Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview and Predictions 05-16-2019 in MLB
The Milwaukee Brewers regained their footing following a three-game losing skid to win back-to-back games and nine of their last 12 overall. The Brewers look to remain on the fast track on Thursday afternoon in the series finale against the host Philadelphia Phillies, who have lost two straight after winning 11 of their previous 15.
Milwaukee rebounded from a 7-4 setback in the opener to yield just three runs in its last two games while Ryan Braun is 3-for-8 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored in that stretch. Braun, a former National League Most Valuable Player, is 60-for-147 with 45 RBIs with 38 runs scored in his career at Citizens Bank Park and is 2-for-5 versus Thursday starter Zach Eflin. While Eflin has been rock-solid in his last three starts, the Phillies' defense left plenty to be desired in Wednesday's 5-2 setback as a pair of gaffes led to a three-run third inning. Jean Segura belted a solo homer in the first inning and carries a six-game hitting streak into Thursday's tilt versus right-hander Zach Davies.
TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), NBCS Philadelphia
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Zach Davies (4-0, 1.54 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Zach Eflin (5-3, 2.47)
Davies worked into the seventh inning for the third time this season on Saturday after allowing one run on six hits in a no-decision at the Chicago Cubs. The 26-year-old has won just one of his four road starts this season as opposed to posting a 3-0 mark with an 0.76 ERA at Miller Park. Andrew McCutchen (4-for-12, homer, five RBIs) and Maikel Franco (4-for-6, homer, four RBIs) have enjoyed success versus Davies, who split a pair of starts with a 7.15 ERA and 1.94 ERA versus Philadelphia while permitting the club to bat .333 against him.
Eflin became the majors' first pitcher with two complete games this season and recorded his second career shutout after scattering four hits and striking out seven in Saturday's 7-0 win at Kansas City. The 25-year-old, who also notched a complete game against Miami on April 28, has allowed just two runs on 15 hits in his last three starts (25 innings). While Lorenzo Cain (2-for-5) has enjoyed some success in a small sample size versus Eflin, the hurler can take some solace in getting the better of reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich (0-for-5).
1. Philadelphia C J.T. Realmuto has four hits in the series and seven with three RBIs and three runs scored in his last six games overall.
2. Cain is 10-for-29 during his six-game hitting streak.
3. Phillies 1B Rhys Hoskins is 4-for-25 with nine strikeouts in his last seven games.
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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 0.400 Jacob Nottingham #26 | C
- HOMERUNS 41 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- RUNS BATTED IN 89 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- STOLEN BASES 24 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 54 Deolis Guerra #64 | RP
- WINS 11 Brandon Woodruff # | RP
- STRIKEOUTS 105 Eric Thames #7 | 1B
- SAVES 25 Josh Hader #71 | RP
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- Elbowout for season | 60-day IL
Robertson has been transferred to the 60-day injured list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. He will miss the remainder of the 2019 season.
- GroinOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Quinn has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain, and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup.
- Elbowout for season | 60-day IL
Arrieta has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after having season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow.
- ElbowMid Sept | 60-day IL
Dominguez has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to ulnar collateral ligament damage in his right elbow. He is likely to return during the middle of September.
- ArmEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Bruce has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a flexor strain in his left arm. He will be on the shelf until the early part of September.
- ConditioningProb Tues | probable
Harper exited the previous game due to dehydration but is expected to suit up Tuesday against the Red Sox.
- ShoulderMid Sept | 60-day IL
Ramos has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a right shoulder impingement and is expected to be out of commission until at least the middle of September.
- BicepLate Aug | 60-day IL
Eickhoff has been shifted to the 60-day injured list due to tendinitis in his right bicep. He is likely to return during the end of August.
- ElbowEarly Sept | 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 early part of September.
- ObliqueProb Tues | probable
Cain is expected to be in Tuesday's lineup versus the Cardinals despite a tweaked oblique.
- ObliqueMid 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.
- BackProb 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.
- ObliqueOut 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.
- RestQues Mon | questionable
Braun is not expected to suit up against the Cardinals on Monday due to a day of rest.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Cain is not expected to be in the lineup Sunday as he will likely be given a routine day for rest.
- RestQues 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.
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