The Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies will conclude a four-game series Thursday afternoon from Citizens Bank Park. The Brewers will hand the ball to 26-year old right-hander Zach Davies, and the Phillies will counter with 25-year old right-hander Zach Eflin. The season series is tied one game apiece.
Davies Silences Cubs, Remains Undefeated
The Brewers will have Zach Davies on the mound for the eighth time of the season in this one. Davies resumed his stellar pitching last time out, firing 6.1 innings of one-run ball at Wrigley Field in a game the Brewers lost in extra innings. The four-year veteran right-hander has evolved into the ace of the Brewers rotation, recording a spectacular 1.54 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP accompanied with a 4-0 record in 46.2 innings of work. Davies has squandered 10 runs (nine earned) to go with a 1-1 record in his 11.1 career inning pitched against the Phillies.
Jesus Aguilar is finally heating up at the plate after a very slow opening month. The 28-year-old slugger has driven in five runs in his last seven games, and he is hitting a stellar .323 on the month. Aguilar did big damage against the Phillies last year, filing a .310 average with three homers and 10 RBI’s in 22 at bats.
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The Brewers are scoring an average of 4.75 runs per game, ranking them 14th in the Major Leagues. The Milwaukee pitching staff holds a 4.27 team ERA, positioning them in the middle at 14th overall. The Brewers stand at 9-11 on the road entering Wednesday’s play.
Eflin Notches Second Complete Game of Season
Zach Eflin will get the nod for the ninth time of the season, aiming for his third consecutive victory. Eflin came through with a masterpiece in his previous performance, recording the complete game shutout against the Royals, leading to a win to lift his record to 5-3. The fourth-year right-hander leads the Phillies rotation in most major categories, logging a stifling 2.47 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP paired with a 5-3 record in 51 innings of work. Eflin has fared well against the Brewers in two two career meetings, holding them to only three runs and he came away with the victory in both starts. Travis Shaw is 1 for 5 against Eflin, while Christian Yelich is 0 for 5, and Jesus Aguilar is 0 for 3.
Maikel Franco is one of the few Phillies’ to have any success against Brewers’ starter Zach Davies, going 4 for 6 with one homer and four RBI’s. The 26-year old third baseman is only hitting .222 on the month, although he has driven in six runs. Franco is currently hitting .243 with seven home runs and 28 RBI’s on the season.
The Phillies currently rank 10th in the Major Leagues with an average of 5.12 runs per game. The Philadelphia pitching staff is looking good, carrying a 3.84 team ERA, placing them ninth in the Majors. The Phillies feature a 15-8 home record on the season entering Wednesday’s action.
The Milwaukee Brewers are:
- 7-1 in their last 8 games against the NL East.
- 5-1 in their last 6 games against a right-handed starter.
- 13-6 in their last 19 games in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Phillies are:
- 1-4 in Eflin’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games in the fourth game of a series.
- 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games.