The Brewers have been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season so far. Not many who follow baseball expected Milwaukee to sit at eight games over .500 on May 18. They will try to keep it going in Minneapolis against a Twins team that has had a very inconsistent start to its season. Let’s take a closer look at this Friday night Interleague matchup of Midwest clubs from both a betting and fantasy perspective.

Milwaukee Brewers at Minnesota Twins (-138) | O/U: 9

Brent Suter (2-3, 5.14 ERA) vs. Kyle Gibson (1-1, 3.43 ERA)
8:10 p.m. ET

Pen Prowess: Frankly, Milwaukee’s offense hasn’t been great to start the year. The Brew Crew surprisingly haven’t hit lefties at all (29th in average, on-base percentage and slugging) and have been just mediocre against right-handed pitching. Also, their starting rotation has pitched at a pretty average level, as their 4.10 aggregate ERA ranks 13th in MLB.

So how has a team with an average rotation and an offense that ranks in the bottom third in overall average, OBP and slugging against southpaws had so much success? Their bullpen has dominated from top to bottom. The Brewers’ relief corps owns MLB’s second-lowest ERA at 2.60 — trailing only the Diamondbacks.

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Teammates throw confetti on Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (22) in the dugout. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports