Series Preview: Brewers & Indians

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The Milwaukee Brewers are headed to Cleveland to play the American League’s top team, the Cleveland Indians. The Indians currently sit with a 0.5 game lead over the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central. This three game series will be part of a six-game home stand for the Indians before they face the Royals next week.

A lot of credit for the Indians’ first place title can be given to their pitching; they’re hitting .229 as a team and their team OPS is .697, not far from the Brewers’ .683. Their offense isn’t as inconsistent as the Brewers, but the Tribe is able to make good contact with the ball when they need to.

Brewers Starting Pitching

Corbin Burnes is set to take the mound on Friday for the Crew. Since the 18th of August, he’s pitched 16.1 innings and struck out 22. Burnes has only allowed four earned runs off of seven hits. This will be Burnes’ fifth start overall in the 2020 season and he currently holds a 2.78 ERA with a 1-0 record. Friday’s start will be Burnes’ first time facing the Tribe in his major league career. 

After welcoming baby girl Kyler Alise, Brandon Woodruff will be back on the mound for Saturday evening’s game. He’s got eight starts under his belt already, and he’s only allowed 17 runs and has struck out 48 batters. He’s 2-3, receiving the third loss in his last start where he gave up four runs in five innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. But, with his 3.67 ERA, he has proven to be an ace in the Brewers organization. 

Brett Anderson gets his seventh start on the mound during Sunday’s matinee game. He enters this series with a 2-2 record and 4.18 ERA. The last time Anderson faced the Tribe in May of 2019, he gave up one run on five hits and only recorded one strike out. 

Indians Starting Pitching

Carlos Carrasco will be starting on Friday for the Indians. Carrasco has a 2-3 record with a 3.75 ERA in 7 games. Overall, he’s allowed 30 hits, 15 runs, 6 home runs and has struck out 45. It’ll be his eighth appearance on the mound and he last faced Milwaukee in June of 2018. His season has been very up and down; two of his starts have been scoreless, including his most recent, but he’s also had some four-run games and two-three run outings.

Aaron Civale will have the call for the Indians on Saturday. Entering the season with a 3-4 record, this will be his seventh starting appearance. He’s allowed eight runs over his last three starts and has a recorded 3.72 ERA.

The Indians will put their potential Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber on the mound Sunday. He is 6-0 in eight starts this season and has the lowest ERA at 1.20 among starters. He’s only allowed a run in three of his starts and has struck out a record 84. It’ll be an impressive match-up to watch on Sunday for sure. 

First pitch is Friday at 7:10 CDT on Fox Sports Wisconsin, and you can listen on 620 WTMJ Radio or ESPN Milwaukee.

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