MLB Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers vs San Francisco Giants, Odds and Preview - 08/30/2021

by James Q

MLB Baseball:  Milwaukee Brewers vs San Francisco Giants, Odds and Preview - 08/30/2021

Game Time:  9:45 pm ET, Monday, August 30, 2021
Venue:  Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
Where to Watch: NBCS BA,  Bally Sports Wisconsin

Opening MLB Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Brewers -150, Giants +125; Over/Under:  9 runs
BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  Brewers -170, Reds +150; Over/Under:  9 runs
PointsBet:  Moneyline odds:  Brewers -175, Reds +155; Over/Under:  9 runs

Season Record

Giants: 84-46, 1st place NL West
Brewers:  79-52, 1st place NL Central
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Milwaukee Brewers vs San Francisco Giants Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
The San Francisco Giants are 6-4 over their last ten games.  Logging 2 Overs, 7 Unders and 1 Push.  They had a decent lead in the National League West standings but recently the Dodgers have put the NL West race into full sprint.  It’s down to two games.  Over the ten games the Giants went 0-1 against the New York Mets, 2-1 against the Oakland Athletics, swept the New York Mets 3-0, and went 1-2 against the Atlanta Braves.
The Milwaukee Brewers are 5-5 over their last ten games.  Notching 4 Overs, 5 Unders and 1 Push.  Over the ten they went 0-1 against the St Louis Cardinals, 2-1 against the Washington Nationals, 2-1 against the Cincinnati Reds, and 1-2 against the Minnesota Twins.  

Offensive Analysis

The Giants are 10th in batting average .244, 9th in runs scored 627, 1st in home runs 197.  They have been a fantastic lineup all season.  The Giants offense is top ten in all categories.
The Brewers entered Saturday with a seven-game advantage over the Reds in the NL Central; but do they also have some potent batters?   The Brewers are 26th in team batting average .234, 10th in runs scored 606, and 15th in home runs 160.  Their best offensive stat is 5th in BB 477.  They are a 1st place team in the NL Central because the NL Central is weak and because they have a good pitching staff.

Defensive Analysis

The Giants are 2nd in team ERA 3.02, while the Brewers are 3rd in team ERA 3.28. The Giants are 2nd in WHIP 1.13, while the Brewers are 5th in WHIP 1.18.  The Giants are 16th in strikeouts 1133, while the Brewers are 2nd in strikeouts 1309.    It’s an even contest as far as pitching goes.  


Brewers vs Giants Prediction

The Giants will start Johnny Cueto, righty, 7-6, 3.73 ERA, 94 strikeouts in 108 innings of work, 1.30 WHIP.  The 35 year old has been a top notch starter in the MLB for a lot of years amassing 135-96 over 13 years.  He’s a solid pro who should get plenty of run support.
The Brewers will start Corbin Burnes, righty, 8-4, 2.30 ERA, 180 strikeouts in 133 innings pitched, 0.94 WHIP.  26 year old Corbin has a strong arm and lots of control. Since his debut in July of 2018 he has averaged 1 ⅓ strikeouts per inning.  He is a top notch canon.
The Brewers vs Giants Monday, August 30th game prediction is Brewers 5 Giants 2
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MLB Betting Trends

Milwaukee Brewers are 79-52 on the moneyline, 42-23 in Road Games.  This is a road game. The Milwaukee Brewers are 58-62-10 O/U on the season and 29-30-5 on the road.
The Giants are 84-46 on the moneyline on the season and 42-19 at home. The Giants are 58-67-5 O/U for the season 31-29-1 at home.  This is a home game.

Key Injuries

San Francisco Giants: Kris Bryant (side) Day to Day, Donovan Solano SS (covid) Out
Milwaukee Brewers:  Tyrone Taylor (CF), 10-day IL (oblique); Freddy Peralta (P), 10-day IL (shoulder)

Players to Watch

Giants: Kris Bryant.  He is listed as Day to Day but if it is more serious than the Giants have trouble.  They traded for Kris at the trade deadline to keep up with the Dodgers nuclear arms race.  If Kris can’t go?
Brewers: Avisail Garcia.  It’s always Avisaill Garcia for the Brewers.  He leads them in AVG, HR, RBI, Hits, OBP


Notable Quotes

"We lost three in a row, but I feel like every team goes through that little bit of adversity," - Jace Peterson, Milwaukee third baseman.

"I have a lot of belief in this club and every time we go on the field I think we're going to win that day's baseball game, but right now I'm not pleased with the way we played this one," -Giants manager Gabe Kapler about the loss to the Atlanta Braves Saturday.
Starting Lineups
L. Wade Jr., RF
T. La Stella, 2B
D. Ruf, LF
B. Belt, 1B
B. Crawford, SS
W. Flores, 3B
M. Yastrzemski, CF
C. Casali, C
A. DeSclafani, P
Milwaukee Brewers
K. Wong, 2B
W. Adames, SS
C. Yelich, LF
A. Garcia, RF
E. Escobar, 1B
L. Urias, 3B
L. Cain, CF
M. Pina, C
C. Burnes, P

Statistical Leaders

Batting Average: Brandon Crawford (.291)
Home Runs: Mike Yastrzemski (21)
RBI:  Brandon Crawford  (73)
OBP:  Brandon Crawford  (.360)
Hits: Brandon Crawford (109)
Milwaukee Brewers
Batting Average:  Willy Adames (.293)
Hits:  Avisail Garcia (105)
Home Runs:  Avisail Garcia (24)
RBI:  Avisail Garcia (73)
Stolen Bases:  Kolten Wong (9)
Wins:  Brent Suter (12)
Saves:  Josh Hader (26)
ERA:  Corbin Burnes (2.13)


 Milwaukee Brewers:  Craig Counsell (7th season)
San Francisco Giants:  Gabe Kapler  

Weather Forecast

Partly Cloudy with a high of 65*, 14% chance of showers, 18 MPH winds coming off the bay.

James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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