The City of Milwaukee is going bananas right now over the Milwaukee Bucks as they have a chance Tuesday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns to win their first championship in 50 years. The Brewers were supposed to host the Kansas City Royals at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday as well, but the team smartly shifted the game to a 4:10 ET first pitch to get out of the way for basketball. The Brewers are solid favorites on the William Hill Sportsbook MLB odds – just like the Bucks are.
It's possible that 2021 is the Year of Milwaukee/Green Bay sports as in addition the Bucks, the Brewers are legitimate World Series contenders with a 56-39 record and huge lead in the NL Central. At William Hill, the Brew Crew are -850 to win the division, +550 for the pennant and +1300 to win the franchise's first-ever World Series.
The Brewers only made the World Series in 1982 when they were still an American League team and lost in seven to the St. Louis Cardinals. This year's team has the pitching to win it all but probably needs to add at least one bat by the July 30 Trade Deadline? Kris Bryant from the rival Cubs, perhaps?
Of course, the Packers will be top Super Bowl contenders again assuming Aaron Rodgers does play this season in Green Bay. The team's veterans are due to training camp next Tuesday, so whether Rodgers shows obviously will be the biggest story in sports for at least 24 hours.
Left-hander Brett Anderson (2-5, 4.33) -- it was supposed to be Eric Lauer but he will now pitch Wednesday -- will start for the Brewers, who are on a three-game winning streak. Anderson hasn't been on the mound since July 7 when he pitched four shutout innings vs. the Mets. The veteran has been better at home (2.86 ERA) than on the road (5.40). It will be his first look at the Royals since 2019; they lose the designated hitter, usually either Ryan O'Hearn or Jorge Soler.
Kansas City, on a two-game skid, starts lefty Mike Minor (6-8, 5.67). He has been fairly awful of late, allowing 24 runs over 20 innings in his past four outings to see his ERA rise from 4.48. The veteran is 3-2 in six career starts vs. the Brewers with a 2.31 ERA. Milwaukee in its past 11 vs. southpaws.
While the Royals are last in the AL Central at 37-55 and just 15-31 on the road, they have won five straight following an off day. KC also swept a two-game home set vs. Milwaukee from May 18-19.
The Royals remain without shortstop Adalberto Mondesi on the injured list. Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain is on it, too, but could be activated for Tuesday's game. He hasn't played in the majors since the end of May and limited to just 31 games overall. Cain is a long-time former Royal.
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