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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.

WALK-OFFS

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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Last Injuries

Miami Marlins

  • JT Riddle

    Forearm
    Late 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.

  • Cesar Puello

    Hip
    Late 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.

  • Jordan Yamamoto

    Forearm
    Ques 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.

  • Garrett Cooper

    Knee
    Out Sun | out

    Cooper missed the last game due to a knee injury and will not play against the Giants on Sunday.

  • Sergio Romo

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Romo injured his left knee in the previous contest, leaving his status up in the air Sunday against the Indians.

  • Brian Anderson

    Hand
    out 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.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Manny Pina

    Head
    Ques 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.

  • Keston Hiura

    Hamstring
    Prob 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.

  • Orlando Arcia

    Personal
    Prob 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.

  • Lorenzo Cain

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Cain is unlikely to play Thursday against the Marlins due to a day of rest.

  • Ryan Braun

    Rest
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Braun is unlikely to participate in Monday's tilt with the Marlins as he is to be rested.

  • Ryan Braun

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    Braun sat out the previous game due to back tightness, but is expected to suit up Sunday versus the Cubs.

  • Lorenzo Cain

    Knee
    Prob 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.

  • Ryan Braun

    Back
    Prob 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.

miami-marlins Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Magneuris Sierra 7 5 19 0 6 0 0 0 1 6 2 4 1 .316 .316 .350
Miguel Rojas 117 109 418 46 120 23 1 5 38 160 7 58 5 .287 .383 .340
Garrett Cooper 106 98 380 52 107 16 1 15 50 170 0 110 0 .282 .447 .345
Bryan Holaday 37 32 103 10 28 5 0 3 10 42 0 19 1 .272 .408 .339
Harold Ramirez 103 89 369 49 100 18 2 10 46 152 2 81 0 .271 .412 .308
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Adam Conley 56 0 172 52 2 74 10 5 43 0 0 2 25 997
Tayron Guerrero 47 0 126 41 6 35 7 0 29 0 0 2 34 827
Jarlin Garcia 45 0 136 37 2 33 4 2 14 0 0 1 13 681
Nick Anderson 45 0 131 69 1 40 5 3 19 0 0 1 16 766
Tyler Kinley 45 0 134 40 1 39 5 2 19 0 0 1 33 774
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jorge Alfaro 115 101 0 29 16 10 0 9
Bryan Holaday 37 32 0 19 5 1 0 1
Chad Wallach 19 12 1 3 2 1 0 1
Austin Dean 48 32 0 0 0 2 2 0
Brian Anderson 126 120 0 0 0 7 9 0

milwaukee-brewers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Aaron Wilkerson 8 0 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 4 0 1 0 .333 1.333 .333
Jacob Nottingham 7 0 6 1 2 0 0 1 4 5 0 2 0 .333 .833 .333
Junior Guerra 59 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Tyrone Taylor 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .500
Christian Yelich 130 127 489 100 161 29 3 44 97 328 30 118 2 .329 .671 .429
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Alex Claudio 77 0 175 43 6 54 8 2 26 0 0 3 22 929
Junior Guerra 66 0 232 74 4 51 11 2 34 0 0 6 35 1309
Matt Albers 63 0 173 55 3 49 6 3 32 0 0 5 29 963
Josh Hader 54 0 204 126 3 35 13 1 21 0 0 1 18 1064
Jeremy Jeffress 48 0 156 46 5 54 5 0 32 0 0 0 17 877
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Yasmani Grandal 139 127 0 66 25 8 0 8
Manny Pina 71 36 2 19 7 6 0 2
Erik Kratz 6 4 1 1 1 4 0 2
Adrian Houser 29 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Ben Gamel 121 60 0 0 0 1 2 0