The Milwaukee Brewers will host the Minnesota Twins as the clubs conclude a mini two-game interleague series Wednesday afternoon from Miller Park. The Twins will give the starting nod to 31-year old right-hander Kyle Gibson, and the Brewers are expected to send 33-year old left-hander Gio Gonzalez to the hill. The Twins lead the season series 2-1.
Gibson Issues Six Walks in Loss to Indians
Kyle Gibson will take the mound for the 25th time of the year, hunting for his first win of the month. Gibson was hit hard in his latest effort, serving up six runs (five earned) in 4.1 innings against the Indians, leading to the loss to bring his record to 11-5. The veteran right-hander has recorded a Quality Start in two out of his last three outings, and he enters this one with a mediocre 4.24 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 127.1. innings logged on the season. Gibson has had trouble in his career against Milwaukee, posting a 1-2 record and a 5.70 ERA in five starts. Mike Moustakas is 11 for 35 against Gibson, while Ben Gamel is 2 for 6, and Ryan Braun is 2 for 7.
Twins’ slugger Eddie Rosario will be an important piece to the Twins late-season push for the AL Central title. The 27-year old left fielder has driven in eight runs this month, and he owns a .284 average with 25 home runs and 78 RBI’s on the season. Rosario is 2 for 9 with two RBI’s against the Brewers this season.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 11, 2019
The Twins once held a comfortable lead ahead of the Indians for first place in the AL Central. They just lost three of four at home to Cleveland before this series and they are currently half a game back Tuesday’s action. Minnesota’s biggest weapon has been their multiple home run threats as they lead the Majors in big flys.
The Twins have cooled off offensively, although they still rank second in the big leagues with an average of 5.72 runs on the season. The Minnesota pitching staff features a 4.15 team ERA, pegging them ninth Majors. The Twins are 35-21 on the road entering Tuesday.
Gonzalez Eyes First Win Since May
Gio Gonzalez will make his 11th start of the season in this clash. Gonzalez was stellar in his previous start, limiting the Rangers to only one run in five innings, leading to a no-decision in a game Milwaukee won. The veteran left-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in three straight starts, and he holds a solid 3.20 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP paired with a 2-1 record in 50.2 innings pitched. Gonzalez allowed four runs in 4.2 innings against the Twins earlier this season, and he is 3-3 with a poor 6.56 ERA in nine career meetings against Minnesota. Nelson Cruz is 1 for 15 against Gonzalez while Eddie Rosario is 2 for 6, and Marwin Gonzalez is 0 for 4.
Keston Hiura continues to come up big at the plate, bashing three homers with five RBI’s in his last four games. The 23-year old rookie second baseman has made the seamless transition to the bigs, and he is currently hitting .299 with 14 round-trippers and 32 RBI’s on the season. Hiura is 2 for 7 with two RBI’s against the Twins this season. Christian Yelich recently missed four games due to a sore back, although he is back in action.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 11, 2019
The Brewers are about to embark on a big road trip that could have huge playoff hunt implications. They head out to Washington and St. Louis who are team teams they are trying to catch in the Wildcard, and they stand 2.5 games back of the Cubs for first place in the NL Central. Milwaukee owns a 2-1 record on their current homestand which ends in this game.
The Brewers are scoring an average of 4.76 runs on the season, placing them 16th in the Majors. The Milwaukee pitching staff owns a 4.59 team ERA, positioning them 17th overall. The Brewers stand at 35-25 at Miller Park.
The Minnesota Twins are:
- 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games against the Brewers.
- 9-3 in their last 12 interleague home games.
The Milwaukee Brewers are:
- 1-4 in Gibson’s last 5 starts against the Brewers.
- 1-5 in their last 6 games overall.
- 4-10 in their last 14 interleague road games.