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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Houston Astros Preview and Predictions 06-12-2019 in MLB


Justin Verlander looks to become the first 10-game winner in the major leagues this year when the Houston Astros host the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday for the finale of their two-game interleague series. Verlander won't be the only hot hurler on the mound as Milwaukee's Brandon Woodruff looks to win his eighth straight decision.

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Verlander will be striving to pitch the Astros to their 10th victory in 12 games after they won a 10-8 slugfest on Tuesday in the series opener. Yordan Alvarez became the first player in franchise history to homer in each of his first two major-league games, while Robinson Chirinos, Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White also went deep for Houston. Milwaukee's Christian Yelich belted his major league-leading 25th homer while going 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Yasmani Grandal went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs for the Brewers, who had their four-game winning streak halted.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, ESPN, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), AT&T SportsNet-Southwest (Houston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Brandon Woodruff (8-1, 3.87 ERA) vs. Astros RH Justin Verlander (9-2, 2.31)

Woodruff's lone loss of the campaign was against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 10 as he since has allowed fewer than three runs in seven of his 10 starts. The 26-year-old matched his season high of 10 strikeouts while defeating Pittsburgh in his last turn, when he gave up three runs and four hits over six innings. Woodruff, who never has faced Houston, is 2-1 with a 4.03 ERA in five road starts this season.

Verlander did not factor in the decision in his last outing as he allowed three runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings against Seattle. The 36-year-old has given up five hits or fewer in 11 straight outings and owns a splendid 0.74 WHIP while limiting opponents to a .151 batting average this season. Verlander is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA in two career starts against the Brewers and has enjoyed success versus Mike Moustakas (12-for-68, one homer).

WALK-OFFS

1. Chirinos has gone deep in five of his last seven games.

2. Moustakas is 15-for-41 with seven homers and 11 RBIs in his last 10 contests.

3. Houston 2B Jose Altuve (hamstring) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend, while OF George Springer (hamstring) took batting practice on Tuesday in his latest sign of progress.

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Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas, USA.
Capacity: 43,836

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Last Injuries

Houston Astros

  • Joe Smith

    Achilles
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Smith is on the 10-day injured list and is not expected to return until the latter part of July.

  • George Springer

    Hamstring
    Prob Tues | probable

    Springer has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing form a Grade 2 left hamstring strain. It is likely that he will return to action against the Pirates on Tuesday.

  • Collin McHugh

    Elbow
    Prob Tues | probable

    McHugh is expected to be available for Tuesday's contest versus the Pirates after being activated from the 10-day injured list where he was dealing with discomfort in his right elbow.

  • Aledmys Diaz

    Hamstring
    Mid July | 10-day IL

    Diaz is on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain and is expected to be idle until at least the middle of July.

  • Max Stassi

    Knee
    Prob Sat | probable

    Stassi has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from left knee soreness. It is likely he will return to the lineup for Saturday's game versus the Yankees.

  • Jose Altuve

    Hamstring
    Prob Wed | probable

    Altuve has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a left hamstring strain and is expected to be in the lineup for Wednesday's matchup against the Reds.

  • Yordan Alvarez

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Alvarez is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Reds as he is likely to receive a day of rest.

  • Jake Marisnick

    Knee
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Marisnick has missed the last two games with left knee discomfort, and it is unknown if he will play against the Reds on Monday.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Lorenzo Cain

    Thumb
    Doub Wed | doubtful

    Cain was held out of the previous game after having a cryotherapy procedure conducted on his right thumb. He is not expected to suit up against the Mariners on Wednesday.

  • Lorenzo Cain

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cain is not expected to be in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds as he will likely be given a day of rest.

  • Mike Moustakas

    Hand
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Moustakas is expected to suit up against the Reds on Thursday despite a left hand contusion.

  • Mike Moustakas

    Hand
    Out Wed | out

    Moustakas exited the last game due to a left hand contusion and will not suit up against the Padres on Wednesday.

  • Jhoulys Chacin

    Back
    Prob Mon | probable

    Chacin has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recuperating from a lower back strain, and he is expected to take the mound on Monday against the Padres.

  • Lorenzo Cain

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cain is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Giants as he likely will be given the day to rest.

houston-astros 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
Yordan Alvarez 13 13 52 12 17 3 0 7 17 41 0 14 0 .327 .788 .417
Michael Brantley 76 74 299 38 95 21 1 11 43 151 3 31 2 .318 .505 .377
George Springer 49 48 189 41 58 9 1 17 43 120 4 46 1 .307 .635 .386
Josh Reddick 72 68 266 33 80 10 1 9 28 119 4 30 2 .301 .447 .340
Carlos Correa 50 50 190 26 56 13 1 11 35 104 1 51 0 .295 .547 .360
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
Ryan Pressly 33 0 103 39 0 22 3 0 6 0 0 0 4 496
Roberto Osuna 32 0 96 33 1 22 3 0 9 0 0 0 4 463
Will Harris 32 0 87 25 0 22 1 0 5 0 0 0 6 446
Hector Rondon 31 0 88 25 1 28 3 0 10 0 0 4 10 474
Chris Devenski 28 0 94 35 2 31 6 0 16 0 0 9 10 516
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Robinson Chirinos 61 57 2 27 7 3 0 2
Max Stassi 19 17 1 12 2 2 0 1
Garrett Stubbs 8 6 0 1 1 0 0 0
Aledmys Diaz 32 27 0 0 0 2 0 0
Alex Bregman 78 78 0 0 0 6 0 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 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 1.000 4.000 1.000
Jacob Nottingham 6 0 5 1 2 0 0 1 4 5 0 2 0 .400 1.000 .400
Christian Yelich 72 70 271 63 91 16 2 29 63 198 17 58 1 .336 .731 .428
Brandon Woodruff 19 14 37 1 12 4 0 0 4 16 0 16 0 .324 .432 .342
Corbin Burnes 21 4 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 .286 .286 .286
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 42 0 97 22 4 32 6 1 18 0 0 2 12 527
Junior Guerra 33 0 122 39 2 29 5 0 18 0 0 4 17 710
Matt Albers 31 0 97 34 2 24 4 2 14 0 0 1 11 512
Josh Hader 28 0 113 73 0 13 6 0 8 0 0 0 12 570
Josh Tomlin 27 0 129 29 0 37 8 0 19 0 0 0 4 580
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Yasmani Grandal 72 66 0 35 14 4 0 4
Manny Pina 33 16 2 7 2 3 0 2
Erik Kratz 6 4 1 1 1 4 0 2
Ben Gamel 67 39 0 0 0 1 2 0
Christian Yelich 72 70 0 0 0 1 4 0