Milwaukee Brewers vs. Texas Rangers: A Thrilling Series Ahead

The Brewers are looking to bounce back

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The upcoming series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Texas Rangers is set to be an exhilarating showdown on the baseball diamond. Both teams have announced their pitching rotations, and fans can expect some intense matchups between the talented players on both sides.

Let's delve into the details of the series, analyze the key players to watch, and predict how the games might unfold for a possible World Series preview. Get ready for an exciting weekend of baseball!

Pitching Probables

The pitching rotations for both the Brewers and the Rangers have been finalized for the series. Let's take a closer look at who will be taking the mound for each team:

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Friday: Brandon Woodruff (2-1) 1.99 ERA
  2. Saturday: Freddy Peralta (9-8) 4.08 ERA
  3. Sunday: Adrian Houser (4-4) 4.43 ERA

The Brewers are sending out a trio of talented right-handers to face the Rangers. Brandon Woodruff will kick off the series on Friday, followed by Freddy Peralta on Saturday and Adrian Houser on Sunday. These pitchers have proven themselves to be formidable opponents, and the Rangers' batters will have their work cut out for them.

Texas Rangers

  1. Friday: Andrew Heaney (9-6) 4.17 ERA
  2. Saturday: Dane Dunning (9-4) 3.10 ERA
  3. Sunday: Max Scherzer (12-4) 3.67 ERA , with the Rangers ( 3-0) 1.80 ERA

On the other side of the field, the Rangers will be countering with their own talented pitchers. Left-hander Andrew Heaney will start on Friday, followed by right-hander Dane Dunning on Saturday. The series will conclude with the Rangers' ace, Max Scherzer, taking the mound on Sunday. This pitching rotation has the potential to keep the Brewers' offense in check.

Players to Watch

As we gear up for this exciting series, a few players from both teams have been making waves and will be crucial to their respective lineups. Let's shine a spotlight on these key players:

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Brice Turanng (2B): despite having a below-average last seven games, he is hitting .277 in his last 15 with a pair of homers and three stolen bases. He should bounce back and contribute to the Brewers this weekend.
  2. Christian Yelich (LF): Despite a slow start to the season, Yelich has started to regain his form, hitting .286 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs. His ability to get on base and drive in runs will be crucial for the Brewers' success.
  3. Andruw Monasterio (3B): Monasterio has been heating up at the plate, with a batting average of .262 in his last 15 games with two homers.
  4. Sal Frelick (RF): Another player who has shown promise recently is Sal Frelick, with a batting average of .235 in a limited number of at-bats. He is hitting .237 with two homers and 12 RBIs in his last 15 at-bats; look for him to nail some over total-bases prop bets in this series. 

Texas Rangers

  1. Josh Jung (3B): Jung has been a force to be reckoned with, hitting .277 with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs. His power-hitting and ability to drive in runs make him a dangerous threat in the Rangers' lineup. In his last seven games, he is slugging .542 with six RBIs; controlling him at the plate will be essential for the Brewers
  2. Adolis Garcia (CF): Garcia has been a breakout star for the Rangers this season, with a batting average of .275, 22 home runs, and 62 RBIs. His recent five home runs in his last 14 games could be problematic for the Brewers pitching staff, especially late in games. It's reasonable to assume he will hit at least one against the Brewers, with 23 of his 30 HR coming against right-handed pitchers. 
  3. Nate Lowe (1B): Lowe has consistently performed for the Rangers, hitting .259 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs. However, he is struggling in his last 15 games, hitting just .196
  4. Max Scherzer (P): Scherzer, the ace of the Rangers pitching staff, will be a player to watch when he takes the mound on Sunday. His dominant pitching and ability to shut down opposing offenses make him a formidable opponent.

Predictions and Outlook

With both teams fielding talented players and strong pitching rotations, this series promises to be a thrilling battle. The Brewers are coming into the series with momentum, riding a winning streak, while the Rangers are looking to end their homestand on a high note.

The Brewers will rely on their strong pitching and timely hitting, while the Rangers will look to capitalize on their power-hitting lineup and dominant pitching.

Brewers vs. Rangers Odds [8/18]

The Milwaukee Brewers currently sit at +3000 to win the World Series while the Texas Rangers have odds of +600. This weekend series could be a glimpse of what we could see in the post season showdown.

  • Run Line: Rangers -1.5 (+150), Brewers +1.5 (-180)
  • Moneyline: Rangers -135, Brewers +114
  • Total: Over/Under 8 (-115/-105)

The Rangers are listed as -1.5 favorites versus the Brewers, with +150 at multiple sportsbooks, the best odds currently available.

For the underdog Brewers (+1.5) to cover the run line at -180, is the consensus among all sportsbooks. 

So mark your calendars, grab the popcorn, and prepare for an action-packed baseball weekend as the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Texas Rangers.