Bet Mike Minor & Braves to Beat Brewers

Jeff Grant

Monday, May 19, 2014 1:10 PM UTC

Monday, May. 19, 2014 1:10 PM UTC

The Atlanta Braves are struggling mightily at the plate, but their pitching staff will lead them to a series-opening win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines.

Treading water 
Milwaukee owns a four-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central standings, but the club has split its last 10 contests, as it looks to bounce back from a 4-2 defeat to the Chicago Cubs as -120 road favorites Sunday.

The Brewers are averaging just 3.18 runs over their last 11 games, with key players Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez all missing time due to injuries in that span. It’s important to point out that the franchise is a dismal 25-47 in May since the start of the 2012 campaign. 

All about pitching
Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak by picking up a 6-5 victory over the Cardinals as +103 road underdogs Sunday, while going 'over' the betting total for the third time in four opportunities. 

The Braves rank 29th in the Majors in averaging 3.15 runs per game, but they still occupy the top spot in the NL East due to leading all teams with a 2.82 ERA. MLB handicappers will find that the squad is 10-4 at home when the total is 7 or less this season.

Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta (4-2, 2.05 ERA) has watched the club drop his last two efforts, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 4-1 home defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out, as he gave up a single run and five hits over seven innings. 

The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two road appearances, with opposing hitters batting just .170 against him (.261 at home). In two career starts versus the Braves, Peralta has compiled a 1-0 record and 0.69 ERA.

Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (1-2, 4.24 ERA) registered his first win of the season last time out, as he scattered just three hits over 6.2 shutout frames in a 5-0 road victory over the San Francisco Giants. 

The left-hander is 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA in three starts versus the Brewers since 2012, while he’s held Braun hitless in seven at-bats against him in his career.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Braves as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won nine of their last 11 home games versus the Brewers. 

Free MLB Pick: Atlanta Braves -128


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