Giants vs Brewers: One and Done
This will be an unusual one-game matchup of the San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. Following the Giants vs Brewers matchup, Milwaukee hits the road to start a three-game series with Pittsburgh while San Francisco heads home to face the Oakland Athletics.
With National League Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes set to start, it is understandable why in the Giants vs Brewers betting preview that Milwaukee would be favored against a San Francisco team that led the majors with 107 wins during the 2021 season.
The Giants have the second-best team ERA (2.51) in the majors and have allowed the fewest home runs (8). They will be facing a Milwaukee offense that is ranked 25th or lower in batting average, hits, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Team records: Giants 11-5 (second in NL West), Brewers 10-6 (tied for first in NL Central)
Date: Monday, 6:10 p.m. ET
Location: American Family Field, Milwaukee, WI
Giants Dialing Long Distance
Not everything is clicking yet for the San Francisco Giants, who are expected to be one of the top teams in the National League.
The Giants are only hitting .241 as a team and are in the middle of the pack in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. However, when it comes to providing some power, the Giants are already in midseason form.
San Francisco is third among National League teams with 17 home runs and the Giants are also among the league leaders with 43 extra-base hits. The ability to drive in runs with doubles and homers is a key part of the Brewers vs Giants betting preview.
Joc Pederson, who didn’t hit his fifth home run until early June during the 2021 season, already has five homers, including two in the Giants’ last outing.
Brandon Belt (4), Thairo Estrada (2) and Joey Bart (2) are also in double digits for homers. San Francisco’s power is a major reason why the Giants are in the top five in baseball in runs scored. Pederson is the only starter batting over .300 for the Giants as he enters Monday’s game with a .364 average.
Brewers: Ace in it for Long Haul
It is not unusual in the analytics-crazy world that starting pitchers are asked to just throw five innings. When Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes takes the mound, don’t expect an early exit. That is something to consider when looking at the Giants vs Brewers betting preview.
Burnes has pitched at least seven innings in his last two starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14 innings as the Brewers won both of those games. This is nothing new as Burnes pitched at least six innings in 11 of his final 15 starts during the 2021 regular season.
Burnes is set to make his fourth start. In two starts against the Giants last season, Burnes was 1-0 with an ERA of 1.38 and 14 strikeouts in 13 innings.
Burnes will look to continue a strong string of efforts by Milwaukee starters, who have allowed less than two runs in three of Milwaukee’s last four games.
Josh Hader, Brewers P: Hader has allowed one hit and no runs in five innings of work over his last five games. Hader is 5-for-5 in save opportunities with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Zack Littell, Giants P: Littell has allowed one hit and no runs in his last four outings. He has two strikeouts and no walks in 3.2 innings in those four contests.
Hunter Renfroe, Brewers OF: Renfroe is 6-for-16 with three runs, a double, a home run and only two strikeouts in his last five games.
Joc Pederson, Giants OF: Pederson is 7-for-15 with four extra-base hits, including two homers in his last four games.
Joey Bart, Giants C: Bart is 0-for-17 with 11 strikeouts in his last five games.
Tyler Beede, Giants P: Beede has allowed five hits and two runs over four innings in his last two appearances. He has one strikeout and two walks in those two games.
Brent Suter, Brewers P: Suter has allowed five hits and four runs in 1.2 innings over his last three appearances.
Rowdy Tellez, Brewers 1B: Tellez is 0-for-10 with three strikeouts in his last three games as his batting average dropped from .270 to .213.
In the San Francisco Giants vs. Milwaukee Brewers showdown, here are some of the injuries to monitor.
Starting pitchers Alex Cobb and Anthony DeSclafani are on the 10-day injured list for the Giants, as is outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. Outfielder Steven Duggar is on the 60-day injured list. Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski will miss Monday’s game. Infielders Tommy La Stella and Evan Longoria could return to action in early May.
For the Brewers, infielder Luis Urias is on the 10-day injured list while reliever Justin Topa isn’t expected to make his season debut until mid-May.
Giants vs Brewers Probable Starting Pitchers
Monday: Sam Long (Giants) vs Corbin Burnes (Brewers)
Giants vs Brewers Betting Guide
San Francisco is tied for the major league lead with seven road victories, including a recently completed three-game sweep of Washington when the Giants outscored the Nationals 24-6. Milwaukee is 5-2 at home.
San Francisco is third in the National League with 79 runs scored, while only Arizona and Cincinnati have scored fewer runs among NL teams than Milwaukee.
When looking at the Giants vs Brewers odds, the total has gone under in five of Milwaukee’s last six games.
Milwaukee has won three of the last four meetings with San Francisco, with seven runs or less being scored in each of the last four games in the series.
Brewers outfield Andrew McCutchen needs a stolen base to join Mike Trout as the only other active MLB player with 200 homers and 200 stolen bases.