MLB Betting Free Pick: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Angels
FREE PICK: Milwaukee Brewers (Chacin) at LA Angels (Cahill)
#970 Los Angeles -103 (Monday, April 8 @ 10 pm EST)
Over the last two regular seasons, the Milwaukee Brewers are an incredible 53-7 in games that ace reliever Josh Hader made an appearance. The result, while impressive, also makes sense as Hader has arguably been the the best relief pitcher in MLB during that span and he’s generally called upon to hold leads or save games. When Hader does not pitch, the Brewers are a far more pedestrian 51-62. That output again makes sense as there is simply no reason to waste Hader in games where Milwaukee’s chances of winning are slim. But part of that record included games in which Hader couldn’t pitch due to workload which tonight qualifies as after the big lefty threw 2.2 IP and 36 pitches in last night’s 4-2 win over rival Chicago. And outside of Hader, Milwaukee’s bullpen, which is short a few key arms, has allowed 21 earned runs in 31 innings.
Tonight is also a tough spot for the Brewers who just took three straight divisional series over the Cubs, Reds, and Cardinals to start to season and must travel to the West Coast on no rest. And while we grade the starting pitching matchup between Jhoulys Chacín and Trevor Cahill as fairly even, the Angels’ bullpen (35.1 IP, 1.53 ERA) should hold a significant late inning advantage. Grab Los Angeles at the near pick ’em price tag.