Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers & Miami Marlins

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With the Milwaukee Brewers still without key stars such as Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, it’s come as a surprise that they’re still ranked first in the NL Central. Going into the fourth week of the season, the Brewers have gotten quite lucky in where they’re placed thanks to the other teams in the division not performing their best.

Slowly Gaining Players Back

Kolten Wong won Gold Gloves the last two seasons before leaving the Cardinals for the Brewers. Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The crew got Kolten Wong back for the three-game series against the Chicago Cubs in which they took two out of the three games, respectively. The key to really thank is our starting pitching and bullpen crew; They’ve been the saving graces in terms of obtaining those wins.

While the Brewers lost embarrassingly to the Cubs in game one with a final score of 15-2, pitching after that seemed to come alive and really be a force to be reckoned with. 

Pitching Saves the Day

Freddy Peralta and Brandon Woodruff really showed their best in games two and three against the southside rivals. Peralta went four innings with seven strikeouts, but allowed two runs so his ERA currently stands at 2.45. Woodruff went six innings on Sunday only allowing two hits, struck out eight, dropping his ERA to an impressive 1.55. 

Bullpen Bouncing Back

The performance of the bullpen hasn’t been the greatest, but they’ve been pretty good to help out the struggling offense. Devin Williams, Josh Hader, and JP Feyereisen are really the ones that we can thank for their amazing performances on the mound. 

Heading Into Next Series..

As we look forward to this week, the Brewers are back at home for a three-game homestand against the Miami Marlins. Currently ranked third in the NL east, the Marlins has a 9-12 record. A little promising for the 13-8 Brewers as we head into this series. The Marlins are looking to hopefully bring back that fall success they had when they made it into the playoffs last season. They’re only two games behind first place and their offense against Brewers pitching will definitely be a show to watch.

Former Brewer Jesus Aguilar has been leading the Marlins with 17 RBI’s and hit another home-run in Sunday night’s game. This will be the first time since 2019 that Aguilar will be back at American Family Field, this time, in a different uniform. 

Game One: Trevor Rogers (2-1, 1.64 ERA) vs Corbin Burnes (2-1, 0.37 ERA)

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 13: Corbin Burnes #39 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Wrigley Field on August 13, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Trevor Rogers is projected to get the ball Monday for Miami. Going into his fifth start, he has a 1.64 ERA, with 31 K’s, and has only allowed five runs. His best outing yet was against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday where he went seven innings, only allowed four hits and struck out eight.

Corbin Burnes will have the ball for Milwaukee. Striking out 40, he’s only allowed one run, and has yet to walk a batter. Burnes is well on his way to have a Cy Young worthy season, which is promising after he had just missed it at the end of the 2020 season. He’s truly establishing himself to be an amazing pitcher for the crew.

Game Two: Adrian Houser (1-2, 3.32 ERA) vs Daniel Castano (0-1, 3.60 ERA)

While the Brewers pitching has been elite so far this season, it really comes as a surprise that Adrian Houser hasn’t been performing the best. Hoping for a bounceback from 2020, he currently stands at a 3.32 ERA. His last outing against the San Diego Padres, he allowed two runs. The first couple of innings were easy outs for the pitcher, but as he got more into the game, he just started falling off the path. Though he pitched fairly well, he allowed doubles, and groundouts that would allow runners to score for the Padres. Hoping this series will help Houser gain some redemption.

Daniel Castano had a tough start on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants, allowing three runs on just five hits and two walks across five innings. It really got off to a rough start when he allowed three runs in just the first inning. He went through five innings, but Marlins fans are hoping for a bounceback for Castano just as much as Brewers fans are hoping the same for Houser. 

Game Three: ??? v Sandy Alcantara (0-1, 3.28 ERA)

With Brett Anderson on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring problem, it is to be determined who will have the ball for Game Three. Chances are we might see a Brent Suter starting appearance.  Suter has made starting appearances before, but don’t expect him to go late in the game; Probably around four to five innings, depending on how he’s performing. He has been performing fairly well on the mound, with an ERA standing at 2.63. In his last outing against the Cubs on April 24, he pitched two innings and only allowed two hits. He’s struck out 11, but has allowed five runs to score.

Sandy Alcantara in his last outing allowed two runs on four hits. He only struck out four as he took the loss against the Giants on April 23. He’s really struggled with his command so far this season; Alcantara is looking for his first win of the season. 

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