Milwaukee Brewers (78-69; 63-77-7 O/U) vs. Miami Marlins (68-79; 74-62-11 O/U)
MLB: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2:10pm EST
Line: Milwaukee -138/Miami +128
The Miami Marlins will host the Milwaukee Brewers as the clubs conclude a three game series Sunday afternoon from Miller Park. The Brewers will give the starting nod to 24-year old right-hander Brandon Woodruff, and the Marlins will send 25-year old left-hander Dillon Peters to the hill. The Brewers lead the season series 3-1.
Woodruff Roughed Up by Pirates
Brandon Woodruff will make his sixth start of the year, looking to rebound from a poor outing. Woodruff conceded six runs including two home runs in five innings to the Pirates last time out, and was charged with the loss. The rookie right-hander pitched well in his first four starts, and features a 3.14 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP accompanied with a 1-2 record in 28.2 innings pitched on the season. Woodruff has only conceded three home runs on the season. Herman Perez is having a productive week, collecting six hits along with six RBI’s over his last six games. Overall, the 26-year old left fielder is having a weak second half and is currently hitting .266 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI’s. Perez is 2 for 9 against the Marlins this season. Milwaukee remains three games back of the Cubs for first place in the NL Central heading into Saturday’s action.
The Brewers are currently averaging 4.56 runs per game, ranking them 20th in the Majors, and are hitting .248 as a team. The Milwaukee pitching owns a solid 4.01 team ERA, placing them eighth in the Major Leagues.
Peters Off to Great Start to Career
Dillon Peters will get the call for the fourth time of the season, aiming for his first career Major League victory. Peters was solid in his previous start, holding the Phillies to only two runs over six innings and finished with the no decision in a game the Marlins last 9-8. The rookie right-hander is off to a great start to his career, allowing only five runs in 18 innings. Peters has tallied 18 strikeouts across his three starts. He posted a stifling 1.59 ERA in the Minors this season. J.T. Realmuto is having a productive stretch at the dish, driving in six runs over his last five games. The 26-year old catcher is having a solid season, currently hitting .276 with 16 homers and 62 RBI’s. Realmuto is 5 for 17 with two RBI’s against the Brewers this season.
The Marlins are now scoring an average of 4.59 runs per game, ranking them 19th overall, and are hitting .262 as a team. The Miami pitching has been below average, posting a 4.75 team ERA, placing them 23rd in the Major Leagues.
The Milwaukee Brewers are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
- 6-1 in their last 7 games overall.
- 5-0 in their last 5 Sunday games.
The Miami Marlins are:
- 0-5 in their last 5 home games.
- 0-7 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record.
- 3-13 in their last 16 games against a right-handed starter.
I have to go with the Brewers in this one. The Marlins are not playing good baseball and keep finding ways to lose. They are only averaging 3.8 runs over their last ten games, and their pitching is struggling, allowing at least six runs in eight out of their last nine games. Also, Woodruff has pitched well for the Brewers with the exception of his previous start, allowing only a combined four runs over his first four starts.