Baseball Betting – Brewers Try to Avoid “Rocky” Start to Road Swing
Last Updated: 2017-08-18
If the Milwaukee Brewers really believe they deserve to win the National League Central division, or take home one of the two wild card berths that are available in the senior circuit, they will prove it under difficult circumstances. For them, that means a nine-game road trip out west that is going to be a rough assignment, to say the least. They will get the ball rolling on Friday night against the Colorado Rockies in a 8:40 PM ET start at Coors Field in Denver. And VietBet customers will have the opportunity to get better baseball betting odds with the implementation of “reduced juice,” and then turn around and keep wagering while the game is in progress as they access what is available through Live Betting Ultra.
There is no doubt that Milwaukee has ground it has to make up. The Brew Crew is 63-59, and that is commendable, inasmuch as they weren’t expected by many to be in that spot. But they had a nice hold on the Central lead – five and a half games over the Chicago Cubs at the All-Star break, as a matter of fact – and then they went cold, while the Cubs got hot. So they trail the defending World Series champions by a game. And by no means are the Cubs a freight train, since they haven’t gotten nearly the amount of consistency they’ve been looking for out of the starting staff.
There’s another route to the playoffs, and that is the wild card. The teams that are situated in those positions are the Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, who are tied with 67-54 records. That’s a gap of 4.5 games, and the Brewers can pull much closer to Colorado with a successful series. Then it is on to San Francisco, where the Giants have the second worst record in the National League. And they better make those games count, because the last stop is Chavez Ravine, where the Los Angeles Dodgers have gone 51-14 on the season.
Matt Garza (6-6, 4.38 ERA) gets the start for Milwaukee, while Colorado turns to German Marquez (9-5, 4.13 ERA). And in the baseball betting odds posted on this game by the folks at VietBet, the Rockies are favored:
Colorado Rockies (Marquez) -170
Milwaukee Brewers (Garza) +160
Brewers +1.5 Runs -130
Rockies -1.5 Runs +110
Under 12 Runs -120
Over 12 Runs +100
Garza has not been a success in the three games he has started at Coors Field, sporting an 8.82 ERA and losing all three decisions. His best role here is to be good for about five innings, and that is something he had done over a string of four starts before getting blasted out in the fourth inning of a game in Minneapolis. The Twins hit four homers and scored eight runs off him,and the power explosion, we must admit, was a little out of character for him, since going into that game, he had allowed only 0.92 home runs per nine innings, which had made him one of the stingiest pitchers in baseball in that category.
And what VietBet patrons have in front of them in the 22-year-old Marquez is somebody who has done a great job keeping the ball in the park, even though he has had to pitch at Coors Field. Overall, he’s allowed 0.95 round-trippers per nine, so he can stay out of the big innings, for the most part.
Both teams have suspect bullpens; the Rockies have been scary bad at home, with a 5.27 ERA at Coors. Garza has made one start at Coors Field in the last six seasons (in 201), so do his numbers there even count?
Interestingly enough, thirteen of Marquez’s 20 starts have gone under the total. And in his last seven starts at home, he’s got an ERA that is more than solid (2.72). The Rockies scored 17 runs two nights ago against Atlanta, but in the eight games previous to that, they tallied three runs or less. We’re not going to lay the price with Marquez, but we’ll pay a little to go UNDER this sizable total of twelve runs.
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