TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH
#914 MILWAUKEE with Houser (-125) over Chicago with Mills at 2:10 PM EST
In a bad mood off Saturday’s frustrating home loss to the Cubs, the Brew Crew will pick up a much needed division win here. Milwaukee is still 5.0-games behind Chicago for the top spot in the NL Central and they need this victory badly in order to close the gap.
Right-hander Adrian Houser will toe the rubber for the home team. Back on August 15th, No. 37 faced the Cubbies in the Windy City and surrendered three earned runs and five hits in 5.0 innings of work. Houser fanned five and issued three free passes but failed to earn a decision in the Brewers 6-5 win. Overall, since joining the big club back in 2015, Adrian has been tapped for 77 earned runs and 163 hits in 169.2 frames. Houser has struckout 157 and walked 60 on his way to a 7-11 mark with a 4.08 ERA.
Right-hander Alec Mills will get the nod for the Northsider’s. In his last six starts, No. 30 was crunched for 21 earned runs and 34 hits in 30.2 innings. Mills whiffed 25 and walked eight en route to a 2-3 tally with an elevated 6.16 ERA. Day starts have given Alec fits too. With the lights turned off, Mills has been blasted for 10 earned runs and 14 hits in only 8.2 frames. That equates to a dismal 0-2 record with a stiff 10.38 ERA.
On a technical note, Milwaukee has quietly won five of its last seven as a home favorite and 15 of its last 22 after scoring two runs or less in its last game. In comparison, Chicago has dropped 39 of its last 58 when priced as an underdog, 23 of its last 34 as a road pup and four of its last five in the third game of a series.
If the Brewers want to jump back into the NL Central race, then they’ll need this victory. Take Milwaukee with Houser. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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