The San Francisco Giants are set to take on the Milwaukee Brewers in what should be a fun contest on Saturday evening. Currently, the Brewers are the favorites at -1.5.
Milwaukee has the edge over San Francisco in runs with 4.75, hits with a .40 and walks with 3.79. The Giants have the edge in strikeouts with 8.56.
Coming into Saturday’s game, Milwaukee sports a 47-45 record while San Francisco is 42-48. Milwaukee has been good at home, compiling a 27-19 record. Away, San Francisco is 22-22. As the favorite, the Brewers are 36-27, while the Giants are 27-35 as the underdog.
The Brewers have a surprisingly underwhelming record ATS at home, coming in with a 22-23 record. The Giants are efficient ATS away, going 25-18.
Bumgarner looks to put on a show
Madison Bumgarner has been the ace of the San Francisco Giants for years, so it is surprising when he has a down year. Even still, a down year for him is still a decent one. He is 5-7 with a 4.03 earned run average.
Against this Milwaukee Brewers lineup, he has had success. In 125 at-bats, the team collectively only has 29 hits against him. Their best hitter is Ryan Braun. In 37 at-bats, he has 11 hits, two home runs, and seven runs batted in. That equates to a .297 batting average.
Another hitter who has seen Bumgarner well is Manny Pena. In four at-bats, he has two hits, including a home run. With two runs batted in, he is truly a thorn in Bumgarner’s side.
Davies tries to keep rolling
Zack Davies has had an outstanding season for Milwaukee. He is 7-2 with a 3.07 earned run average.
In his last time out against Pittsburgh on July 5, he pitched five innings, giving up four hits. With four strikeouts and six ground balls, he was effective. Although he did not receive a decision, he lowered his ERA.
This San Francisco Giants lineup has seen him decently over the past couple of years. The hitter with the most success against him is Pablo Sandoval. In six at-bats, Sandoval has four hits, including two doubles and a home run. With two runs batted in, that is good enough for a .667 batting average.
Another hitter who has managed to hit Davies well is Kevin Pillar. In two at-bats, he has two hits, including a home run. He has a perfect batting average.
This is going to be a battle for both teams, and in the end, I think it is going to come down to pitching. Although Davies has had a great year for Milwaukee, I have to side with the veteran Bumgarner on this one. He has shown year in and year out that he can be effective.
In what is a crucial series for both teams, I would take the Giants in this one. I would expect it to be a low-scoring game, but they should be able to eke out a win. Either way, it should be a fun game to watch as both teams have a ton of balance.