TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION FRIDAY, AUGUST 17TH
#955 MILWAUKEE with Burnes (+126) over LA Dodgers with Lynn at 10:10 PM EST
Off back-to-back road losses to the Dodgers and with a tough three-game set in the Lone Star State against the Rangers on deck, the Brew Crew will salvage a win in their series against LA with their best arm on the bump. Milwaukee owns a 2.5-game advantage over Chicago and Cincinnati in the division and manager Craig Counsell and his troops need this victory badly in order to keep their advantage in the NL Central.
Hitting the hill for the road team will be right-hander Corbin Burnes. Facing the White Sox, Pirates, Nationals, Reds, and Phillies in his last five starts, No. 39 was scratched for only 11 earned runs and 19 hits in 31.2 innings of work. Corbin struck out 31 and walked 12 on his way to a 1-1 tally with a 3.13 ERA. Equally impressive, on the road this season, Burnes has surrendered 30 earned runs and 56 hits in 80.2 frames. That equates to a respectable 5-3 mark with a strong 3.35 ERA.
Veteran righty Lance Lynn will grab the pearl for the home team. Since coming over from the White Sox, No. 35 has made three August starts for the Dodgers and been touched for only four earned runs and 13 hits in 18.0 innings. Lance fanned 22 and issued four free passes on his way to a 3-0 record with a 2.00 ERA. However, with 24 starts combined this season, Lynn has been slammed for 90 earned runs and 143 hits (32 of which have left the park) in 137.2 frames. That adds up to a 9-9 mark and a soft 5.88 ERA.
On a technical note, the Brew Crew have dominated right-handed starters this season, winning 49 of its last 85 battles and won nine of their last 13 with Burnes on the bump. Meanwhile, with Lynn on the mound, his teams have dropped 14 of their last 25 this season.
The long ball has haunted Lance this year and he’ll have trouble against a Brewers lineup that was limited to a grand total of three runs in their last two losses to the Dodgers. Take Milwaukee with Burnes. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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