The Milwaukee Brewers will take on the Miami Marlins as the NL foes resume a four-game series Wednesday night from Marlins Park. The Brewers will give the nod to 26-year old right-hander Zach Davies, and the Marlins will counter with 23-year old right-hander Pablo Lopez. The Brewers lead the season series 3-2.
Zach Davies Returns to Win Column, Targets 4th Career Win vs. Marlins
The Brewers will have Zach Davies on the mound in this one. Davies was solid in his previous start, limiting the Cubs to just one run in five innings, fuelling a win to lift his record to 9-7. The talented right-hander is pitching well right now, although he is not pitching deep into games, and he enters this one with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP in 141.1 innings of action. Davies has yet to face the Marlins this season, and he is 3-2 with a poor 5.67 ERA in five career meetings. Curtis Granderson is 4 for 14 against Davies, while Miguel Rojas is 2 for 4, and Martin Prado is 4 for 12.
The Brewers are going to have to reach the playoffs without star Christian Yelich. The reigning MVP sustained a broken knee cap and he is out for the remainder of the year. Yelich leads the Brewers in all offensive categories, and they will need their veterans to step up in his absence.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 10, 2019
The Brewers are out of contention for the NL Central division title, however, they are alive and well in the Wildcard picture. They trail the Cubs by only two games for the 2nd position, and they do have a reasonably easy schedule the rest of the way.
The Brewers have heated up at the plate, and they are currently averaging 4.72 runs on the season, ranking them 19th in the Majors. The Milwaukee pitching staff is carrying a 4.59 team ERA, positioning them 17th overall. The Brew Crew stand at 32-37 on the road.
Lopez Charged with Third Straight Defeat
Pablo Lopez will get the nod for the 18th time of the year, looking to avoid his fourth straight defeat. Lopez evaded danger last time out, scattering two runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings against the Royals, resulting in another defeat to dip his record to 5-8. The young right-hander can be effective as seen in his outstanding 1.16 WHIP, although he does hold a poor 4.75 ERA in 91 innings logged. Lopez tallied six scoreless innings in a 16-0 win in his only meeting against Milwaukee this season, and he surrendered five runs to the Brewers in his only other career meeting in his 2018 rookie season. Yasmani Grandal is 0 for 2 against Lopez, while Mike Moustakas is 0f or 3, and Travis Shaw is 1 for 4.
Garret Cooper has been a tough out against the Brewers this season, going 7 for 17 with three RBI’s. The 28-year old right fielder is having a solid rookie year, filing a .282 average with 14 homers and 49 RBI’s. Cooper has registered six RBI’s on the month.
the marlins who?
THE MIAMI MARLINS.
ok, cool. come in.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 10, 2019
The Marlins haven’t displayed any significant improvement at the plate as they continue to rank near the bottom in most categories, although their young hitters are gaining valuable experience that will come in handy next year. The Marlins pitching is on the rise, and they rank 16th in the big leagues with a 1.35 team WHIP.
The Marlins stand 29th in the big leagues with an average of 3.75 runs on the season. The Miami pitching staff owns a 4.76 team ERA, placing them 21st in the Majors. The Marlins are 29-46 at home.
The Milwaukee Brewers are:
- 5-1 in their last 6 games against a right-handed starter.
- 7-3 in Davies’ last 10 starts against the NL East.
- 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.
The Miami Marlins are:
- 1-9 in Lopez’ last 10 starts on 4 days of rest.
- 4-10 in Lopez’ last 14 home starts.
- 0-5 in their last 5 home games against a right-handed starter.