In the second of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (12-21) and the Chicago White Sox (12-21) at Miller Park, Mike Fiers (1-4, 5.46 ERA) and Chris Sale (2-1, 5.93 ERA) get the start. The Brewers won the last game 10-7 and Milwaukee leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 12 and will air on CSN-CHI and FSN-WI.
In his last start, Fiers pitched 5.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out eight and walking five in a 14-4 loss to the Dodgers. Ryan Braun (.257, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Brewers, Sale is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, seven strikeouts and one walk. Jose Abreu (.289, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the White Sox, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
Milwaukee is a +122 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Brewers have a losing record of 8-12 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -934. They are 5-2 as the underdog over their last 10 games. Over their past 10 games, Milwaukee's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 4.8 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.7.
Switching to the opposing bench, the White Sox come into this game with a win percentage of .571 when playing as the favorite (8-6) and an overall money line of -540. NL opponents haven't been able to get the upper hand on fiery Chicago. The White Sox hold a record of 2-1 in games where they were ranked as the favorite and a 2-1 SU. Chicago has stepped up their play against NL opponents averaging an impressive 5.3 runs per game compared to their 3.5 runs per game season average.
So far this season, the Brewers are 1-0 against the White Sox. The Brewers will take on a left-hander (Sale) in this game and have a 2-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the right-hander Fiers. They sport a 10-12 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIL, O/U - Under
For the seventh time this season, the Brewers registered at least two errors in a game.
The Brewers are 1-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the White Sox are 0-1 in such matchups.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Brewers have a 7-12 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers are 7-2. The White Sox have a 9-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Chicago has earned 106 this season. Milwaukee ranks 18th with 129 runs.
Milwaukee and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Milwaukee sits at 23rd with 81 this season and Chicago ranks 28th with 72.
The Brewers are 11-7 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 7-6 when they hit at least one homer.