Although the Milwaukee Brewers are on the road and off to a terrible start to the season, they should have more than enough to dispatch of the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
The Brewers have already had a five-game losing streak this year and are suffering through a glut of injuries, including Aramis Ramirez, Corey Hart and Jean Segura (that’s three-fourths of their pre-season projected infield!).
But the team’s key offensive weapon – Ryan Braun, who missed some games because of back spasms – is back and he alone could generate enough offense against a Cubs team that is averaging only 2.43 runs per game.
The Brewers are also bolstered by Kyle Lohse’s presence on the pitcher’s mound. The Milwaukee hurler was excellent in his first 2013 outing (six innings, one run allowed) and earned a win in his only start at Wrigley Field last year.
Cubs’ pitcher Scott Feldman has little to like. He was roughed up for four runs in 4 2/3 innings in his first appearance this year and had a 5.09 ERA last season. Opt for the Brewers at 1.82 instead of the Cubs at 2.00.
Oakland A’s pitcher Tommy Milone’s home-road split are the key in picking the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over the A’s.
Quite simply, this game will be played in Anaheim and when Milone goes on the road, he struggles. Last season, he posted a 2.74 ERA in Oakland and a 4.83 ERA everywhere else.
He did pitch well in his opener against the Seattle Mariners (seven innings, two runs allowed), but that was at the O.co Coliseum.
While the Angels are off to a slow start offensively, they have too much talent (see Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols) for the slump to continue – especially against a pitcher who can be fidgety on the road.
Furthermore, the Angels lineup is primarily right-handed, which is a natural advantage against the left-handed Milone. Pick Los Angeles to win at 1.72, rather than the A’s at 2.15.
Best Bet: Back the Los Angeles Angels at 1.72 against the Oakland A's
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