Free MLB Picks Today: New York Mets vs Milwaukee Brewers 6/26/23

Free MLB Picks Today: New York Mets vs Milwaukee Brewers 6/26/23
Mon 26th June 2023

The Milwaukee Brewers (40-37) take one of the lightest-hitting offenses in the NL on the road to face the New York Mets (35-42) at Citi Field on Monday for the opener of a four-game series.

The Brewers are in the midst of a 10-game road trip. They won two out of three in their last series against the Guardians, taking the finale 5-4 on Sunday at Progressive Field.

Owen Miller was 2 for 5 with two doubles, one run, and two RBIs. The Mets are playing the first of seven games at home after returning from a difficult six-game road trip (2-4).

They lost two of three against the Phillies in their last series, dropping the finale 7-6 on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. Pete Alonso went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs. Omar Narvaez added two runs on one hit and two walks.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Brewers have won all three games this season between the teams, including a 7-6 victory in their most recent meeting on April 5 at American Family Field. Reliever Devin Williams was credited with the win after throwing one scoreless inning.

ON THE MOUND

Colin Rea (3-4, 4.88 ERA) is set to get the start for Milwaukee. The RHP allowed five runs (four earned) over 5.1 innings in his last start, a 7-5 road win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. He scattered seven hits while striking out two and walking one in the no-decision.

For New York, righty Justin Verlander (2-4, 4.50 ERA) is on the mound. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Brewers. In his last start on Tuesday, Verlander took the loss on the road against the Astros. He threw seven innings and gave up four runs on eight hits, striking out five, in the 4-2 defeat.

AT THE PLATE

The Milwaukee offense is averaging 4.1 runs per game for the season, the second lowest in the National League, with a slash line of .226/.303/.373.

Christian Yelich leads the team in OPS at .790. The right fielder is slashing .268/.362/.428 with nine home runs, 34 RBIs, and 52 runs over 74 games.

Against right-handed pitchers like Verlander this season, the Brew Crew have a .684 OPS. Yelich also is the team’s best performer against right-handers with a .852 OPS in 197 at-bats.

New York is slashing .240/.319/.397 for the season and averaging 4.5 runs per game. Alonso leads the team with a .839 OPS. The first baseman has 24 home runs, 55 RBIs, and 44 runs scored with a slash line of .221/.314/.526.

The Mets have a .718 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .852 OPS over 178 at-bats, Alonso also has been their best hitter against right-handers.

HOME AND AWAY

Milwaukee is 18-19 away from American Family Field in 2023, scoring 3.8 runs per game while allowing 4.4 runs. New York has gone 17-15 at their home ballpark this season, averaging 4.2 runs per game while surrendering 4.3.

New York is 6-4 in the last 10 games between the teams at Citi Field despite an average scoreline favoring Milwaukee (4.6-3.5).

STANDINGS UPDATE

The Brewers are second in the NL Central, one game behind the division-leading Reds. The Mets are fourth in the NL East, 14 games behind the Braves.

SportsTips’ MLB Pick:

NY Mets (-190)

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