After three hard-fought wins in Chicago, the Brewers will start a three-game series in Minneapolis. Tonight’s matchup features Corbin Burnes for the Brewers and Kenta Maeda for the Twins.
Kenta Maeda vs. Brewers
In his last start against the Brewers, Maeda pitched a quality game. He went 6 ⅔ innings and allowed two runs over five hits. The veteran right-hander carved the Brewers’ lineup, retiring the first 17 batters. But, this time could be different. The Brewers’ offense started to click in Chicago. Even though the Brewers didn’t figure out Maeda last time, the team is looking to build momentum from the 18 runs scored in Chicago. Achieving his 50th career win his last time out, Maeda is undefeated with a 2.66 ERA and a low WHIP of 0.72.
Corbin Burnes replaces Eric Lauer
Eric Lauer hasn’t made the best first impression on the Brewers. Well, his first impression as a reliever was great but not as a starter. In his first two starts as a Brewer, Lauer has allowed 13 runs in 6 ⅔ innings pitched. Something had to change. The change, for now, is Corbin Burnes.
Burnes made one start this season which was in place of the injured Brett Anderson. Since then, Burnes has piggybacked off of Anderson and has done well. Well enough to start in place of the struggling Lauer. Burnes throws a high-heat fastball and uses his slider most of the time. In 16 innings of work, Burnes has 24 strikeouts and a 1.19 WHIP.
Here’s how the Brewers will line up behind Corbin Burnes tonight as they begin a 3-game set against the Twins at Target Field.
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