Brewers (13-18) at Marlins (16-14)
The Brewers lost the first two games of their last series against the Marlins, but have won 5 of their next 8 since then. They came from behind to beat the Reds in on Saturday and Sunday and are hoping to continue their winning ways in Miami.
The Brewer bats have been hot recently. They have hit 15 home runs in their last 6 games, including 11 in their 4-game series in Cincinnati. Ryan Braun (8 games) and Aaron Hill (9 games) come into Monday’s game looking to continue their hitting streaks. Hill hit 3 home runs on Saturday, including a 10th inning grand slam to lead a 7-run inning for the Crew.
The Brewers still have issues when it comes to pitching. Their staff is last in the Major Leagues in ERA and Quality Starts. The Brewers have been in big holes early in games, as evidenced by their starters’ ERA of 6.41. The entire staff has had a problem getting the first out of the inning. Their opponents have a .439 OBP when leading off an inning.
The Marlins are still hanging around in the NL East. They are in fourth place, but only 3 games out of first place. They won 2 out of 3 against the Brewers in Milwaukee, but the loss was a 14-5 loss with Peralta staring for the Brewers. The Marlins had a 4-game winning streak last week, but dropped the last two to the Phillies.
Derek Dietrich did a great job filling in for Dee Gordon, hitting .333 with a home run, triple, 4 RBI, and a run scored in Milwaukee right after Gordon was suspended. Justin Boer also had a good series in Milwaukee, including a 2 home run game in the opener. Giancarlo is among the league leaders with 10 home runs and Martin Prado has the best batting average (.396) in the Major Leagues.
The Brewers will get their first look at Fernandez, who leads the team with 47 strikeouts. Conley took a no-hitter into the 8th inning before being taken out with 2 outs after 116 pitches. Chen got the win in his start in Milwaukee by limiting the Brewers to 3 runs in 6.2 innings.
The Brewers have been hitting really well recently. If their starters can limit the runs early in the game, they have a good shot at dominating this series. Both teams are capable of putting up runs, so look for a lot of scoring throughout.
The Brewers will take 2 of 3 in Miami.