The Milwaukee Brewers are visiting the Houston Astros this week for a two-game interleague series. The Brewers got a rude welcome to the Lone Star State in the series opener, losing by a score of 10-8. The second game of this series on Wednesday night will feature a pair of pitchers who should both be All-Stars this season.
Houston has been dominant at home all season long and has now won 25 of their first 34 games at Minute Maid Park. The Astros come into this game with a record of 46-22 and are running away from the pack in the AL West. The Brewers had their four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night. Milwaukee is still atop the NL Central Division with a 38-29 record.
The Houston Astros are -145 over the Milwaukee Brewers in game two of the series.
Verlander Makes Start For Astros
The Houston Astros will have their ace on the mound for this game in Justin Verlander. Verlander will be making his 15th start of the season in this game, and he has been one of the top pitchers in the American League yet again. The former Cy Young Award winner has gone 9-2 with a 2.31 earned run average so far this season, and he has been dominant since arriving in Houston a few seasons ago.
The Houston Astros already had one of the best lineups in baseball, but it just recently got better. Houston called up Yordan Alvarez earlier this week, and he has hit a home run in each of his first two games. Houston pounded out 12 hits and blasted four home runs in the win on Tuesday night. The Astros hit homers like crazy at Minute Maid Park.
Woodruff On Mound For Brew Crew
Verlander might be the headlining starting pitcher in this game, but the Brewers have a red-hot pitcher on the mound for them as well. Brandon Woodruff has not lost a start dating back to the beginning of April and just continues to deliver quality starts for his team. Woodruff brings an 8-1 record into this game and has an ERA of just under 4.00. The Brewers also have a dominant closer in Josh Hader and just need a solid six innings from Woodruff in this game.
Christian Yelich continues to put up huge numbers for this Brewers offense. Yelich blasted his league-leading 25th home run on Tuesday night to go along with a batting average over .340. Yasmani Grandal had four runs batted in, including a three-run homer in the ninth inning. The Brewers might not have as deep of a lineup as the Astros, but there is some thunder in there.
Astros Win on Wednesday Night
Houston just doesn’t lose many games at home, especially when they have Justin Verlander on the mound. The Astros are scoring runs in bunches of late, and they should be able to solve Woodruff in this game. Milwaukee is a really good team, but the Astros are on a whole other level. Bet the Houston Astros -145 over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.