Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers
When and Where: Saturday, May 25, Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisc., 4:10 p.m. EDT.
A pair of struggling veteran pitchers looking to find a groove square off at Miller Park on Saturday when Jake Arrieta leads the Philadelphia Phillies into the middle game of their series versus Jhoulys Chacin and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Arrieta moves on after reunion in Chicago
Arrieta (4-4, 3.77 ERA) is looking to avoid a fifth consecutive winless start but could be turning a corner after a solid start against his former team. On Tuesday, the right-hander made his first start in Chicago since his Game 4 victory for the Cubs in the 2017 NLCS and was treated to a standing ovation from the Wrigley Field faithful.
"I can't say thank you enough."
— Chicago Sports (@ChicagoSports) May 21, 2019
Arrieta then went about his business, limiting the Cubs on one run through six innings as he worked in and out of trouble. He was in line for a victory, but the Phillies bullpen blew a two-run lead in their eventual 5-4, 10-inning victory. Still, Arrieta’s effort earned praise from his manager, Gabe Kapler.
“I thought he handled the emotions really well. I thought he was in control of the game even when we were down,” the skipper told the Phils’ official website. “He maintained his poise and got stronger as the outing went on.”
His previous start came at home against Milwaukee on May 15 and did not go as well as he was reached for five runs and five hits with four walks in six innings of a 5-2 defeat. It was Arrieta’s third straight losing start to the Brewers and dropped him to 8-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 18 starts against them.
Aside from a loss last year in which he was tagged for eight runs in 3 1-3 innings, Arrieta has fared well at Miller Park and is 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in six starts there.
Lorenzo Cain has hit Arrieta well, going 6 for 12 with a double, and Ryan Braun has taken the righty deep three times while going 9 for 33. Hernan Perez is 7 for 19 with a homer, and reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich — who became the first in the majors to reach 20 homers in Friday night’s series opener — is 4 for 15 with a round-tripper.
Chacin tries again to shake out of funk for Brewers
Chacin’s spot in the rotation did not come up in the series in Philadelphia earlier this month, which may not have been a bad thing considering the right-hander is 1-5 with a 4.76 ERA in his last eight starts after winning the first two.
Chacin (3-5, 4.65) is not entirely at fault for his slump — the Brewers have failed to score more than two runs in any of those eight starts — and his overall run support average of 3.22 runs would rank ninth in the National League if he had enough innings to qualify.
Veteran right-hander Jhoulys Chacín has been battling to find the consistency he displayed last season for the Brewers. https://t.co/lnqpP6v8Wl
— JSOnline – NewsWatch (@js_newswatch) May 24, 2019
Chacin is trying to avoid a third straight losing start after being reached for three runs and eight hits in five innings of a 12-8 defeat at Atlanta on Monday night. He has not given up more than three runs in any of his last four outings but has not lasted beyond six innings in any of them.
If there is good news for the righty, it is pitching at home. Chacin is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in four starts at Miller Park while holding opposing hitters to a .181 batting average.
Chacin beat the Phillies in his lone matchup against them last year, allowing four runs in 6 1-3 innings as the Brewers cruised to a 12-4 victory. Chacin has won three of his last four starts versus Philadelphia and is 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA in seven career starts.
The Phillies are:
- 3-7 in Arrieta’s last 10 road starts.
- 1-4 in Arrieta’s last five road starts vs. above-.500 teams.
The Brewers are:
- 8-1 in Chacin’s last nine starts vs. NL East teams.
- 11-4 in Chacin’s last 15 starts during game 2 of a series.
- 6-2 in their last eight during game 2 of a series.