Miami Marlins at Milwaukee Brewers
The Marlins are riding a 5-game winning streak against the Giants and Dodgers on the road, including their first ever sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles. They are looking to continue this road winning streak in Milwaukee. The Marlins are still under .500, but they are playing well.
The Marlins are pitching well, giving up 4 runs or less in their winning streak. Conley gave up 4 runs in 7 innings, but the Marlins were able to break a 4-4 tie late to win 5-4 in San Francisco. Chen and Koehler each only gave up 2 earned runs in their last start in Los Angeles.
The Marlins have been scoring just enough runs to win games this year. They have only scored more than 6 runs in a game twice, a 10-3 win at the Mets and an Opening Day loss to the Tigers, 8-7 in 11 innings. Martin Prado is getting on base with a .381 average, but he has only scored 6 runs. Giancarlo Stanton leads the Marlins with 7 home runs.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended for 80 games for PED use. Gordon led the National League in batting average last season and stolen bases the last two seasons. He has averaged 90 runs scored over that period.
Gordon is a key part of the Marlins offense. He was tied for the team lead with 13 runs scored. Gordon is currently second in the National League with 6 stolen bases.
The Marlins clubhouse is stunned. They do not have much time to figure things out, as they found out after their win in Los Angeles late last night and they have a game in Milwaukee less than 24 hours later.
The Brewers suffered their first sweep of the season, losing both games of a rain-shortened series at Wrigley Field. They will be happy to be back home in Miller Park this weekend, where the roof can close to keep the wind and rain out.
The Brewers have been having problems with starting pitching. The three that are going up against the Marlins this week are a combined 2-7 with a 7.69 ERA. The trio needs to step up their performance and give the Brewers a chance to stay in games early.
Ryan Braun has been the offensive leader of the club, hitting.352 with 5 home runs and 17 RBI. No other Brewer is hitting over .300, but Chris Carter is hitting .279 and he has 5 home runs and 15 RBI.
The Brewers need to get their hitting and their pitching going. They are going up against a hot team that is pitching well. If the Brewers hope to win in this series, they will need the bats to get going early and often.
The Brewers will win two of three against the Marlins.