The Milwaukee Brewers visit San Francisco for a four-game series starting Thursday. Expected to be a playoff preview, the Giants have some work to do to live up to their end of the bargain. Let’s see what the MLB odds tell us at the best sportsbooks!
Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Francisco Giants
Thursday, July 14, 2022 – 09:45 PM EDT at Oracle Park
The Story So Far
The Brewers have done their part. Milwaukee has led the National League Central for almost 70 of the 90-plus days of the season so far, including all of the last three weeks. The Brewers currently hold a two-game edge in the division, despite not yet winning a series in the month of July.
The Giants have some work to do to live up to their end of the playoff bargain, however. An early-summer slump has knocked them into third place in the NL West, a full game out of the Wild Card mix. San Francisco has won four of its last five, however, showing signs that it’s pulling out of a tailspin that saw the Giants win four of the previous 18.
Getting Some Help
Milwaukee has lost five of its last seven but will be happy to see someone from outside the division in the opposing dugout. The Brewers have gone 5-2 against teams outside the NL Central since June 20. Over that same time, they’ve gone 5-8 against divisional foes.
The Brewers outfield should get a boost for the series, with the return of two injured starters. Tyrone Taylor has been out since suffering a concussion on July 2. He was eligible to return on the ninth but needed some extra time. The team expects him back for the games in San Francisco.
"Tyrone, yesterday was his first day on the field. Today, he ramped up his intensity," manager Craig Counsell said on Saturday. "As long as he passes tests, we're going to go pretty fast.”
Fellow outfielder Hunter Renfroe beat him back from the injured list by a day. Renfroe, who earlier missed two weeks with a right hamstring strain, has been on the injured list since June 26 with a left calf strain. He returned to the lineup on Sunday.
"We're in a good spot right now. He's doing well," Counsell said.
The Brewers had been cobbling together an outfield without both players, pressing utility man Jace Peterson into full-time work and giving Andrew McCutchen his first two starts in center field since May 2019.
Now the Brewers just need to catch a break with their former NL MVP. Christian Yelich has missed the last two games with tightness in his back.
Milwaukee will put ace Corbin Burnes on the mound to start the series. Last year’s Cy Young Award winner is 7-4 with a 2.20 ERA and earned a spot on the All-Star team.
After a brutal stretch that saw the Giants fall from three games back in the West to 13 out, San Francisco put together back-to-back wins over Arizona to open the homestand with a win in the three-game series. The walk-off win in Wednesday’s deciding game gave the Giants their first series win since June 19.
“I think momentum can definitely go both ways,” said Brandon Crawford, who delivered the walk-off single, “and hopefully we can take this momentum and turn it into some more wins going forward.”
Now the Giants will try to push back into the Wild Card picture by continuing their recent dominance over first-place teams. With back-to-back wins over the Mets and a June sweep of the Dodgers, San Francisco has won its last five against division leaders.
The Giants will have an All-Star on the mound for Thursday’s series opener, with left-hander Carlos Rodon taking the ball. He’s 8-5 with a 2.70 ERA this year and struck out 12 in a complete game win over the Padres last time out.
A battle of contenders with All-Stars facing off on the mound is a good way to start the last series before the All-Star Break. The Brewers are in a better spot right now, but we like Rodon pitching in San Francisco to help the Giants get the series started right in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel. I'll take the Giants in a low-scoring game with my MLB picks.
MLB Pick: Giants (-103) with BetOnline
MLB Pick: Under 6 (-105) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
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