Padres Riding Four-Game Win Streak
The San Diego Padres try for a fifth straight victory when they host the Milwaukee Brewers in the first of a three-game series between National League contenders on Monday night. San Diego swept a three-game weekend series from the San Francisco Giants and sits just a half-game behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
Milwaukee is coming off a loss to the Washington Nationals on Sunday that snapped its three-game winning streak and cut its lead in the NL Central to three games over the St. Louis Cardinals. This should be a great series, so make sure you read our in-depth preview of the opener.
Brewers Begin Busy Road Swing
The Milwaukee Brewers have been playing very well at home this season, going 14-6 despite Sunday’s loss to the Washington Nationals. They now they begin an 11-game, 10-day road trip against one of the hottest teams in baseball in the San Diego Padres, followed by series against a pair of division rivals.
Right-hander Adrian Houser will try to get the Brewers off to a good start in the opening game of the trip when he makes his eighth start. Houser is 3-4 with a 3.22 ERA, striking out 31 in 36⅓ innings. He took the loss in his last outing against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday despite going six innings and allowing just one unearned run on four hits while striking out six and walking two.
Outfielder Andrew McCutchen is back in the lineup after spending time on the COVID-19 injured list. McCutchen came back on Friday and has gone 4-for-12 with a double, a home run and two RBIs in the three games since. The veteran is batting .250 with six doubles, three home runs, 16 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
Outfielder Hunter Renfroe leads Milwaukee with a .268 batting average and comes into this game on a six-game hitting streak. Sunday snapped a three-game streak of Renfroe driving in at least one run, but he has seven doubles, nine home runs, 19 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
Padres Rolling Behind Machado
The San Diego Padres are feeling very good after a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants over the weekend, led by third baseman Manny Machado’s hot bat. Machado had three doubles and a triple in Sunday’s game alone, driving in a pair of runs as he became just the eighth player in franchise history to have four extra-base hits in a game.
“A good baseball day for us, very good,” Machado said after Sunday’s win. “We’ve got a really good thing going here as a ballclub and if we continue to do things the right way, things will fall in. But you have to keep that foot on the gas.”
Machado leads baseball with his .374 batting average, having gone 8-for-14 at the plate in the three games. He has 12 doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 27 RBIs and 33 runs scored, which ranks third in the majors.
Second baseman Jake Cronenworth was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored on Sunday. He’s batting just .208 but has seven doubles, two triples, three home runs, 19 RBIs and 22 runs scored.
San Diego will send right-hander Nick Martinez to the mound to open the series. Martinez is 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA in six starts and seven appearances. He pitched in relief in his last outing, throwing four shutout innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, allowing two hits and striking out six.
Brewers vs Padres Head-to-Head
The Milwaukee Brewers are hoping for the same kind of trip to Petco Park as they had in the 2021 campaign, when they swept a three-game series from the San Diego Padres. Milwaukee took five of the seven meetings between these clubs last season.
That came after the two teams didn’t play in 2020. The Padres had won all three games played in San Diego in 2019, which followed a three-game sweep by the Brewers in 2018. The MLB lines make this game almost a pick ‘em, with the home team getting the slight advantage.
Brewers vs Padres Game Information
- Game: Brewers (26-15) vs Padres (27-14)
- Location: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
- Day/Time: Monday, 9:40 p.m. ET
- Brewers vs Padres Live Stream: MLB.tv
Brewers vs Padres Betting Lines
Brewers vs Padres Prediction
The San Diego Padres are on a roll right now, with Machado playing as well as anyone in baseball. The Milwaukee Brewers aren’t going to be an easy team to beat, but we like the hot bats of the Padres in this one.
When making your MLB picks, take San Diego to get the win at home.