Brewers vs. Giants MLB Odds, Preview and Pick

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Brandon Woodruff #53 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images/AFP

Among the more intriguing matchups on the NL schedule this weekend is the one taking place in San Francisco where the Giants entertain the Milwaukee Brewers. 

Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Francisco Giants

Friday, July 15, 2022 – 10:15 PM EDT at Oracle Park

Series Opener Recap and What to Expect on Friday

It took Milwaukee and San Francisco an extra inning to decide matters in their series opener on Thursday, and the Brewers are now looking to build on their 3-2 victory while the Giants take aim at a quick return to the win column.

If the numbers on BMR’s betting odds board are any indication, we should expect another tight affair on Friday when the NL Central-leading Brewers send Brandon Woodruff (7-3, 4.01 ERA) to the Golden Gate City bump while the Giants counter with Alex Wood (6-7, 4.43 ERA).

Series Notes and Rivalry Trends

These two teams were matched up on the original 2022 schedule for a series in Milwaukee during the first week of the season, but that series was canceled due to the prolonged negotiations on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

They managed to work in one of those makeups back in April, a 4-2 San Francisco win at old Miller Park in Milwaukee, and will squeeze in a doubleheader in early September to account for the other two missed games.

  • Thursday’s winning MLB score marked the fourth dubya for the Brewers in the last five contests played in San Francisco.
  • The series opener was the seventh ‘under’ in the last nine clashes between the clubs, and left their recent outcomes at Oracle Park 1-4 O/U.
  • Milwaukee and San Francisco sport near-identical totals records for the season; the Brewers are 43-40-6 O/U/P with the Giants 43-40-4.

Brandon Woodruff Analysis

This will be the fourth start for Brandon Woodruff since spending about a month on the injured list, and the former Mississippi State star is coming off a no-decision last Saturday against the Pirates when he allowed three runs in six innings of what became a 4-3 loss for Milwaukee as huge -280 chalk at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review).

Woodruff’s stay on the injured list was due to two separate injuries. The big righthander initially injured his right ankle in May 27 start against the Cardinals. While on the DL, Woodruff was diagnosed with Raynaud's syndrome when he experienced numbness in his fingers.

Milwaukee split Woodruff’s two starts against the Giants last season, though he pitched well enough to win them both. Both outings saw him pitch six innings and allow one run. Brandon Belt and Joc Pederson have each taken Woodruff twice in their careers.

Alex Wood Analysis

July has so far been kinder to Wood than either June or July when he recorded ERAs over 5.00 in both months, that stretch of 11 starts including one of the ugliest in his career when he allowed six runs and only recorded three outs in loss to the Braves in Atlanta.

Wood has only allowed one run combined in his two July starts, the latest taking place in San Diego last Sunday when the southpaw recorded a season-high eight strikeouts while chucking the first seven innings of a 12-0 laugher for the Giants who were small underdogs at the best sportsbooks.

It has been close to four years since Wood last faced the Brewers. While wearing a Dodgers jersey, he made four relief appearances against Milwaukee in the 2018 NLCS. He beat them in one start earlier that season, allowing two runs in six innings of an 11-2 decision in Milwaukee.

Umpire Notes and Trends

Gabe Morales will be the umpire calling balls and strikes on Friday. The nine year veteran began the season on a different crew, and has split his 14 plate assignments this season down the middle at 7-7 O/U while his two games at the Oracle Park dish last season also were halved the MLB odds.

San Fran Forecast

All signs point to a repeat of the weather from Thursday evening’s opener. The forecast calls for clear skies with the thermometer sitting in the mid-60s at first pitch, and a 14-17 mph southwesterly breeze possibly aiding balls hit out to left field.

Friday’s Best Bet

This series is important for both clubs as they head into the all-star break. Milwaukee would love to add to its three-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central Division. San Francisco, meanwhile, is currently fifth in the NL wild card race, and can ill afford to fall back much further.

Woodruff is the better bargain at this price, and Milwaukee is the right MLB pick on Friday.

MLB Pick: Brewers (-117) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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