The Toronto Blue Jays are gearing up for a week of interleague action starting with a three-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers which will begin on Tuesday.
The Jays have a 28-26 record, but find themselves in last place in the AL East, 10 games back from the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays.
They'll trot out Yusei Kikuchi for the start on Tuesday and he'll take on Adrian Houser of the Brewers.
Let's dive into the betting odds and my best bet for Tuesday's action.
Brewers vs. Blue Jays odds, run line, and total
Brewers vs. Blue Jays prediction and pick
Yusei Kikuchi provides us with a great opportunity to bet on the Blue Jays in this game. No, it's (obviously) not due to his numbers considering his ERA sits at a medicore number of 4.56.
Instead, it's due to how bad the Brewers have been against left-handed pitchers this season. Their OPS drops from .716 against right-handed pitchers to .615 against lefties, which is the worst mark in the Majors. They're also batting a measly .207 against lefties which, you guessed it, is the worst mark in MLB.
On top of that, the Brewers have had one of the worst bullpens in the month of May. This month, they have a bullpen ERA of 5.00. Only the Cubs, Mets, and Athletics have been worse. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, enter with a bullpen ERA of 4.08.
So, while the Brewers may have a significant pitching advantage when you compare his 2.25 ERA to Kikuchi's 4.56 ERA, there's more to this game than just those numbers. There's a reason the Jays are a sizable favorite in this one and I won't hesitate in backing them.
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