Milwaukee Brewers vs. Houston Astros: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 17, 2024

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May 17, 2024 6:23 AM
On Friday, May 17, the Milwaukee Brewers, who have impressed on the road with a 14-8 record, head to Minute Maid Park to take on the Houston Astros, who are struggling with a 19-25 overall record and an 11-12 mark at home. The Brewers' strong road performance will be put to the test against the Astros, who will be looking to capitalize on their home-field advantage. The game is set to start at 8:10 PM.
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Brewers vs Astros starting pitchers

  • Hunter Brown for Houston Astros
  • Freddy Peralta for Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers vs Astros game preview

In the upcoming MLB showdown, the Milwaukee Brewers are set to face off against the Houston Astros, with a focus on the mound as both teams roll out their probable starting pitchers. The Brewers will lean on Freddy Peralta, who has demonstrated a solid season with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP across 44 and 2/3 innings, showcasing his strikeout ability with 58 Ks. On the other side, the Astros will hand the ball to Hunter Brown, whose season has been challenging, reflected in his 7.79 ERA and 2.01 WHIP over 32 and 1/3 innings. This pitching matchup presents a stark contrast in current form and effectiveness, potentially tilting the scales in favor of Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Brewers arrive at this game with an impressive batting lineup that has consistently put runs on the board, ranked 3rd in runs scored with 223. The presence of William Contreras, leading the team with a .359 batting average and 34 RBIs, has significantly bolstered their offense. However, the Brewers will feel the absence of Rhys Hoskins, a key power hitter now on the 10-day IL. Despite this setback, Milwaukee has maintained a strong performance at the plate, supported by their ranking in stolen bases and hits, which could play a critical role in exploiting any lapses by Astros’ pitchers, particularly given Brown’s struggles on the mound this season.

Conversely, the Houston Astros have their own strengths, chiefly their league-leading batting average of .261, indicating a lineup that frequently puts the ball in play effectively. Kyle Tucker has been a standout with 13 home runs and 29 RBIs, alongside Jeremy Pena, who boasts a .327 average, setting the pace at the plate. Despite some inconsistency in scoring and baserunning, the Astros have compiled a solid hit total, ranking 2nd overall. This suggests that if Brown can manage to keep the game under control early, Houston's hitters have the capacity to challenge Peralta and perhaps shift the momentum in their favor during the later innings.

Houston Astros injuries

  • Jayden Murray (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Chas McCormick (LF): 10-Day-IL
  • Brice Matthews (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Miguel Palma (C): Day-To-Day
  • Zach Dezenzo (3B): Day-To-Day

Milwaukee Brewers injuries

  • Christian Arroyo (2B): Day-To-Day
  • Logan Blake Henderson (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Brian Navarreto (C): Day-To-Day
  • Rhys Hoskins (1B): 10-Day-IL
  • Joey Wiemer (LF): 10-Day-IL

Brewers vs Astros predictions

The Brew Crew is looking to take down the Astros at Minute Maid Park, and I'm feeling good about Willy Adames. I think he's gonna have a big game, maybe 2-3 hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Jackson Chourio is another guy who's been quietly producing, and I'm projecting him to go yard tonight. Jake Bauers should also chip in with a couple of hits and a run scored. With Freddy Peralta on the mound, the Brewers have a great chance to get ahead early and never look back.

On the other side, the Astros are gonna need some big performances from their stars if they wanna take this one. Jose Altuve is always a threat, and I think he'll get on base a couple of times tonight. Yordan Alvarez is another guy who's due for a breakout game, and I'm thinking he might go deep tonight. Jeremy Pena's been on a tear lately, and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a couple of hits and scores a run. But Hunter Brown's gotta step up his game if the Astros wanna have a shot.

After taking a closer look at both teams, I'm gonna take the Brewers to win this one. Peralta's been dealing lately, and I trust him to keep the Astros' bats in check. If the Brewers can get ahead early, I think they've got the pitching to hold on and take this game. Astros fans might be thinking they've got this one in the bag, but I'm calling it: Brewers take it 5-3.

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