenge. Scoring without NL MVP Ryan Braun whose status is uncertain as the Brew Crew looks to avoid a third straight shutout.
It’s not going to be easy when they face off against former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum and the Giants in the opener of a three-game set Friday night in San Francisco.
The Brewers will counter Lincecum with their own Cy Young recipient-Zack Greinke. Don’t let the near four ERA full you. This guy has been his dominant self in four of his five starts. It was his second start that caused that number to be so high. He allowed eight earned in 3 2/2 innings against the Cubs back on the 12th of April. Aside from that one poor outing, he has looked very sharp early on and is on pace for another solid campaign.
Lincecum meanwhile, hasn’t been on top of his game so far this. The “freak” has struck out 29 batters and issued 13 walks –nine in his last two starts –over his 26 2/3 innings of work. He did however throw eight solid innings against the Padres allowing just one unearned run in the process his last time out.
Players to watch for:
Brewers – Ryan Braun .283/7/17/.333If he makes Friday’s lineup, Braun is always one to keep an eye on, and he has always hit Lincecum hard. He has 22 plate appearances against the hard-throwing righty, and he has a .333 average in that span. Two home runs and seven RBIs are included in those numbers.
Giants – Aubrey Huff .182/1/4/.300
Huff has hit horribly all season long, but has a good track record against Greinke. In 21 at bats he has seven hits. Just one of the extra base variety though, but a .333 average is a .333 average.
Matt’s Free Prediction: San Francisco- Definitely a pitching duel here. The Giants have won three of the last four meetings in San Francisco and I don’t see why that would change. Especially if Braun sits this one out.