MLB Picks: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Boston Red Sox
The Milwaukee Brewers (1-2) and Boston Red Sox (2-1) will open up an interleague series Friday, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET at Fenway Park
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Boston Red Sox
Milwaukee dropped two of three games against the Atlanta Braves in its season-opening series, including a 1-0 setback as -128 favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total in each of those affairs. The Brewers will be able to utilize the designated hitter in this affair, which comes at a great time due to the team’s health. Manager Ron Roenicke plans on using three different players in that spot in the lineup over the course of the weekend. Milwaukee is 7-14 as a road underdog of +150 to +175 the last two-plus seasons.
Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada compiled a 4-0 record and 2.25 ERA during the spring, which landed him a spot in the rotation to begin the 2014 MLB campaign. The right-hander is 8-11 with a 4.39 ERA in 54 career road appearances (27 starts), as he prepares to make his second-ever appearance at this ballpark. Estrada allowed three runs and four hits over four innings of work in his lone relief outing in Beantown.
Boston returns home after taking two of three games against the Baltimore Orioles, including a 4-3 victory as +102 underdogs Thursday night, while going UNDER the betting total in each of those affairs. The Red Sox will unfurl the franchise’s eighth championship banner, which will have the home crowd ready to roar in the home opener. Boston has won seven of nine meetings against Milwaukee since the start of interleague play.
Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy went 12-5 with a 4.17 ERA in 23 games a season ago, including a 7-0 mark and 2.73 ERA when pitching at home. The right-hander has compiled a 21-14 record and 3.46 ERA in 51 career outings in April, with opposing hitters batting just .232 in that situation. In nine lifetime efforts versus the Brewers, Peavy has gone 3-3 with a 2.48 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely back the Brewers due to their 6-2 record in Estrada’s last eight starts as a underdog of +110 to +150.