MLB Betting: Padres travel to meet Milwaukee
By: Jimmy Sirody
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Adrian Gonzalez tops the Padres in every significant offensive stat.
The San Diego Padres reached a milestone on Wednesday when they beat the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The win was the Friars' 72nd of the season, making them the first team in the major leagues to top the oddsmaker’s predictions.
The preseason 'over/under/' line for Padres wins this season was 71 ½.
Bettors smart enough to figure out that San Diego would be the surprise team in the National League will have to wait until the season ends to bank their winnings. The beat goes on for the Padres on Friday when they make their first and only trip to Miller Park to begin a three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Padres have been dominant against the National League Central so far, posting a 21-5 record versus the division heading into their finale at Chicago on Thursday.
However, they will be facing a Brew crew that returns home fresh off a two-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals and looking for revenge after losing three of four at Petco Park from April 29-May 2.
Milwaukee ace Yovani Gallardo came away with the only win in that series, limiting the Padres to one run and six hits over seven innings and whiffing 11. The Brewers were shut out in the other three games in San Diego.
Gallardo is 3-1 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts since returning from an oblique strain that put him on the disabled list.
Milwaukee is 5-2 in Gallardo’s last seven starts at Miller Park, but just 2-6 in his last eight outings against NL-West tenants.
Wade LeBlanc makes his first career start at Miller Park. The Padres southpaw pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Brewers on April 29, scattering eight hits and striking out six.
San Diego is 5-0 in LeBlanc’s last five starts versus losing teams and 6-1 in his last seven appearances against NL-Central foes.
The Padres have thrived against teams on the minus side of the ledger, winning 51 of 76 and they have cashed in eight of their last 11 against Milwaukee.
The Brewers have won five of six at home versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30, but they have lost 11 of their past 16 against left-handers.
The MLB odds ‘over’ has cashed in five of the last seven series encounters, including the last four in Milwaukee.
San Diego has dipped ‘under’ in seven of its last nine series opener. The Brewers have topped the ‘total’ at a 5-0-1 clip recently against southpaws.