Houston Astros vs Milwaukee Brewers Picks and Predictions May 19th 2024

Houston Astros vs Milwaukee Brewers MLB Sun, May 19, 14:10 pm.
Houston Astros
ML: -135
Milwaukee Brewers
ML: 115

In a crucial game against the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers catcher William Contreras stepped up in a big way, leading his team to a 4-2 victory. As the Brewers and Astros gear up for the series finale, everyone’s watching the players and strategies that will decide the outcome.

William Contreras’ Heroic At-Bat

With the game tied 1-1, two men on, and two outs, William Contreras faced off against Astros ace Justin Verlander. In an impressive display of skill and determination, Contreras fouled off seven straight pitches before launching a 95.4 mph fastball 428 feet for a three-run homer. This clutch performance was the game-changer.

Manager’s Perspective

“That’s one of the best at-bats I’ve seen in my career,” said Brewers manager Pat Murphy. “It made a statement about who he is and represents our team. That at-bat was all about mental toughness.”

Game Context and Series Status

The Brewers’ win on Saturday evened the interleague series against the Astros. The Astros, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped, will be looking to bounce back in the series finale on Sunday.

Pitching Matchups

Colin Rea’s Consistency

Right-hander Colin Rea (3-1, 3.45 ERA) is set to start for Milwaukee. Rea has been a steady presence on the mound, pitching at least six innings in several starts. In his last outing against the Astros, he gave up just four hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 6-0 victory.

Spencer Arrighetti’s Potential

Rookie right-hander Spencer Arrighetti (1-4, 7.52 ERA) will start for the Astros. Arrighetti earned his first career win against the Oakland Athletics, allowing two runs over five innings. His recent performances suggest he’s finding his groove as he prepares for his first career appearance against the Brewers.

Justin Verlander’s Performance and Reflections

Verlander had a solid start but stumbled in the fifth inning, giving up the crucial home run to Contreras. Reflecting on his outing, Verlander stressed the importance of maintaining consistency in his mechanics.

Verlander’s Insights

“That’s the best my stuff has been all year,” Verlander said. “I think the mechanics are trending in the right direction. I just need to keep it going and get more comfortable with it.”

Series Implications

The series finale is crucial for both teams. The Brewers are looking to ride their momentum and clinch the series win, while the Astros aim to bounce back and finish the series strong.


William Contreras’ clutch at-bat and the key pitching matchups set the stage for an exciting series finale between the Brewers and the Astros. With both teams hungry for victory, the focus will be on standout performances and seizing scoring opportunities.

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Houston Astros
O 8.5
Milwaukee Brewers
U 8.5
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