For those of you who don’t know much about baseball, it can be difficult to make a Twins vs. Brewers prediction. While Josh Winder is back in the rotation, Joe Ryan will make his first start for the Brewers. Both of these pitchers have a tough road ahead of them. The Twins will also be without Byron Buxton, who played in 39 of 60 games last season.
The Minnesota Twins will be in Milwaukee Tuesday for a two-game series against the Brewers. After sweeping the Colorado Rockies last Sunday, the Brewers will be looking to improve their record this week. Despite a rough patch against the Giants prior to the all-star break, the Brewers responded well to their series against the Rockies and are currently 5-5 in their last 10 games.
Josh Winder returns to rotation
With Chris Archer ruled out with a hip strain, the Twins will turn to Impact Winder to start Tuesday’s game against the White Sox. The Twins are hoping to get Chris Archer back before the All-Star break, and Winder will likely be their first choice. Since making his big-league debut last fall, Winder has pitched to a 2.88 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP in five starts.
Joe Ryan makes his first start for Milwaukee
On Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins will host the Milwaukee Brewers for the final game of their two-game series. The Twins open as -150 moneyline favorites, while the Brewers are a -110 underdog on the moneyline. Milwaukee is led by right-hander Aaron Ashby, who is a good bet for this matchup, while the Brewers will counter with left-hander Joe Ryan. Both pitchers are dependable and have a combined ERA of 3.09 and are good bets for a game with two hitters.
Byron Buxton plays in 39 of 60 games for Twins last season
Byron Buxton has been a hot commodity in baseball for the past few years. While his injury history has been concerning, his ability to change games on both sides of the plate is undeniable. Although he only played in 39 of 60 games for the Twins last season, he has shown flashes of greatness. In addition to being fast on the bases, he hustles out ground balls, dives for balls and steals bases. Byron Buxton’s ability to do anything on the field is impressive, especially considering his physical gifts and his great character.
Corey Ashby has five starts of five or more innings this season
Corey Ashby has thrown five starts of at least five innings this season. The former Brewer has bounced around from the bullpen to the rotation, but has made a significant impact this year. His 2.81 ERA is the lowest among qualified pitchers. Before Sunday, he had struck out 33 batters in 27.1 innings and walked only 17 while walking five. Ashby has not walked a batter in a 29-inning stretch last month.
Corey Ashby has never faced the Brewers
In his brief MLB career, Ashby has garnered the most attention. He went 1-0 with a 4.55 ERA in 31.2 innings over 13 appearances. His only rough outings came in his MLB debut, where he gave up four earned runs. He did, however, strike out 29% of hitters and use his slider to keep the ball in the park. While Ashby hasn’t faced the Brewers before, he did throw a few strikes and was a complete pitcher, allowing just two runs in seven innings.