The Arizona Diamondbacks try to start a road trip off on the right foot when they take on the host Milwaukee Brewers in the first of a four-game series on Thursday night. The first pitch for the series opener is set for 7:40 p.m. ET at American Family Field in Milwaukee.
Arizona is coming off a 7-6 loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday, dropping it to 20-37. The Diamondbacks are in last place in the National League West standings, 2½ games behind the fourth-place Colorado Rockies.
Milwaukee had a five-game winning streak snapped with a 10-7 setback to Detroit on Tuesday. The Brewers are 29-26 and in third place in the NL Central, 1½ games behind the second-place St. Louis Cardinals and four games ahead of the fourth-place Cincinnati Reds.
Looking at the MLB odds for betting on this game, the Brewers have a moneyline of -175, while the Diamondbacks are at +155. The over/under for this contest is set for 9½ runs.
The Diamondbacks have won two of their last four games entering this series, which is a lot better than the 13-game losing streak the team snapped on Sunday. Arizona has a weight off its shoulders now and should be able to play a little looser with some wins under its belt.
On the mound Thursday will be right-hander Jon Duplantier, making his second start and appearance of the season. The 26-year-old started three games in 2019 before sitting out the 2020 season with an elbow injury that delayed the start to his year.
Against the Cardinals on May 27, Duplantier went 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, including a home run, while striking out five and walking two. Dunplantier had a 1-1 record and a save with an ERA of 4.42 over 15 total appearances in 2019, his rookie season.
Third baseman Eduardo Escobar leads the Diamondbacks offense, tying for 10th in baseball with 13 home runs and tying for eighth in the majors with 39 RBIs. He comes into this game with a nine-game hit streak.
First baseman Pavin Smith enters the series opener with a 13-game hit streak, raising his batting average to a team-best .290. Smith has 13 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 21 RBIs and 33 runs scored.
The Brewers are coming off a game against Detroit in which they hit five home runs but still lost. That’s something that’s happened just seven times in the 53 seasons the franchise has been in existence.
“It felt like basically the whole game we were fighting,” second baseman Kolten Wong said after the loss. “It was one of those tough ones. When we scored one, they came back and scored one or two. We were just constantly chasing, just a little too far behind.”
Wong had two of those home runs, giving him four as well as 15 RBIs and 24 runs scored. Outfielder Tyrone Taylor also hit two while third baseman Luis Urias hit his sixth of the season.
The top power hitter for the Brewers has been outfielder Avisail Garcia, who has 10 home runs, 31 RBIs and 26 runs scored, all team-leading totals. Milwaukee is still hoping for more from former NL MVP Christian Yelich, who has played in just 23 games due to back issues, hitting .250 with one home run and five RBIs.
Left-hander Brett Anderson will be on the mound for the series opener, making his ninth start. Anderson is 2-3 with a 4.18 ERA, having struck out 20 and walked 11 in 32.1 innings.
The 33-year-old had a short stint in his last start, lasting just 3.1 innings against Washington on Saturday. Anderson allowed one earned run on four hits, striking out three and walking three in taking a no-decision.
Brewers Win Opener
Milwaukee showed some offensive spark in its last game and that should carry over into this one. Arizona is just 9-21 away from home and that record gets worse with a loss in the series opener.
When making your MLB betting picks, take Milwaukee to get the win at home.
Pick: Milwaukee Brewers -175