Tuesday night features a battle of the NL East versus Central as the New York Mets (3-2) take on the Milwaukee Brewers (3-1). The Brewers will host this one at American Family Field, with first pitch scheduled for 7:40 pm ET.
The Mets are the favorites in this one despite playing on the road. They are -164 to win, while the Brewers’
moneyline sits at +138. The runline features Milwaukee at +1.5 (-122), and the over/under for total runs is eight.
Mets Look To Even Series Behind Mad Max
In the series opener on Monday, the New York Mets were absolutely decimated at the hands of the Brewers 10-0. Carlos Carrasco gave up five runs in four innings, and the offense couldn’t bail him out. On Tuesday, they will look to their ace, Max Scherzer, to even out the series.
In his lone start of the season, Scherzer picked up the victory after giving up three earned runs over six innings in a win over Miami. He struck out six and walked two in the victory.
Offensively, through five games, the Mets have been pretty inconsistent. They would really love to see Pete Alonso (.167 avg, one home run) and Francisco Lindor (.143 avg, five walks) find their groove.
Luckily for Mets’ fans, both of these two have hit lefties well and the Brewers will be sending a southpaw to the mound Tuesday. Last season, they both had a team-high nine home runs off of lefties, while Alonso added 25 runs batted in, and Lindor added 30 runs batted in.
Against Wade Miley specifically, Alonso is three for six with a home run, while Lindor is hitting .385 in 13 at bats.
Brewers Try To Ride Momentum From Opener
While the Mets struggled in Monday’s opener, the Brewers were exceptional both offensively and defensively. On the offensive side, Milwaukee hammered out 10 runs on 10 hits.
Brian Anderson and Brice Turang were the heroes offensively. They both went two for three with homers. For Anderson, he had three runs batted in, while Turang ended up with four runs batted in after hitting a grand slam.
Freddy Peralta also had a great day on the bump. He went six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and he struck out seven.
On Tuesday, they will hope that lefty Wade Miley can follow suit in his first game of the season. Last year, in nine games, he went 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
Keep an eye on Christian Yelich in this one. The outfielder has had a lot of success against Scherzer. In 34 career at bats, he is hitting .294 with three home runs and five runs batted in off the future Hall-of-Famer.
Take The Mets Straight Up
While he gave up the three runs in the opener against Miami with a bit of a surprise, it is hard to bet against Max Scherzer. Even at 38-years-old, he has dominating stuff and the ability to silence the Brewers’ bats.
On the flip side, while Wade Miley has had a great career, there are several Mets who feast on lefties and could be in store for a bit of a breakout game offensively.
The Mets might be able to cover the -1.5 runline, but at the bare minimum, there is a lot of value in taking them to win straight up at -164.