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MLB Mets at Brewers

July 31, 2007

MLB Baseball - New York Mets (-110, 9) at Milwaukee Brewers 8:00 PM EST

Jeff Suppan of the BrewersMilwaukee just completed another disastrous road trip with a 2-6 record, blowing more games in the late innings than Tommie Lee has tattoos.

The Brewers are now a full-11 games below .500 on the road and are genuinely thankful to be back in Milwaukee where success has been much easier to accomplish.

Manager Ned Yost is receiving a great deal of negative attention in the greater Milwaukee metro area, as the Brewers lead in the NL Central stands at one game.

Brew Town fans have had so little success over the last two decades evidently they have forgotten that young teams slump over the course of 162-game season. They are more used to slow starts and things snow balling from there.

If home is where the heart is, then Milwaukee has one bigger than Secretariat, with 36-17 (+13.5 units) mark.

All season long the parking lots at Miller Park have been filled with a smoky appeal that blends every known kind of meat known to man that can be grilled.

With full or near full houses nightly, the young Brewers squad has responded. The task this week starts with the team owning the best record in the National League, the New York Mets.

Tonight will have a special feel with Tom Glavine seeking career win number 300 against the Brewers. The 41-year-old Glavine (9-6, 4.51 ERA) is poised to become baseball's 23rd 300-game winner and will have to do it against a team who is 21-16, scoring 5.4 runs a game facing LH pitchers.

Glavine has not often faced Milwaukee over the last ten seasons and is 6-3 against the Brew Crew. The Brewers have punished starting pitchers who strike out three or less batters per start over the last two seasons with 19-4 record.

In contrast to Milwaukee, the Mets have the best road record in the senior circuit at 29-23. As have been mentioned in this space, New York has been playing like on cruise control.

Many players are playing far below abilities and Carlos Beltran is now on the DL with a strained left oblique. Catcher Paul LaDuca is expected to be back in the lineup to catch Glavine after missing Sunday with a strained hamstring.

Willie Randolph will have two things in his favor starting tonight. One his club is 16-4 against the money line with a rested bullpen that pitched one inning or less in last game.

The other is Milwaukee is 14-26 (-16.1 Units) against the ML after six or more consecutive road games over the last two seasons.

New York opened as slight underdog and has now been bet up to favorite'srole at -110 at sportsbook.com with the total of 9.

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