Toronto Blue Jays at Milwaukee Brewers 8/20/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/19/2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Miller Park in Milwaukee
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Wednesday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays will send R.A. Dickey (9 - 12, 3.95 ERA) to the hill to take on the Milwaukee Brewers and Jimmy Nelson (2 - 3, 3.86 ERA). Dickey makes his 27th start as Nelson makes his 8th.
R.A. Dickey took the hard luck loss in his last start. In 6 innings of work, Dickey allowed 2 runs and 7 hits (including a homer) as he walked 4 and struck out 2. He wasn’t his best but 2 runs wouldn’t have been that bad if his offense hadn’t failed to score. Dickey is just 3 - 6 in his last 10 trips to the mound. Last season, Dickey posted a 14 -13 record with a 4.21 ERA in 34 starts.
In 2013, Dickey didn’t face the Brewers but he has experience against the lineup. Milwaukee is batting .250 against the knuckleballer with 21 hits, 3 home runs and 7 RBI in 84 at-bats.
Jimmy Nelson didn’t get the decision in his last start despite a fine outing from the young righty. Nelson pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs and 6 hits. He struck out 4 while walking 1. Although he has 2 losses, only one of them was really his fault as he got lit up for 8 runs in 4.1 innings. Before getting the call, he was 5 – 1 with a 1.71 ERA in 9 starts at Triple-A.
Nelson pitched in 4 games last season for the Brewers but none of those appearances was against the Blue Jays. But he has seen one of the Blue Jays before. Dioner Navarro is 0 for 1 against Nelson with a strikeout.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 61-60-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0.1
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
Milwaukee Brewers are 61-61-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Milwaukee Brewers is 0.4
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
08/07/14 3B Brett Lawrie Back 15-day DL (8/6)
07/31/14 1B Dan Johnson Hamstring 15-day DL (7/31)
07/09/14 RF Cole Gillespie Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
05/04/14 P Brandon Morrow Hand 60-day DL (5/3)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
08/16/14 P Kyle Lohse Ankle questionable
08/05/14 P Matt Garza Oblique 15-day DL (8/4)
07/18/14 3B Jeff Bianchi Elbow 15-day DL (7/13)
07/10/14 P Wei-Chung Wang Shoulder 15-day DL (7/9)
06/09/14 P Tyler Thornburg Elbow 60-day DL (6/7)
05/02/14 P Jim Henderson Shoulder 60-day DL (5/2) out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Milwaukee
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