Playoff Push Intensifies in Milwaukee
While the New York Yankees appear to be on their way to the American League East crown, the Milwaukee Brewers are scrapping and clawing to stay alive in the National League. They are 1½ games behind the San Diego Padres in the NL Wild-Card race with 19 to play, beginning with Friday’s opener of a three-game series against New York.
Judge, Yankees Seek Fifth Straight Win
Aaron Judge didn’t homer Wednesday in Boston in a 5-3 victory that pushed the New York Yankees’ win streak to four in a row. He hammered two the night before in a dramatic 7-6 triumph, giving him 57 for the season. That’s four shy of the team mark of 61 set by Roger Maris 61 years ago in, of course, 1961, and there will be plenty of eyes on Judge’s results this weekend in Milwaukee, one of the more homer-friendly parks in the majors.
Judge did have a base hit Wednesday and came around on the key play of the game, a Little League three-run “homer” by Gleyber Torres that came when the hapless Red Sox decided to throw the ball all over the place.
“I was exhausted,” Torres said of the run around the bases after what started as just a sharp single to right. “But, I mean, like, happy, too.”
The Yankees have been, like, happy, too, with wins in 8t of their last 10 games, which has helped them to build a six-game lead with 19 to play. They’ll try to inch closer in Friday’s series opener behind Frankie Montas, who has had an up-and-down tenure with New York.
After dominating the Tampa Bay Rays in five innings of a clutch win two turns ago, Montas was knocked around in a rematch last Friday, giving up nine hits and four walks in 5⅔ innings. His tendency to counter a good start with a bad start would suggest he’s in line for a solid showing Friday, and perhaps that might sway you when making your MLB picks at the sportsbook.
Brewers Begin Home-Heavy Stretch Run
Friday’s tilt not only begins a three-game series at American Family Field but it also starts a six-game homestand (the Mets come in next) and it commences a favorable closing stretch in which the Milwaukee Brewers play 15 of their last 19 at home.
The Yankees, and more specifically Judge, are perhaps the biggest challenge along the way.
“Hopefully he has a nice, cold series against us so we can go out and win some baseball games,” Brewers ace Corbin Burnes said of Judge, who has never played in Milwaukee.
Burnes won’t be part of the series after pitching in Wednesday’s loss to St. Louis. Adrian Houser is the first up for Milwaukee as he looks to win his third straight start. The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed two earned runs in 13 innings since he was beaten up by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 24 in his return from an elbow injury.
Houser is likely happy for this glut of home games to end the year. He has a 3.21 ERA in nine appearances in Milwaukee, another consideration for those of you betting online.
Yankees vs Brewers Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting since the Brewers took two of three in the Bronx in July of 2017. The Yankees’ last visit to Milwaukee was in 2014 when the Brewers also took two of three.
Yankees vs Brewers Game Information
- Game: Yankees (87-56) vs Brewers (76-67)
- Location: American Family Field
- Day/Time: Friday, Sept. 16, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Yankees vs Brewers Live Stream: MLB.tv
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Yankees vs Brewers Betting Lines
|New York Yankees
F. Montas -R
|-1½ +135||-122||8 -115o||4½ +105o
A. Houser -R
|+1½ -155||+112||8 -105u||3½ -120o
Yankees vs Brewers Prediction
Houser won’t strike fear in anyone, but he is the kind of pitcher that can stymie New York. He doesn’t allow many home runs, letting up zero in six of his last seven starts. It’s the kind of stretch he had late last year when he posted a 2.16 ERA over the season’s final three months while allowing just one home run in 66⅔ innings.
The Yankees are 12-25 when they fail to go deep, 7-15 in such scenarios on the road. They’re 37-34 on the road and rank 29th in the majors by covering the run line away from home just 42.3% of the time.
The desperate Brewers will get a few big hits against Montas and New York’s up-and-down bullpen, and Houser will give
Milwaukee is something to work with. See what the MLB spreads give you and consider taking the hosts in the opener.