Brewers Look to Lauer for Game Two

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When the Brewers called up Eric Lauer last week to face the Dodgers, few could have imagined how well it would go.  Lauer, who struggled all season last year and in Spring Training, pitched five scoreless innings.  Manager Craig Counsell said that he “definitely” earned another start.  That start comes in Game Two of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, who defeated the Brewers 4-3 last night.  Despite the loss, Brewers fans were ecstatic to see Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain back in the lineup.

Brewers’ Starting Pitcher: Eric Lauer

Eric Lauer's late arrival to summer camp a result of his close contact with someone COVID-19 positive

As mentioned previously, Eric Lauer was not very good in 2020.  Neither was he very good in Spring Training.  After being acquired from the San Diego Padres for fan favorites Zach Davies and Trent Grisham, there were very high expectations for him.  So far, he has not lived up to them entirely, but pitched well against the Dodgers, as he always does.  Currently, Lauer is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

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Several Phillies hitters have had success against Lauer in the past.  Andrew McCutchen, especially, has dominated Lauer’s pitches in the past.  He has a .625 batting average in eight at bats against the Brewers’ lefty.  Bryce Harper has two hits, including a home run, in six at bats against Lauer.

Phillies’ Starting Pitcher: Aaron Nola

Philadelphia Phillies 2021 Season Player Preview: Aaron Nola

Aaron Nola will take the bump in the second game of the series, a game in which the Phillies will try to get back to a .500 record.  Nola is 2-1 with a 3.11 ERA so far this season.  He has been very effective against the Brewers in the past, owning a 3-0 record with a 2.97 ERA against them in six starts.

That being said, there are several Brewers’ players who have hit Nola well in the past.  Christian Yelich, especially, has had a long history of success against him.  In 20 at bats, Yeli owns a .400 average with a home run.  Jackie Bradley Jr. has a .286 average in seven at bats with a home run as well.  Lorenzo Cain has faced Nola three times and has gotten a hit each time.

Brewers’ Starting Lineup

Phillies’ Starting Lineup

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