Milwaukee Brewers (70-57) vs San Diego Padres (61-67)
Game Info: Friday, August 25, 2023 at 8:10 pm (American Family Field)
Brandon Woodruff (2-1) (2.89) vs Yu Darvish (8-9) (4.35)
Betting Odds: Milwaukee Brewers -132 / San Diego Padres +111 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Brewers will host the San Diego Padres for game one of their weekend series this Friday from American Family Field.
Padres Preview & Projected Starter
San Diego moved to 61-67 after taking two of three from Miami. The Padres got a great effort from Seth Lugo to take the rubber match from the Marlins, and they’ll attempt to steal a few games on the road this weekend. The San Diego offense is scoring 4.31 runs per game, while batting .228, with a .317 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.76 ERA, with a 1.23 WHIP.
Yu Darvish (8-9, 4.35 ERA, 85 Ks) will get the start for San Diego. The veteran pitcher had a tough time with Arizona last time out at home, allowing nine hits and four runs thru five innings to take his ninth loss. It’s been that kind of season for Darvish, who’s turned in a handful of gems, but he’s been inconsistent overall. Prior to his last two starts, Darvish held clubs to two runs or less in five of his previous six appearances, but he’s hard to trust on the road. Darvish managed to have his best outing of the season versus the Brew Crew back in April (7 IP, 1 ER, 12 Ks), and he’ll attempt to replicate that effort here.
Padres Player Trends & Props
• Juan Soto has reached base in five of the last seven games, and he leads the Padres in home runs (24) and RBI (76), with 116 hits.
• Manny Machado is second on the team in homers (24) and RBI (74).
• Fernando Tatis snapped a hitless streak in the game three win over Miami, and he’s posting splits of .261/20/66.
• Xander Bogaerts has collected a hit in six of the last ten games, and he leads the Pads in hits (122), while batting .263.
• Ha-Seong Kim doubled and homered in the game one victory, and he leads SD in batting (.280), with 17 homers and 49 RBI.
Brewers Preview & Projected Starter
Milwaukee moved to 70-57 after taking two from Minnesota. The Brewers won the battle in the Midwest, as they dispatched the neighboring Twins, and they’ll look to extend their winning streak here. The Milwaukee offense is 4.56 scoring runs per game, while batting .231, with a .307 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.95 ERA, with a 1.31 WHIP.
Brandon Woodruff (2-1, 2.89 ERA, 30 Ks) will take the mound for Milwaukee. The sixth-year pitcher had a tough time in Arlington last week, allowing four runs in 5.1 innings to the Rangers, but he managed to avoid the decision. Woodruff was solid in his first two starts back from the DL, but a return home should do justice here.
Brewers Player Trends & Props
• Christian Yelich has recorded a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he leads the Brewers in hits (136) and RBI (67), with sixteen homers.
• Willy Adames produced a run in five straight games, and he leads Milwaukee in home runs (21), with 60 RBI.
• William Contreras has totaled multiple bases in four of the last six games, and he leads the team in batting (.275), with 58 runs batted in.
• Carlos Santana has collected a hit in five straight games, and he’s totaled eighteen homers and 66 RBI between time in Pittsburgh and Milwaukee this season.
Corey’s Free Pick
Milwaukee’s got some momentum coming into this series, and with a volatile Yu Darvish set to go, I like leaning on what they’ve built this week. The Brewers feel the heat from the Cubs in the division race, so the sense of urgency to take these home games will be there. With the way they’re receiving production in the lineup right now, if they get another solid outing from Brandon Woodruff, the Brew Crew should prevail here. Let’s back Milwaukee for game one, and give the low Over a look as well.