Milwaukee will host Toronto for just two games beginning on Tuesday night as they look to extend their small lead in the NL Central. Toronto, on the other hand, is still fighting to regain its footing in the AL East. They led for most of the first-half, but have fallen to eight games out of first in the standings. Their season hinges on the Wild Card right now. They are 3.5 games out of the second spot in that race. We like Milwaukee at home in the opener tonight.

Brewers poised for late-season excellence

Milwaukee has put itself in an excellent spot for the stretch run with September right around the corner. The Brewers are still atop the NL Central, where they have been for almost the entire season, and will look to finish August strong as the season’s final month looms large. Mike Fiers will take the mound with a 2-1 record and an ERA of 1.29. He struck out 14 against the Cubs in six innings his last time on the mound.

Blue Jays hope return of Encarnacion helps win games

Edwin Encarnacion was on a torrid pace in the home run category prior to hitting the disabled list. He had 26 before going on the shelf and has hit one since his return to the lineup. He was so far out in front of his teammates that he still leads the club in homers despite missing so much time. Toronto is hoping that his return will help them win some games and pull closer to the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

When the Blue Jays visit the Brewers for the first of two games on Tuesday night we will place our bets over at Here, the host Brewers are favored to win, which is why we will bet 15 percent of our bankroll on Milwaukee and the -153 money line. 

Blue Jays vs Brewers 8-19-14