San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers – MLB May 26

7:40 p.m. ET – Padres (-130 ML) at Brewers O/U: 8

The 31-18 Padres have split the first two games of a four-game set against the 24-24 Brewers in Milwaukee. San Diego’s nine-game winning streak was snapped with a 5-3 loss on Monday night despite a three-run ninth inning rally that came up just short. Tuesday night saw the Padres even the series with a 7-1 win behind a decent start from Joe Musgrove, who allowed no runs on one hit in 4.2 innings of work.

Milwaukee ace Corbin Burnes had one of his worst starts of the season, allowing four earned runs in six innings of work, which spiked his ERA from 1.79 to 2.33.

About the Padres

San Diego Padres LogoSan Diego has won 13 of its last 15 games and holds a half-game lead over the defending World Series champion Dodgers in the National League West. The Padres have batted .275 over their last 10 games and have outscored their opponents by a whopping 51 runs in that stretch. San Diego averages 4.7 runs per game, good enough for 10th place in MLB.

Second baseman Jake Cronenworth leads the team with a .304 batting average. Cronenworth has emerged as a key cog for this lineup this season and he has been smoking hot throughout the team’s hot streak. He is hitting .357 over the last 15 games. Fernando Tatis Jr. has put his hat in the ring for National League MVP over the past week, hitting .560 with five home runs and 15 RBI.

The pitching staff has been the best in baseball over the first two months of the season, allowing just 3.1 runs per game. The Padres have the firepower to compete with the Dodgers this summer, and if the pitching staff can be this dominant all season long, they have a strong chance at their first division title since 2006.

About the Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers Logo 101x101The Brewers reside in third place in the National League Central, just two games back of the first-place Cardinals. Milwaukee averages 3.8 runs, the fourth-fewest runs per game in Major League Baseball. The main reason for this has been their inability to make contact, as they are hitting .210 as a team, the second-lowest batting average in the big leagues.

Second baseman Kolten Wong has been on fire lately, hitting .379 in his last seven games. Former MVP Christian Yelich is nursing a back injury and being eased into the lineup over the next couple of weeks against primarily right-handed pitching. The batting order needs some unexpected sources of production if they hope to keep up with the rest of the division.

The pitching staff has kept them afloat through the first two months of the season, allowing just 4.2 runs per game. The bullpen is solid, especially in the back end with Josh Hader closing games. Hader is 3-0 with 11 saves and a 1.02 ERA thus far this season. It is a long summer and this team needs to get healthy and start hitting better if it wants to play meaningful baseball come September.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
San Diego Padres -1½ (+140) -130 O 8 (-115)
Milwaukee Brewers +1½ (-165) +110 U 8 (-105)

The Pitching Matchup

Right-hander Chris Paddack is getting the ball for San Diego on Wednesday night. Paddack is 2-3 with a 3.96 in 36.1 innings pitched this season. Paddack went six innings in his last start, allowing just one earned run and three hits in a win against the Mariners. Paddack has one start against Milwaukee already this season, when he allowed five runs in five innings of work and was tagged with the loss.

Left-hander Eric Lauer is 1-1 in 16 innings of work with a 2.81 ERA in two starts and four appearances overall this season. Lauer has worked out of the bullpen twice over the past two weeks, but has not made a start since May 4.

What’s the Bet?
Paddack started the season shaky, but has found his rhythm over his last three starts with just a 1.38 ERA in those contests. The Padres are one of the best teams in baseball right now, their offense is rolling and they are shutting down opposing offenses. The Brewers are struggling mightily at the moment offensively and San Diego should be able to crush Lauer in just his third start of the season.

Back the Padres to keep it rolling at -130 on Wednesday night as they win their 14th game in 16 tries.

The Bet
Padres Moneyline
-130

*Odds Courtesy of MyBookie Sportsbook

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Joe Menzer / Author

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