The San Francisco Giants (47-43, 25-22 home) host the Milwaukee Brewers (50-42, 29-23 away) in the series finale on the final day of the first half of the season. San Francisco owns a 3-1 record against the Brewers head-to-head, including a 2-1 victory on Saturday.
Sunday’s first pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. EST at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California. The Giants are the betting favorites at -175, and the over-under total is eight runs.
What to Know – Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee has lost three of their last four and would enjoy closing out the first half on a winning note. The Brewers remain atop the National League Central, holding just a one-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Right-hander Jason Alexander (2-1, 4.73 ERA, 1.68 WHIP) is the probable starter for the Brewers. The California native tries to pick up his first win in July after being called up to the Brewers rotation in June. Alexander has pitched 40.0 innings, allowing 21 earned runs on 50 hits and 17 walks with 18 strikeouts.
Rowdy Tellez has driven in a team-high 55 runs batted in thanks to 17 home runs. Young offensive star Willy Adames is helping the Brewers’ offensive production with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs. Milwaukee has gotten better plate appearances from Christian Yelich, who leads the team in runs scored (58) and stolen bases (13).
The Brewers average 4.8 runs per game while ranking 24th in the MLB with a .235 team batting average. Milwaukee’s pitching staff is 12th in the majors sporting a 3.78 team earned run average.
What to Know – San Francisco Giants
The Giants aim to keep tabs with the surging Los Angeles Dodgers, and with a win on Sunday, they’ll close out the first half with five wins in six contests. San Francisco remains well back of L.A., 13-games behind in the NL West.
Logan Webb (8-3, 2.82 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) is expected to start for the Giants and look to stay dominate on the mound. The 25-year-old has been brilliant over his last two appearances, allowing only one earned run over 14 innings. This season, the right-hander has tossed 111.2 innings, given up 35 earned runs, 98 hits, 26 walks, and struck out 96 batters.
The scoring for the Giants comes from all parts of the lineup. Wilmer Flores has 50 RBIs and 46 runs scored, while Joc Pederson paces the team with 17 home runs and 42 RBIs. Thairo Estrada is hitting .259 with 13 stolen bases and 46 runs scored.
San Fracisco’s offense also scores 4.8 runs per contest and sits 22nd in the league, hitting .236 as a team. The pitching staff for the Giants features a 3.80 team ERA, 13th in the MLB.
The Pick is In
San Francisco gets their ace on the mound at home in the final contest before the All-Star break. Webb should have no issue carving up the Milwaukee lineup, and his offense will get him enough run support for a comfortable victory.
The Pick: San Francisco Giants ML