Milwaukee Brewers vs. Miami Marlins Preview and Predictions 09-12-2019
The Milwaukee Brewers kept their fallen leader close to their hearts as they continued their series against the Miami Marlins, with Ryan Braun going a step further. Braun wore Christian Yelich's jersey under his own in Milwaukee's 7-5 victory on Wednesday, and he plans to do again on Thursday afternoon as the Brewers vie for a four-game sweep in Miami.
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"Just for good luck. They're about the same size. It felt a little different, but I was just trying to bring the good vibes," Braun said of the Brewers playing their first game since Yelich -- the reigning National League MVP -- sustained a broken right kneecap. While the former University of Miami star struggled (0-for-4, three strikeouts), Mike Moustakas capped a two-homer performance with a go-ahead, two-run shot in the eighth inning to send the surging Brewers to their sixth straight victory. Miami's Garrett Cooper enters the finale on a hot streak, as his solo shot on Thursday marked the third time that he has gone deep in his last eight contests. The 28-year-old is 14-for-35 with six extra-base hits, seven RBIs and four runs scored that stretch, but the reeling Marlins have dropped 12 of their last 16 overall.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FS Florida (Miami)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers LH Gio Gonzalez (2-2, 3.98 ERA) vs. Marlins LH Caleb Smith (8-9, 4.11)
Gonzalez aims to continue his good fortune against his hometown team, as the 33-year-old Miami-area native sports a 10-4 record with a 2.42 ERA in 19 career starts versus the Marlins. Starlin Castro (10-for-25) and Miguel Rojas (6-for-19) have fared well against Gonzalez, who hasn't tasted victory since winning back-to-back contests in May. Gonzalez, who owns an 0-2 mark in his last 11 starts, settled for a no-decision on Saturday despite allowing one run on two hits in five innings versus the Chicago Cubs.
Smith saw his winless stretch extend to four starts on Saturday despite scattering four hits and striking out eight in six innings against Kansas City. The 28-year-old hopes the comforts of home will continue to serve him well, as he sports a 6-3 record with a 3.46 ERA at Marlins Park as opposed to a 2-6 mark away from it. Smith was taken to task in one such outing away from home on June 6, surrendering three homers and four runs total in five innings of a 5-1 setback in Milwaukee.
1. Milwaukee C Yasmani Grandal, who also played collegiately at Miami, has reached base nine times (four hits, five walks) in the series.
2. Marlins 1B Martin Prado is hitting .241 this season, although he has done significantly better in a pinch-hitting role (.277).
3. Brewers 3B Hernan Perez has hit safely in six of his last seven games.
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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 0.333 Tyrone Taylor #12 | CF
- HOMERUNS 44 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- RUNS BATTED IN 97 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- STOLEN BASES 30 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 54 Deolis Guerra #64 | RP
- WINS 11 Brandon Woodruff # | RP
- STRIKEOUTS 126 Eric Thames #7 | 1B
- SAVES 31 Josh Hader #71 | RP
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- ForearmLate Sept | 60-day IL
Riddle has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a right forearm strain. He is likely to remain idle until at least the end of September.
- HipLate Sept | 10-day IL
Puello has been added to the 10-day injured list with a left hip flexor strain, and he will be sidelined until at least the latter part of September.
- ForearmQues Fri | 10-day IL
Yamamoto has been added to the 10-day injured list due to a right forearm strain. It is unclear if he will come off the IL in time for Friday's game against the Nationals.
- KneeOut Sun | out
Cooper missed the last game due to a knee injury and will not play against the Giants on Sunday.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Romo injured his left knee in the previous contest, leaving his status up in the air Sunday against the Indians.
- Handout for season | 60-day IL
Anderson has been moved to the 60-day injured list with a fractured finger in his left hand and is expected to miss six weeks, ending his season.
- HeadQues Sun | questionable
Pina has sat out the previous three games due to a mild concussion, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Cardinals.
- HamstringProb Mon | probable
Hiura has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing form a left hamstring strain, and he is likely return Monday against the Padres.
- PersonalProb Thurs | probable
Arcia is away from the team due to the birth of his child, but he is expected to be back in uniform for Thursday's game versus the Marlins.
- RestQues Wed | questionable
Cain is unlikely to play Thursday against the Marlins due to a day of rest.
- RestQues Mon | questionable
Braun is unlikely to participate in Monday's tilt with the Marlins as he is to be rested.
- BackProb Sun | probable
Braun sat out the previous game due to back tightness, but is expected to suit up Sunday versus the Cubs.
- KneeProb Thurs | probable
Cain sat out the last game with soreness in his left kneecap, but it is likely he will play Thursday against the Cubs.
- BackProb Mon | probable
Braun missed the last game due to an ailing back but is expected to be in the starting lineup for Monday's clash against the Astros.
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