MLB – Milwaukee at Houston (7:05 PM ET – FSN)

MLB – Milwaukee at Houston (7:05 PM ET – FSN)

Heading into the weekend of MLB Baseball Betting


2007-04-28

Heading into the weekend of MLB Baseball Betting, the Milwaukee Brewers had the largest divisional lead of any current frontrunner in MLB Baseball Betting. Milwaukee seems to be doing all the right things. Tonight’s opponent, Houston, has been a typically slow starter but has made nice rallies in the second half of the last two seasons. One key angle to consider for this game is that prior to last night, Houston was 12-3 against the Brewers at Minute Maid Park over the last three seasons. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM ET as one of 15 MLB Baseball Betting games on the Saturday betting board.

The Brewers were thought to be a good valued wager to win the Central Division of the National League in 2007. Coming into the season, most every team was either thought to be just holding their own like Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, sliding like St. Louis or spending ungodly amounts of money for somewhat margin talent like the Cubs & Astros. The one team that had an upside was Milwaukee, who has been a sad-sack organization for decades. After finally making a commitment to the farm system and adding enough scouts who could actually find the talent, the fruits of their labor would seem to be paying off.

Milwaukee has seized the moment in the early in the season taking over first place in the division. One of the factors in their fast start has been the pitching staff has not added fuel to any potential combustible situations. The Brewers pitchers are second in the National League in fewest walks allowed at 59, going into Friday. They trot out Dave Bush in Game 2 of this MLB Baseball Betting series. This Bush is far more popular than another owning the same last name, especially in Milwaukee these days. The Pittsburgh native once again had the Astros eating out of his hands in defeating Oswalt last Sunday as a +115 home dog. Houston finally broke thru, ending a streak of 26 consecutive innings they had failed to score against Bush. The Milwaukee offense has had plenty of punch coming into this series ranking 2nd in home runs and 5th in runs scored.

Chris Sampson has been given the chore of slowing the Brew Crew line-up. Sampson had the unenviable task as the pitcher having to pitch in the one game make-up date in Philadelphia and was hammered. The 29-year old threw well in his first two outings; however allowed 7 runs on 14 hits in just 4+ innings, this took his ERA from 1.20 to 4.26 coming into today’s ballgame. It might the everyday line-up manager Phil Garner sends out on the field is over-rated as the memory of a World Series visit two seasons ago blurs the front office’s judgment. Houston thought the addition of slugger Carlos Lee would help put them over the top offensively, and while Lee is holding up his end of the bargain, the rest are not. Craig Biggio, Morgan Ensberg, Luke Scott and Lance Berkman are all hitting less then .260 and are the reason Houston is 14th in batting and 11th in runs scored. This is a veteran cast of players who are turning out to be undistinguished. Houston enters this contest 18-29 against good power teams - averaging 1.25 or more HR's a game.

StatFox grants the Game 2 Edge to the Brewers, who have played very well in the early going of 2007 on the road.

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