MLB Picks: Giants vs. Brewers Odds & Preview

Joe Freda

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3:00 PM GMT

Will it be another slugfest tonight for the “Brew Crew,” or can the Giants answer back as dogs?

The Milwaukee Brewers jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in Tuesday’s battle with the San Francisco Giants, holding on to collect as 115 home ‘chalk’ in a 10-8 win. Wednesday’s MLB betting has the foes continuing the set, with Milwaukee’s Kyle Lohse facing San Francisco’s Ryan Vogelsong in a duel of right-handed starters. 

Lohse goes seven in defeat

Lohse picked up his first losing decision of the year in Friday’s 2-0 defeat for Milwaukee as a 132 road dog against the St. Louis Cardinals. The 13-year veteran allowed both of St. Louis’ runs over seven frames, surrendering one homer to Cardinals slugger Yadier Molina as part of six hits.

Milwaukee was held to two hits in the affair, with mates Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks both logging 0-for-4 nights. The duo struck out a combined five times, while each leaving three men on base. 

The contest’s pair of runs gave UNDER backers the money, falling below the ‘total’ of 7 ½. Lohse went a second start without run support, following last week’s no-decision in a 3-1 loss for Milwaukee to the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

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Vogelsong picks up first win 

Vogelsong went six frames in Thursday’s 7-6 victory for San Francisco over the Chicago Cubs, cashing as a 128 road favorite. The 35-year-old allowed four earned runs on eight hits, while logging five strikeouts. 

Giants middle relievers Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla both notched holds, holding the Cubs to three hits over two innings. San Francisco’s Sergio Romo closed the affair, allowing no runs in the final frame for his sixth save of the year. 

The duel’s combined 13 runs soared above the ‘total’ of eight by the fourth inning, making the OVER 2-0 in Vogelsong’s pair of starts. Giants infielders Nick Noonan and Pablo Sandoval united to hit 4-for-9, with Sandoval notching two RBIs. 

Back the Giants and Vogelsong 

Bookmaker.eu opened Lohse as a 125 home favorite, with the MLB odds dropping to minus 120 after early wagers on San Francisco. The ‘total’ was initially posted at 8 ½, followed by UNDER betting driving the number south a ‘hook’ to eight. 

I am backing the Giants and Vogelsong in this road spot, taking a price of plus 100. 

San Francisco is 11-5 in Vogelsong’s last 16 road starts against clubs with losing records. Milwaukee’s Aramis Ramirez has the team’s best history against Vogelsong (7-for-18, 2 HRs) but will not be in the lineup, continuing to nurse a knee injury on the disabled list. 

Lohse faced San Fransciso twice last year while still on the St. Louis Cardinals staff, allowing  a sizable six earned runs over 7 2/3 frames. Giants outfielder Angel Pagan is 3-for-6 lifetime against Lohse, while coming in with a warm bat after a 2-for-3 night in Tuesday’s opener. 

San Francisco is 3-1 in its four spots this year that came after a loss, cashing with a shutout win in the span’s sole matchup at plus odds. Look for the Giants to collect again here.

MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants +100 at Bookmaker.eu