Bet MLB Total: Nationals vs. Brewers

Jeff Grant

Monday, June 23, 2014 12:11 PM GMT

Monday, Jun. 23, 2014 12:11 PM GMT

The Milwaukee Brewers have put up great offensive numbers against pitchers that have been known to put on base runners, which will lead to a high-scoring affair versus the Washington Nationals Monday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League matchup.

 

Putting Things Together
Washington has outscored opponents by a 97-58 margin during its current 14-8 run since May 30, which has played a big part in its 1.5-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East standings. The Nationals possess the best bullpen in the Majors, while they’ve captured 33 of 36 games when scoring four or more runs during the 2014 campaign. 

It’s still important to point out that the club is a miserable 24-39 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 over the last two-plus seasons.


Bring out the Broom
Milwaukee went 6-1 on its recently completed seven-game road trip, which ended by scoring 28 runs in sweeping a three-game set from the Colorado Rockies over the weekend. The Brewers are led offensively by the steady play of outfielder Carlos Gomez, who has reached base safely in his last 35 games played—hitting .356 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in that span. 

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 14-5 versus left-handed starters this year.


 Gonzalez
Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 4.85 ERA) is searching for his first win since April 18, while he comes off a no-decision effort in a 6-5 home victory over the Houston Astros last time out. The left-hander is 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA in five road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .265 against him (.242 at home). In two career starts versus the Brewers, Gonzalez has compiled a 1-0 record and 2.77 ERA.


Garza
Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (4-4, 4.02 ERA) hasn’t earned a decision in watching the squad drop his last two efforts, including a 4-3 setback on the road to the Arizona Diamondbacks last week. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA in eight home appearances—issuing 14 walks and striking out 47 batters in 53 combined frames. Garza has registered a 1-0 record and 6.41 ERA in four lifetime starts versus the Nationals, but hasn’t faced them since 2012.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the Brewers have gone 'over' the number in their last 11 games versus starting pitchers that have a WHIP above 1.30.Gonzalez has allowed 53 hits and walked 23 batters in 55.2 innings this season.

Free MLB Pick: Over 8

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