Brewers Look to Snap Skid Against White Sox

Greg RiotAnalyst IJune 12, 2009

MILWAUKEE - MAY 14: Bill Hall #2 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits the ball against the Florida Marlins on May 14, 2009 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated the Marlins 5-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Suppan Looks To Help Brewers Snap Skid Against Visiting White Sox In Interleague Matchup

The Milwaukee Brewers (33-27 SU, 28-32 O/U, 33-27 RL) will be looking to snap their four-game losing streak in the BetUS Sportsbook when they host the Chicago White Sox (28-33 SU, 24-37 O/U, 31-30 RL) in the opening game of their interleague series at Miller Park tonight at 8 PM ET.

The White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 as a -110 pick'em on Thursday, as veteran Scott Podsednik singled in the winning run to lead Chicago to victory. Jim Thome and A.J. Pierzynski smacked home runs for the White Sox while the final score played Under the set O/U total (8.5).

The Brewers lost their fourth straight game falling to the Colorado Rockies 5-4 on Thursday as -185 favorites.

Ryan Braun belted a three-run homer for Milwaukee in a losing effort while the nine combined runs played Over the 7.5-run O/U total.

Tonight, the White Sox will turn to left-hander Clayton Richard (2-1, 4.05 ERA) while the Brewers counter with veteran right-hander Jeff Suppan (4-4, 4.66 ERA).

Richard will pitch on three days' rest for the first time in his career but is coming off a solid outing the last time he took the mound, limiting the Detroit Tigers to three runs on five hits in 4.2 innings on Monday, failing to record a decision in Chicago’s 5-4 loss.

Suppan is searching for his first win at home this season after going 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA in four outings at Miller Park this year.

The veteran right-hander won his last start on Saturday, limiting the Atlanta Braves to just six hits in 5.1 innings of a 3-0 victory.

Here is a look at tonight’s key trends, followed by my in-depth analysis and MLB Free Pick.

The White Sox are 6-1 in their last 7 interleague games.

The White Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. National League Central.

The White Sox are 2-6 in Richard’s last 8 starts as an underdog.

The White Sox are 0-5 in Richard’s last 5 starts vs. a team with a winning record.

The Brewers are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague home games vs. a team with a losing record.

The Brewers are 6-1 in their last 7 interleague home games.

The Brewers are 5-1 in Suppan’s last 6 starts vs. a team with a losing record.

The Brewers are 5-1 in Suppan’s last 6 starts with 5 days of rest.

The Under is 4-0 in White Sox last 4 vs. National League Central.

The Under is 4-1 in Richard’s last 5 starts overall.

The Under is 5-1 in Brewers last 6 games as a home favorite.

The Under is 4-0-1 in Suppan's last 5 starts as a home favorite.

The White Sox are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.

The Over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings.

The White Sox are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Milwaukee.

MLB Odds

Chicago White Sox +1½ -190

Clayton Richard –L +115

Milwaukee Brewers -1½ +160

Jeff Suppan –R -135

Over 9 -120

Under 9 Ev

Analysis: Chicago’s Clayton Richard has struggled with his control in each of his last two outings, walking a whopping nine batters over his last 10 innings.

Milwaukee is struggling at the plate, batting just .214 with 29 strikeouts in their three-game sweep at the hands of the Rockies.

J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart, Mike Cameron and Bill Hall are all struggling in a big way with Hardy going hitless in his last 17 at-bats, while Hart has went a tepid 4 for 28 in his last eight games and Cameron getting just two hits in his last 22 at-bats and Hall going a pitiful 5 for 63 since May 12.

Suppan is 6-6 with a 4.83 ERA in 20 appearances against the White Sox including 18 starts while Richard makes his first career start against Milwaukee.

I like the Milwaukee Brewers to win this contest and cover the Run Line as they get a solid effort from Jeff Suppan while breaking out of their batting doldrums by getting to Clayton Richard at some point.

While the White Sox have gone 6-1 in their last seven interleague games and 5-1 in their last six games against National League Central teams, they are also an uninspiring 2-6 in Richard’s last eight starts as an underdog and a winless 0-5 in Richard’s last five starts against a team with a winning record.

Milwaukee has recorded a perfect 4-0 record in their last four interleague home games against a team with a losing record while also going a stellar 6-1 in their last seven interleague home games overall.

I also like the Under in this matchup as it has gone 4-1 in Richard’s last five starts overall, 5-1 in Milwaukee’s last six games as a home favorite and 4-0-1 in Jeff Suppan’s last five starts as a home favorite.

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MLB Free Picks: Milwaukee Brewers -1½ Runs/Under 9 Total Runs