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Minnesota Twins vs. Milwaukee Brewers Preview and Predictions 08-14-2019 in MLB


The Minnesota Twins on Monday found themselves in second place for the first time since April 20 but regained the top spot in the American League Central one day later and look to stay there when they visit the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon for the finale of their two-game interleague series. Marwin Gonzalez belted a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning as the Twins posted a 7-5 win on Tuesday to move one-half game ahead of Cleveland in the division.

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Gonzalez is 9-for-23 with a pair of homers and six RBIs during his six-game hitting streak while Eddie Rosario recorded two hits and scored twice on Tuesday but remained one home run shy of 100 for his career. Kyle Gibson looks to rebound from a rough outing last time out when he takes the mound for Minnesota while the Brewers counter with Gio Gonzalez in the finale of their five-game homestand,during which they are 2-2. Milwaukee is 2 ? games out in the National League Central and 1 ? back in the wild-card race after losing for just the second time in seven contests on Tuesday. MVP candidate Christian Yelich returned to the lineup for the Brewers after missing five straight games with back stiffness and went 1-for-5 as he remains one homer shy of becoming the seventh player in team history to launch 40 in a single season.

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PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Kyle Gibson (11-5, 4.24 ERA) vs. Brewers LH Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.20)

Gibson saw his nine-game unbeaten streak come to an end on Thursday, when he permitted six runs - five earned - on four hits and six walks over 4 1/3 innings against Cleveland. The 31-year-old native of Indiana went 4-0 with a 3.74 ERA in his previous nine appearances, including one out of the bullpen. Mike Moustakas is 11-for-35 with three doubles and a homer versus Gibson, who is 1-2 with a 5.70 ERA in five career games against Milwaukee.

Gonzalez is winless in his last six starts and has not received a decision in his last five outings after giving up one run and two hits over five innings against Texas on Friday. The 33-year-old Floridian has completed six innings just once this year and is 0-1 with a 2.91 ERA in four turns at home in 2019. Jason Castro is 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles against Gonzalez, who gave up four runs over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision at Minnesota on May 27.

WALK-OFFS

1. Brewers LF Ryan Braun has gone 14-for-38 with a homer and five RBIs while hitting safely in 11 straight starts.

2. Minnesota 3B Miguel Sano, who recorded a single on Tuesday, has hit safely in 24 straight starts in interleague games.

3. Milwaukee C Yasmani Grandal reached the 20-homer plateau for the fourth straight season on Tuesday with his first blast since July 6.

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Last Injuries

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Zach Davies

    Back
    Prob Mon | probable

    Davies has been activated from the 10-day injured list with back spasms and is expected to return to the mound Monday against the Cardinals.

  • Jhoulys Chacin

    Oblique
    Mid Sept | 10-day IL

    Chacin has been added to the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain. He is expected to be out until at least the middle of September.

  • Lorenzo Cain

    Oblique
    Out Mon | out

    Cain was held out the last game with a tweaked oblique muscle and will not be in Monday's lineup versus the Cardinals.

  • Ryan Braun

    Rest
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Braun is not expected to suit up against the Cardinals on Monday due to a day of rest.

  • Lorenzo Cain

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cain is not expected to be in the lineup Sunday as he will likely be given a routine day for rest.

  • Lorenzo Cain

    Rest
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Cain is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Nationals on Saturday as he is likely to receive a day of rest.

  • Christian Yelich

    Back
    Out Sun | out

    Yelich missed the previous four games with a sore back and will not be in the lineup against the Rangers on Sunday.

  • Jimmy Nelson

    Elbow
    Late Aug | 60-day IL

    Nelson has been moved to the 60-day injured list due to a right elbow effusion. He has begun a rehab assignment and is expected to return during the latter part of August.

Minnesota Twins

  • LaMonte Wade Jr

    Thumb
    Late Aug | 10-day IL

    Wade Jr. has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a dislocated right thumb. He is projected to remain idle until at least the end of August.

  • Max Kepler

    Illness
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Kepler left the last game due to a heat illness, and it is unknown if the symptoms will subside in time for Monday's tilt against the White Sox.

  • Nelson Cruz

    Wrist
    Prob Mon | 10-day IL

    Cruz has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a ruptured ECU tendon in his left wrist. He is expected to be activated in time for Monday's game against the White Sox.

  • Byron Buxton

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Buxton is on the 10-day injured list due to left shoulder subluxation but is expected to return towards the start of September.

  • Michael Pineda

    Tricep
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Pineda has been activated from the 10-day injured list after a right triceps strain and will return to the starting rotation Thursday against the Rangers.

  • Sam Dyson

    Bicep
    Prob Tues | probable

    Dyson has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from right biceps tendinitis, and he is expected to be available Tuesday against the Brewers.

  • Willians Astudillo

    Oblique
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Astudillo has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left oblique. He is likely to come off the IL during the beginning of September.

  • Max Kepler

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Kepler is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Braves on Wednesday as he is likely to receive a day of rest.

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
Jacob Nottingham 6 0 5 1 2 0 0 1 4 5 0 2 0 .400 1.000 .400
Christian Yelich 110 107 421 87 141 24 3 41 89 294 24 100 2 .335 .698 .424
Aaron Wilkerson 8 0 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 4 0 1 0 .333 1.333 .333
Junior Guerra 48 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Keston Hiura 60 57 227 37 71 16 2 14 35 133 8 78 3 .313 .586 .383
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 66 0 151 38 5 48 6 2 23 0 0 3 19 808
Junior Guerra 55 0 199 61 4 45 9 2 30 0 0 6 30 1137
Matt Albers 54 0 157 52 2 39 5 3 22 0 0 4 21 828
Jeremy Jeffress 46 0 153 46 4 51 5 0 28 0 0 0 16 850
Josh Hader 45 0 170 106 3 32 13 1 21 0 0 1 17 913
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Yasmani Grandal 116 104 0 51 20 5 0 6
Manny Pina 61 32 2 17 7 6 0 2
Erik Kratz 6 4 1 1 1 4 0 2
Adrian Houser 24 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
Ben Gamel 106 53 0 0 0 1 2 0

minnesota-twins 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
Luis Arraez 58 51 199 35 68 10 1 3 20 89 1 16 2 .342 .447 .412
Jorge Polanco 118 117 495 76 147 32 6 17 62 242 4 86 3 .297 .489 .359
Ehire Adrianza 72 45 169 31 50 7 3 4 19 75 0 29 2 .296 .444 .381
Nelson Cruz 87 81 323 59 95 19 0 32 76 210 0 101 1 .294 .650 .384
Eddie Rosario 105 100 427 74 119 19 1 27 82 221 3 63 1 .279 .518 .304
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
Ryne Harper 53 0 140 43 1 44 6 0 20 0 0 1 8 751
Trevor May 48 0 139 54 3 34 5 1 21 0 0 6 23 877
Taylor Rogers 47 0 167 72 5 51 6 2 16 0 0 0 10 874
Tyler Duffey 41 0 123 52 2 34 7 1 21 0 0 0 13 730
Blake Parker 37 0 109 34 2 34 7 0 18 0 0 0 16 632
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jason Castro 60 57 0 26 6 1 0 7
Mitch Garver 69 56 1 18 6 5 0 5
Willians Astudillo 39 32 0 9 2 3 1 0
Byron Buxton 82 78 0 0 0 2 5 0
C.J. Cron 97 92 0 0 0 9 0 0