The Detroit Tigers try to bounce back from a Memorial Day loss when they face the host Milwaukee Brewers in the finale of a two-game series on Tuesday night. The first pitch for this one is set for 7:40 p.m. ET at American Family Field in Milwaukee.
The Tigers dropped the opener of the series 3-2 in 10 innings on Monday, snapping their three-game winning streak. Detroit enters Tuesday’s action at 22-32 and in last place in the American League Central, a half-game behind the fourth-place Minnesota Twins.
The Brewers won their fifth straight to improve to 29-25. Milwaukee is in third place in the National League Central, a game behind the second-place St. Louis Cardinals and four games ahead of the fourth-place Cincinnati Reds.
The MLB odds for this one have the Brewers with a moneyline of -165, while the Tigers are +145. The over/under for the series finale has been set at 7½.
On the Verge
Detroit was on an upward swing after a weekend sweep of the New York Yankees and just barely missed out on a fourth straight win on Monday. The Tigers are hoping to come out of this series with a split before moving to Chicago to take on the division-leading White Sox for a four-game set.
Getting the start for Detroit will be left-hander Matthew Boyd, who is 2-6 with a 3.43 ERA. Boyd has 47 strikeouts and 15 walks in 57.2 innings.
The 30-year-old has lost his last three starts, allowing at least four runs in each outing. In his last start, Boyd went five innings against Cleveland, allowing four runs on six hits, including a home run, while striking out five and walking two.
Outfielder Akil Baddoo had a solo home run in Monday’s loss, his first home run of the month and just his second hit since May 22. Baddoo has five home runs with 20 RBIs.
Outfielder Robbie Grossman leads the Tigers with 24 RBIs and is tied for the team lead with six home runs. He has gone 0-for-9 over the last two games.
Finding a Way
The Brewers are suddenly right back in the NL Central race, sitting just 1½ games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee is 8-2 in its last 10 games and it seems like a different player is coming through each night.
On Monday, it was third baseman Luis Urias delivering a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive in Omar Narvaez. Urias’ hit off Jose Cisnero was his first career walk-off hit.
“He was throwing heat, so I wasn’t trying to do too much,” Urías said of his game-winning hit. “I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit. I think it was kind of outside, but I’m glad that I stayed through it.”
Outfielder Avisail Garcia leads the Brewers with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs while Travis Shaw has added six home runs and 26 RBIs. Urias now has eight doubles, five home runs and 23 RBIs.
Left-hander Eric Lauer will get the start for the series finale, bringing a 1-1 record and 2.45 ERA to his fourth start and sixth appearance. Lauer has 22 strikeouts and three walks in 22 innings.
Lauer went six innings in his latest outing, a start against San Diego on May 26. He allowed just one run on four hits, striking out six and walking one in a no-decision as the Brewers fell in extra innings.
Brewers Get Win
Milwaukee is just finding ways to win and is facing a pitcher in Boyd who has really been struggling to keep opponents off the scoreboard. Look for a big game for the Brewers offense as they complete the sweep of the short series.
When making your MLB betting picks, take Milwaukee to get the win at home.