In the second of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (16-30) and the San Francisco Giants (16-30) at Miller Park, Matt Garza (2-6, 5.71 ERA) and Madison Bumgarner (5-2, 2.84 ERA) get the ball. The Giants won the last game 8-4 and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 26 and will air on CSN-BAY and FSN-WI.
Garza is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA against the Giants in his career, but is up against a strong San Francisco offense that's hitting .274 on the year. Ryan Braun (.272, 27 Rs, 12 HRs, 36 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, two RBIs, and one stolen base. In his pitching opportunities against the Brewers, Bumgarner is 4-2 with a 1.65 ERA. He gets a struggling Milwaukee offense that's batting just .226. Brandon Crawford (.298, 24 Rs, 6 HRs, 31 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Milwaukee, a +130 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against San Francisco. The matchup currently has a seven-run Over/Under (O/U). The Brewers perform poorly as an underdog with an 11-19 record and have an overall money line of -1,205.
Across the field, the Giants have a record of 11-12 when they are favored and are +406 overall with the money line. They sport the second-ranked offense in the NL, averaging five runs per game. San Francisco is one of the top hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.4 hits per contest. The Giants are one of the top pitching staffs in the NL, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of 3.9 runs allowed per game. They also allow just 2.9 walks per game, fifth-best in the NL.
The only other game between the two teams went San Francisco's way. The Brewers will take on a left-hander (Bumgarner) in this game and have a 4-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Garza will take the mound against the Giants, who have a 17-17 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
Milwaukee recorded at least two errors for the 11th time this season.
When the Giants play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Brewers are 1-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Giants managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Brewers who are heading in with a 4-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 21-5. The Brewers have an 11-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Milwaukee has earned 174 this season. San Francisco ranks 13th with 189 runs.
Ranking 21st, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 114 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 13th with 138.
The Brewers are 15-11 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Giants are 16-8 when they hit at least one homer.