The Milwaukee Brewers, for the first time since 2011, are looking like a team who are going to be a postseason threat. 2011 was the last time the Brewers reached the postseason, which was only the second time since 1982 that the Brew Crew hit the postseason. Milwaukee ultimately fell to the Cards in the NLCS. They showed some promise a year ago, finishing with a record of 86-76. The Brewers added some talent to the fold in 2018 and they are reaping the benefits. They certainly have a team that can match the 2011 season and perhaps even go further. A strong bullpen alone can carry a team, just look at the Kansas City Royals. The Brewers also have some pop in their offense that can’t be overlooked.
Milwaukee went to extras with the Mets a night ago and they picked up the win off a walk in the bottom of the 10th. AJ Ramos walked in Travis Shaw with the bases juiced for not the most dramatic win, but they all count in the end. It was a bit of retribution after the Mets handled the Brew Crew on Thursday. With the win, the Brewers advanced to 32-20. They had a rare slipup from the bullpen, as the Brewers held on to a 3-2 lead throughout, until the Mets tied it up in the top of the 9th. Milwaukee avoided a complete collapse, though. The win over the Mets was their seventh in the last eight games. Chase Anderson will take to the hump on Saturday, while Jason Vargas will look to stop bleeding for the Mets. Head below for our free Mets vs. Brewers pick.
N.Y. Mets vs. Milwaukee Brewers Pick
Jason Vargas (1-3, 9.87 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson (4-3, 3.86 ERA)
Jason Vargas was a crucial member of the Royals’ run a few years back. Vargas provided four solid seasons for the Royals as a veteran. After finding success in KC, Vargas extended his career to its thirteenth year, his first coming in 2005 wit the Marlins. If he doesn’t find a way to get things in gear, this may very well be his last season in the majors.
Vargas enters with a gaudy 9.87 ERA and 2.08 WHIP. In other words, he’s putting on more than 2 runners on base per inning. The Mets need him to step up or they’re going to be stuck in mediocrity. He’s made four straight this season and three of them have been garbage, but Vargas did look good against the Marlins in his last outing. In his other starts, he surrendered 9, 6, and 4 runs.
His ERA on the road is sky high at 15.26 with a 2.61 WHIP. Vargas has lasted just 7.2 innings on the road and was able to do nothing with it. The only thing going for him in this matchup is that the Brewers are hitting .220 against him. However, we haven’t seen him pitch this badly in the past. Chase Anderson enters with an ERA of 3.86 overall, but has notched a 5.94 ERA in his last three starts. His last outing was uplifting, though, as he allowed 3 hits and 2 runs against the D-Backs in 6 innings. It’s pretty difficult to give Vargas a look in this matchup. I like the Brewers to get their second win in a row on Saturday.