MLB Baseball Betting: Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds

MLB Baseball Betting:  Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds

The Milwaukee Brewers started the season in disastrous form and until a couple of weeks ago were the second worst team in baseball. At that point, only the lowly Philadelphia Phillies had a worse record. Fast forward a couple of weeks and things are markedly different–the Brewers are the hottest team in baseball. Milwaukee has won seven straight and ten of their last 12 and will try to improve upon that torrid run as they face the bumbling Cincinnati Reds on Sunday at the Great American Ballpark. The Brewers have a monumental task ahead of them if they’re looking to get back in the NL Central race. Heading into Sunday’s action they trail the division leading St. Louis Cardinals by 18.5 games. The first team they have to ‘pick off’, however, is the Cincinnati Reds who are three games ahead in fourth place.

Cincinnati has been bumbling through the 2015 season doing nothing particularly well but still ‘hanging around’. Heading into today’s contest they’ve lost 6 of 10 and 7 of 12 along with the first two games of this series. Since they’ve underachieved all season long and haven’t really met the expectations of fans–or bettors–the Reds have lost money in virtually every situational breakdown. They’ll give the ball to veteran righthander Mike Leake who has been in mediocre form at best this season. Leake is usually one of the more dependable arms in the Cincy rotation but this season he’s got a 4.38 ERA overall with the reds losing 9 of his 16 starts. At home, his ERA balloons to 6.11 but Cincy has split his 8 starts at the GABP despite this bloated earned run average.

Milwaukee will counter with Taylor Jungman who has been a very pleasant surprise, even as the Brewers have slumped out of the gate. Jungman has a 2.79 ERA and the Brewers have won three of his five starts including all three road assignments. At this point, it’s obvious that Milwaukee is heading in the right direction while it’s the ‘same old same old’ in Cincinnati. The Brewers could have dug themselves an insurmountable hole with their poor start to the season. Then again, it’s only early July and there’s a half season of baseball left. Until they give us reason to do otherwise we’ll keep riding the red hot Brew Crew.