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Padres Need Some Relief

Updated: .May 16, 2017

By Charles Jay

The San Diego Padres find themselves going backward once again, which is often the case for teams who are seemingly forever in the “rebuilding” stages. On Monday night, having lost five of their last six games, the Padres will line up for action against the Milwaukee Brewers in a scheduled 10:10 PM ET start at Petco Park. And America’s Bookie customers will have an opportunity to place wagers on this game after it has already started, as they take advantage of two different “Live Betting” options that are available in the user-friendly sportsbook interface.

Milwaukee has won six of its last seven games, and they go into Monday’s action in second place in the National League Central, only one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals. And they have really broken out the lumber over that period, scoring six runs or more in all of those victories, with three outings where they tallied eleven runs. They have 22 runs in their last two games, and exploded for eight runs in their last two at-bats on Sunday to overcome a six-run deficit and beat the New York Mets. They scored runs in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game, and 29 over the three contests against the Mets, who have gotten beaten up a little by injuries.

The reason we mention this is that the Padres’ bullpen has performed like it has been beaten up, period. They have compiled just a 5.44 ERA as a unit this season, and have blown 42% of their save opportunities, which is a huge figure. They had been ahead 3-1 against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, then the ‘pen gave up five walks in the eighth inning, while the White Sox scored eight runs in a 9-3 victory. That brought San Diego to 14-25, which situates them in last place in the NL West.

In the baseball betting odds that have been placed on this game, the Padres are favored:

San Diego Padres (Perdomo) -140
Milwaukee Brewers (Anderson) +120

Brewers +1.5 Runs -200
Padres -1.5 Runs +170

Under 7.5 Runs -125
Over 7.5 Runs +105

Luis Perdomo (0-0-, 4.13 ERA) takes the mound for the Padres, and he was an early casualty on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation. But in the four starts since he’s come off, he has been pretty solid, yielding less than a hit per inning. His bugaboo is that he has a hard time with left-handed hitters, who have batted over .400 against him, and although the Brewers are not loaded down with lefty bats, they do have Eric Thames, the slugging first baseman who made himself a legendary figure in South Korea before coming back to the States and signing a big contract with the Brewers. Thames got off to as huge start, and has 13 homers, but hasn’t hit a homer or driven in a run in any of his last four games, even as his teammates have hit the ball pretty hard. It should be noted that Perdomo has allowed just one homer in 28-1/3 innings of work.

Chase Anderson (2-0, 2.97 ERA) is Milwaukee’s starter, and he was a hot pitcher at the outset of the season, allowing just one run in 24 innings in his first four appearances. He’s been a lot less effective since then, lasting only 4-2/3 innings, in fact, in his last two starts, as he reached the limit on his pitch count. He has surrendered 16 base hits and four walks in 9-1/3 innings in his last two assignments, although he, like Perdomo, also keeps the ball in the park, allowing two homers in 39-1/3 innings.

No, Anderson does not bring a lot of momentum into this one. But there are a few factors that have to point us toward the Brewers. First of all, they are an underdog, which is worth looking at if you have two teams going in different directions. Also, Perdomo has yet to gain a decision in five starts, so his fate has been left up to the bullpen. And as we’ve mentioned, that bullpen can not be counted on to get the job done. So we are moving with Milwaukee in this one, as the Charles Jay / America’s Bookie Challenge continues on Monday night.

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