Milwaukee Brewers +106 at San Diego Padres -113 (Total: 9)
Yovani Gallardo(0-1, 6.08 ERA) vs. Jeff Supan (0-0, — ERA)
This season hasn’t gotten off to the start that Yovani Gallardo or the Milwaukee Brewers were looking for, but if there is one bit of news that can cheer up an ailing starter, it’s hearing “you’re getting the ball tomorrow against the Padres at Petco.” The Padres boast the most anemic offense in the National League, and playing their home games in pitcher-friendly Petco Park certainly doesn’t help matters any. So far this season the Padres are hitting just .184 against right handed pitchers. So even though Gallardo hasn’t found his groove yet in 2012, he still has fantastic, top-of-the-rotation stuff and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him break out with a seven inning, one or two run effort tonight.
For the Padres, Jeff Suppan will be making his 2012 debut. As a matter of fact, he’ll be making his first major league appearance since October of 2010 (though he did make two rehab starts in AAA Tuscon), and he’ll be doing it against his former mates of Milwaukee. Suppan was a serviceable, albeit bottom-of-the-rotation pitcher for the Brewers from 2007-2009, posting a 29-34 record with an ERA dancing just above and below 5.00 for most of his tenure. The fact that the Padres grabbed a 37-year old right hander who has missed more than an entire season and has a lifetime record of 138-143 with a 4.68 ERA tells you all you need to know about the state of things in San Diego. Other than the weather, it ain’t pretty.
Even cavernous Petco Park didn’t slow down the Brewers on Monday, especially Ryan Braun. The reigning MVP belted a Petco Park record three homeruns in the Brewers 8-3 win over San Diego. The loss dropped the Padres to a National League worst 7-17. Even more disheartening, they have played a disproportionate number of their games at home, and posted just a 5-10 record in their own ballpark.
Anytime you can get a superior team facing a 37-year old journeyman pitcher who hasn’t appeared in the big leagues in over a year and half, you take it. And to get it at nearly even money? You take it sprinting to the window. I love the Brew Crew handling their business on the road tonight and continuing the misery in Petco Park.
Free Pick: Milwaukee Brewers -106