The Los Angeles Dodgers are trying to hold off charging Colorado and Arizona in the NL West while the Milwaukee Brewers are gaining ground on the first place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
Both Milwaukee and Los Angeles just won four-game series and will open up a four contest set starting on Monday night, on the late game on ESPN. The Dodgers are back home after winning three series on a 10-game road trip, with the first one a series victory over the Brewers. After floundering for weeks and falling out of first place in their division, the Brew Crew has taken consecutive series over Washington and at San Francisco.
The MLB odds will have Los Angeles favored at Chavez Ravine where they are 28-24 (-15.8 units). Let’s break this matchup down and make a choice for MLB picks.
Milwaukee rookie Freddy Peralta (4-2, 3.74 ERA) is coming off his worst outing as a big league pitcher in a 7-3 loss to Washington, in which allowed all the runs. What harmed Peralta was the four walks in six innings and being taken out of the park twice. He’s only allowed 22 hits in just over 43 innings while striking out 57. However, in his most recent starts, opposing hitters are making him throw more strikes and not swinging at balls and he’s not fanning as many batters while handing out more free passes.
Nobody questioned Kenta Maeda’s (7-5, 3.27) ability to pitch, other than maybe him in the majors. His first two years, Maeda was known for his inconsistency, brilliant sometimes, very hittable other times. Since being used in the bullpen in last year’s postseason, he learned to trust his fastball more, which has caused him to stop nibbling as much. His overall numbers are not substantially different, but he’s become a more reliable hurler start to start.