The San Francisco Giants have the Milwaukee Brewers on the brink of a sweep at home. With wins of 5-3 and 8-7 already in their back pocket, the Giants will look for another to finish off the Brewers with three straight wins. The Giants haven’t had much to celebrate this season, but a sweep of the Brewers would be a nice feeling.
Most appreciative will be the Chicago Cubs, who were winners on Saturday by a score of 2-1. With the win for the Cubs and Brewers’ loss, the top of the standings in the NL Central is now a deadlock. Both teams go into Sunday with records of 39-31.
San Francisco are doing the Cubs a favor here and can do them another one if Jeff Samardzija does his job. While the Brewers and Cubs are toe-to-toe in the NL Central, the Giants are not playing for much despite the nice weekend. They advanced to 30-38 and are anticipated to be sellers rather shortly.
The Yankees just added Edwin Encarnacion, and are likely going to add an arm as well. They got the heavy arm, now they’re going to be out there looking for a thrifty arm. Madison Bumgarner may be in their crosshairs. Bumgarner had a pedestrian start yesterday, but despite an off day for the pitching staff, the Giants’ offense wasn’t going to go easy on Jimmy Nelson and the bullpen.
With 13 runs in two games, the Giants have been bucking their season averages against the Brewers. It’d be a delight for Giants’ fans to see it for another day on Sunday. Along with the potential for a sweep here, the Giants can go on a five-game winning streak with a win. They had a couple of wins over the Padres before welcoming Milwaukee to the Bay Area. Samardzija will look to get the win for the Giants, while Chase Anderson hopes to have a productive outing to avoid a sweep. Head below for our free Brewers vs. Giants pick.
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It’s up to Chase Anderson to slow down what has been a pretty nice run for the Giants’ offense. They don’t have any brand names in their lineup, but they’re getting it done with what they have. If you want to call Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, and Pablo Sandoval brand names, then okay there’s Belt, Posey, and Sandoval, but no household name to speak of. The Giants have recorded 5.75 runs per game during their four-game winning streak. That’s nothing if you want to look at what the Rockies have been doing recently, but 5.75 eclipses their season average of 3.87 runs per contest. Overall, they are 27th in the major leagues in scoring.
Chase Anderson has been flat out dominant against the Giants in his career. San Francisco haven’t been able to do much against Anderson, as they’re hitting just .195 with no home runs in 82 at-bats against him. Posey is the only hitter that has had success, with a .400 batting average in 15 appearances at the dish against Anderson. Anderson has been competent in 2019 after returning to the starting rotation. He’s allowed more than 3 earned runs in just one out of seven outings.
The opposite is true for Samardzija, who has taken a beating against this lineup in his career. The Brewers are raking against Samardzija, as they’re hitting .355 with a .415 OBA against him in 93 at-bats. They’ve also connected for 6 long balls, Ryan Braun responsible for 3 of them and Mike Moustakas with 2 home runs. Expect the offense to be in fine form to avoid the sweep on Sunday. Samardzija enters with an ERA of 5.28 and 1.37 WHIP in his last three starts. Look for those numbers to stay constant or close to it on Sunday. We cashed the Giants yesterday, but look for a win on the Brew Crew in this one.