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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview and Predictions 05-15-2019 in MLB


Ryan Braun returned from a three-game absence due to a tight hamstring to once again put the squeeze on the Philadelphia Phillies. Braun will bid to power the visiting Milwaukee Brewers to back-to-back wins on Wednesday night in the third contest of the four-game series against the Phillies.

Braun belted a two-run shot as Milwaukee snapped a three-game skid with a 6-1 victory on Tuesday, boosting his home run total to 14 to go along with a .406 batting average and 43 RBIs in 36 career contests at Citizens Bank Park. Celebrated prospect Keston Hiura collected two hits in his major league debut before making his first out on a sliding catch by Bryce Harper in the sixth inning that left the former National League Most Valuable Player with a bit of a limp. Undaunted, Harper ended the frame with another sliding catch for his third defensive gem of the series, although his offensive numbers have tumbled to the point that he is leading the majors with 56 strikeouts -- including 20 multi-strikeout performances. "I don't love strikeouts offensively, but I think strikeouts -- when they're balanced out with a high walk rate -- are OK," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said of Harper, who reportedly was nursing a sore knee after Tuesday's game.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), NBCS Philadelphia

PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers LH Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Jake Arrieta (4-3, 3.78)

Gonzalez pieced together his third strong outing since agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract with Milwaukee, scattering two hits over 5 2/3 innings of a 7-0 victory at the Chicago Cubs on Friday. The Phillies are very familiar to the 33-year-old, who spent parts of seven seasons with NL East-rival Washington. Jean Segura (8-for-15) has flustered Gonzalez, although the hurler has done the same to Rhys Hoskins (0-for-9, four strikeouts) and Maikel Franco (1-for-24).



Arrieta admitted to making three mistakes in his last outing, and those miscues resulted in three homers in a start for the first time in nearly four years in Thursday's 5-1 setback at Kansas City. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award recipient has been taken deep eight times in his last seven starts. Lorenzo Cain (5-for-9) and Hernan Perez (7-for-19) have gotten under the skin of Arrieta, who sports an 8-6 mark with a 3.22 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 17 career meetings with Milwaukee.

WALK-OFFS

1. Philadelphia 2B Cesar Hernandez has 12 hits -- including two homers -- to go along with seven RBIs and six runs scored in his last nine games.

2. Milwaukee 1B Jesus Aguilar has five RBIs and four runs scored during his eight-game hitting streak.

3. Segura is 7-for-22 with three RBIs and three runs scored during his five-game hitting streak.

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Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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Last Injuries

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Vince Velasquez

    Forearm
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Velasquez has been designated to the 10-day injured list with a strained right forearm. It is anticipated that he will likely be away from the field until at least the early portion of June.

  • Tommy Hunter

    Forearm
    Early June | 60-day IL

    Hunter is sidelined with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right forearm and has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. He is expected to be sidelined until the early part of June.

  • Victor Arano

    Elbow
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Arano has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation, and he is likely to remain idle until at least the start of June.

  • Edubray Ramos

    Bicep
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Ramos is on the 10-day injured list due to right biceps tendinitis and is likely to be on the IL until at least the beginning of June.

  • Roman Quinn

    Groin
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Quinn has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a Grade 2 right groin strain. It is anticipated that he will be out of action until at least the beginning of June.

  • David Robertson

    Elbow
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Robertson has landed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow, and he is expected to be away from the field until at least the beginning of July.

  • Scott Kingery

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | 10-day IL

    Kingery has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. It is unknown if he will return Sunday against the Rockies.

  • Bryce Harper

    Knee
    Prob Wed | probable

    Harper is battling soreness in his left knee, but it is expected that he will take the field Wednesday against the Brewers.

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Milwaukee Brewers

  • Christian Yelich

    Back
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Yelich has been held out of the previous two games with back spasms, and it is uncertain if he will be in Friday's lineup versus the Phillies.

  • Travis Shaw

    Wrist
    Ques Mon | 10-day IL

    Shaw has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right wrist strain. It is unknown if he will be activated in time for Monday's contest against the Twins.

  • Manny Pina

    Hamstring
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Pina has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring strain but is expected to return during the first week of June.

  • Jimmy Nelson

    Shoulder
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Nelson is on the 10-day injured list while recuperating from shoulder surgery and is likely to remain out of commission until the early part of June.

  • Ryan Braun

    Knee
    Out Wed | out

    Braun will not take the field against the Reds on Wednesday as he is dealing with knee discomfort.

  • Jesus Aguilar

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Aguilar is unlikely to participate in Tuesday's game against the Reds due to a day of rest.

  • Ryan Braun

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

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

  • Chase Anderson

    Finger
    Prob Sat | probable

    Anderson has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from a right middle finger laceration. He is projected to make his scheduled start against the Braves on Saturday.

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philadelphia-phillies 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
Scott Kingery 18 9 43 7 15 5 0 2 6 26 2 10 0 .349 .605 .404
Cole Irvin 2 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .500
Jean Segura 39 39 161 31 52 11 2 4 20 79 3 23 1 .323 .491 .370
Cesar Hernandez 48 47 180 22 55 12 2 4 21 83 3 28 1 .306 .461 .368
J.T. Realmuto 46 42 168 30 46 11 0 6 30 75 2 37 1 .274 .446 .328
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 Morgan 22 0 51 17 3 7 2 1 4 0 0 1 4 229
Seranthony Dominguez 21 0 59 25 1 21 3 0 13 0 0 1 10 383
Hector Neris 20 0 61 27 2 12 2 0 5 0 0 1 6 326
Jose Alvarez 19 0 55 12 1 22 4 0 11 0 0 0 5 311
Juan Nicasio 18 0 66 20 2 24 1 2 12 0 0 2 11 370
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
J.T. Realmuto 46 42 0 18 18 3 0 3
Andrew Knapp 24 8 0 5 1 1 0 2
Drew Butera 7 5 0 2 0 0 0 0
Aaron Altherr 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
Andrew McCutchen 48 48 0 0 0 2 2 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 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 1.000 4.000 1.000
Jacob Nottingham 3 0 3 1 2 0 0 1 4 5 0 0 0 .667 1.667 .667
Brandon Woodruff 12 9 24 1 8 2 0 0 2 10 0 11 0 .333 .417 .360
Corbin Burnes 12 4 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333
Christian Yelich 44 42 157 40 51 7 0 19 41 115 9 34 0 .325 .732 .440
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 27 0 60 16 2 16 3 0 10 0 0 0 8 326
Junior Guerra 21 0 79 22 0 13 3 0 7 0 0 3 11 435
Matt Albers 20 0 60 22 1 18 3 1 10 0 0 0 6 329
Josh Hader 19 0 75 49 0 9 5 0 7 0 0 0 7 387
Jacob Barnes 16 1 47 20 0 18 2 1 14 0 0 2 9 323
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Yasmani Grandal 45 41 0 19 10 1 0 3
Erik Kratz 3 1 1 7 2 4 0 1
Manny Pina 23 11 0 4 1 1 0 1
Ben Gamel 46 27 0 0 0 1 2 0
Christian Yelich 44 42 0 0 0 0 3 0