The Milwaukee Brewers (-170) host the Houston Astros (+145) at American Family Field on Wednesday with the three-game Interleague series in the balance. Look out for some offensive firepower with the early total at 9.5 (O: +100 | U: -120).
The Brewers (26-22) evened up the series 1-1 after winning 6-0 on Tuesday. Colin Rea threw 5.1 scoreless innings to get the win. Owen Miller went 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs, and two RBIs in the win. Joey Wiemer added a solo home run. Jeremy Pena was 2 for 4 with a double for the Astros (28-20).
ON THE MOUND
Brandon Bielak (1-1, 2.89 ERA) is slated to get the start for Houston. The right-hander allowed one run over five innings in his last start, a 5-1 road win over the Athletics on Friday. He was credited with the win, giving up five hits while striking out nine and walking three.
For Milwaukee, RHP Adrian Houser (0-0, 3.07 ERA) will toe the rubber. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Astros. In his last start on Friday, Houser took a no-decision on the road against the Rays. He threw six scoreless innings and gave up four hits, striking out four and walking one in the 1-0 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Houston has averaged 4.4 runs a game, equal to their season average. Against righties like Houser this season, the ‘Stros have a .687 OPS. Yordan Alvarez is the team’s best performer against right-handers with a .992 OPS in 93 at-bats.
Milwaukee is averaging only 3.6 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 4.2 for the season. The Brew Crew have a .729 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .911 OPS over 118 at-bats, Rowdy Tellez has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Houston is 14-9 in away games in 2023, scoring 4.5 runs per game while allowing 3.4 runs. Milwaukee has gone 14-9 at their home ballpark this season, averaging 4.7 runs per game while surrendering 4.0. The teams have split their last 10 meetings at American Family Field, though Houston has the scoring advantage with an average final margin of 4.8-4.2.
The Astros are second in the AL West, two games behind the division-leading Rangers. The Brewers lead the NL Central by one games over the Pirates.
SportsTips’ MLB Pick:
Houston Astros (-110)
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