The Milwaukee Brewers will host the San Francisco Giants for game one of their weekend series on Friday night at Miller Park. The Brewers come into this contest with the second best record in the National League. The San Francisco Giants are going to miss the playoffs for a third second straight season.
The San Francisco Giants come into this series having lost five straight games, and were just swept by the Colorado Rockies. The Milwaukee Brewers lost their final game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, but have continued to play great baseball this season. The Brewers are -157 against the Giants in the series opener on Friday night.
Christian Yelich Carrying Brewers
Outfielder Christian Yelich has been carrying the Brewers offense of late and was named the Player of the Week in the National League last week. Yelich has been terrific in his first season with the Brewers and is second in the National League with a .316 batting average. Jesus Aguilar has provided the Brewers with power this season, blasting 31 home runs and driving in 95 runs. The Milwaukee offense is shaping up as one of the best in the National League.
Chase Anderson will make the start for the Brewers on Friday night. The veteran right-hander will be making his 28th start of the season on Friday and has been solid for the Brewers. Anderson is 9-7 with a 3.96 earned run average this season. Anderson will need to be solid in this start because the Brewers bullpen has been struggling of late.
Giants Limping To the Finish
The San Francisco Giants are in a rare position this season and are in a hurry to get the season over with. All-Star catcher Buster Posey has undergone hip surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. The Giants traded former MVP Andrew McCutchen to the New York Yankees last month and are positioning themselves for the future. The San Francisco offense has struggled to produce runs in the 2018 season.
Left-hander Derek Holland will make the start for the Giants on Friday night. Holland is 7-8 with a 3.56 earned run average this season for the Giants, but has pitched much better in the second half of the season. Holland has not lost a start since July 10 when the Chicago Cubs beat him 2-0. He faces a tough Brewers lineup on Friday night.
Brewers Cruise on Friday Night
The Giants will try to play the role of spoiler for the remainder of the season, a position that they are not accustomed too. San Francisco still has some solid veterans on their roster, but this has been a forgettable season for the Giants.
The Milwaukee Brewers are trying to catch the Chicago Cubs, and need to rack up wins against struggling teams. Look for Christian Yelich to stay hot in this game, and the Brewers offense break out the bats in a big way. Bet the Milwaukee Brewers -153 over the Giants.