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San Francisco Giants look to brew up a spoiler in Milwaukee

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 13: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

This last series in Colorado was a tough one for the San Francisco Giants, but they will attempt to turn it around against the Brewers.

Unapologetic puns aside, Milwaukee presents a familiar challenge to the San Francisco Giants, a tough NL Central team that plays very well at home.

The Brewers are 42-27 at home and have won seven of their last 10 games. The Giants road record took a huge hit against the Rockies, and they have lost six of their last 10 games.

The lack of energy has caught up with the Giants, as they seem all-around tired, even with the fresh blood.

When it seems like they can close a game out, their bullpen does the dirty deed and takes the Giants out of the game.

The conversation has shifted from “the Giants can make it if they get on a good run” to “what do the Giants need to address to get better next season?”

The last time these two teams faced off against each other was at AT&T Park in late July, where the Brewers took three out of four games. Some of the pitching matchups will be familiar for both teams, so let’s get right into it…

Game One: Holland (7-8, 3.56 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) vs. Anderson (9-7, 3.96 ERA, 1.16 WHIP)

Coming off another solid start, Derek Holland now has a four game streak of giving up no more than one earned run per start. The 31 year old lefty continues to prove useful for the Giants, and he should definitely be considered in the conversation of people to re-sign for next season. Jonathan Schoop has some of the better at-bats against Holland, going 3-for-8 lifetime, and Ryan Braun is the only person in that roster that has an extra base hit against him. Holland has not had some of his best starts on the road, but he has definitely filled in quite nicely when called upon.

Chase Anderson went six strong innings against the Giants in their last game at AT&T Park.  Since then, he has been pretty up and and down in his last few starts. In his three starts at home in August, he has given up at least three earned runs per game, although his WHIP currently ranks eighth among all NL West staters. Nick Hundley is 3-for-8 with a double and a RBI against Anderson, which will favor him well as Bruce Bochy loves playing the numbers and veterans, even this late in the season.

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