One Down, Three to Go
Friday is finally here, and we have a great day of baseball ahead of us. Let’s have some fun, bet on MLB and enjoy the remainder of the 2022 regular season. On Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Cincinnati Reds in the second of the four-game series.
As the race to October continues, the Brewers have a record of 80-70. They are playing very well in September, but are still 7½ games back of the National League Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals. With St. Louis’ magic number down to five, Milwaukee is focusing on the Wild Card at this point. The Brewers are 2½ games back of the Philadelphia Phillies for the final Wild Card spot. There are 12 games left in the season.
The Reds want to prevent their NL Central foes from making the postseason. Cincinnati has a 59-91 record, which puts them in fourth place in the top-heavy division. The Reds are 3-7 in their last 10 outings.
Time Running Out
With such little baseball left in the season, the Milwaukee Brewers would certainly love to win the NL Central, but their sole focus is getting into the postseason. For that to happen, they have to win games that the MLB free picks have them as the favorite in, and they have to do whatever it takes to catch the Philadelphia Phillies.
Milwaukee is known for its pitching and has shown that as of late. The Brewers have only allowed one run in their last two games. The Brewers will rely on Eric Lauer on the mound on Friday. Lauer is 10-7 with a 3.91 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 138 strikeouts through 145.0 innings.
Lauer is making his return from the 15-day IL after having some elbow issues. The left-hander allowed seven earned runs in his last start against the Colorado Rockies. He is going up against the Cincinnati Reds for the third time. He had a great one-run outing in his last game against the Reds, but allowed three home runs in the first matchup.
Covering the spread has been a real issue for the Brewers. They have a 63-86 record against the spread and are 31-46 on the road.
Taking an important game away from a team in their division would pay dividends on the confidence of this struggling team.
Mike Minor will take the mound for a team that has struggled on the hill. Minor is 4-12 with a 6.06 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 76 strikeouts through 98.0 IP innings. The lefty has struggled and has a 6.00 ERA against the Brew Crew, who hit .261 against him.
It is rare you will see the Reds as the favorites on the MLB lines, so you expect it to be easier to cover the spread. That has not been the case, as Cincinnati is 71-77 against the spread and 31-42 at home.
Brewers vs Reds Head-to-Head
If you are betting online in game two of the series, you should take into consideration their previous matchups. The Brewers hold an 11-5 advantage in the head-to-head battle against the Reds.
Brewers vs Reds Game Information
- Game: Brewers (80-70) vs Reds (59-91)
- Location: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Day/Time: Friday, Sept. 23, 6:40 p.m. ET
- Brewers vs Reds Live Stream: MLB.tv
Brewers vs Reds Betting Lines
E. Lauer -L
M. Minor -L
Brewers vs Reds Prediction
The “O” in Mike Minor’s name stands for “over.” He has allowed nine earned runs in his last two outings. Baseball is more fun when runs are being scored, and it certainly helps when Minor is on the mound. Our sportsbook expects a lot of runs and so should you
Lauer is coming off an injury and his worst start of the season. We are in for a shootout between the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds. Take over nine runs and do not look back. The odds may bounce around prior to first pitch, but stick with it.