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Brewers Series Preview: Milwaukee Heads to Twinkie Town

The Brewers head into Twinkie Town for a three-game series with the Twins. Xavier Sanchez has the preview.

A third of the season has come and gone for the Milwaukee Brewers. They are lucky to be sitting at 10-10 and 3.5 games back of the first place in the N.L. Central Division. Their pitching has been average to slightly above average while their hitting has been toward the bottom of the league.

Their pitching staff 4.17 ERA ranks 12th in the MLB and they are 4th in strikeouts with 220 strikeouts.

Offensively, Brewers are a mess. They are 23rd in hits (148), 27th in runs (80), 26th in batting average (.221), 27th in on-base percentage (.298), 26th in slugging percentage (.368), and 27th in OPS (.666).

Christian Yelich

Yes, a team is not made of one player but a superstar like Christian Yelich should be more active offensively. Right now, he’s hit .194 with 12 runs, three doubles, a triple, five home runs, and 12 runs batted in. The .194 is alarming to some but Yelich has been climbing up the ranks since the start of August. He did enter the month batting .037 in 27 at-bats.

Across 13 August games, Yelcih has shown flashes of normalcy as he finds his groove at the plate. He’s posted a .296 batting average, a 1.085 OPS, 8 extra-base hits, and nine driven in. What’s even more important is Yelich is finding ways to work the counts by walking more and minimizing the number of times he strikes out.

Mound Matchups

  • Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. CT: RHP Corbin Burnes (0-0, 3.3.8) vs. RHP Kenta Maeda (3-0, 2.66)
    • Yelich is 5 for 11 with an RBI and just one strikeout against Maeda
    • Burnes is returning to the Brewers rotation and filling in for Eric Lauer. He previously made some relief appearance as a tandem with Brandon Woodruff in Woodruff’s starts.
  • Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. CT: Brett Anderson (0-2, 4.91) vs. TBD
    • Twins are hitting .308 with five home runs and 12 runs batted in 39 career at-bats. Nelson Cruz is only 3 for 13 but all three have been hit out of the park.
  • Thursday, 6:10 p.m. CT: Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 3.16) vs. José Berríos (1-3, 5.92)
    • This is just Berríos’ second career start against Brewers. He hasn’t been his ace self so this experience lineup might have a chance to make some noise. Current Brewers have hit .253 in 67 at-bats against Berríos. Only 6 Twins have faced Woodruff and they are sporting a .200 batting average.

Who’s Hot

  • Orlando Arcia– 4/11, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB
  • Justin Smoak– 4/16, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB
  • Luis Urías- 6/11, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB

Who’s Not

Final Thought

Last week, the Brewers went 1-2 against the Twins at home and were outscored by 10 runs. Brewers’ pitching kept things close in the first two games but the third game was a different story. Even when the pitching is competitive, the Brewers offense struggles to get things going. During the Twins series, Brewers hit .235/.250/.431 with 24 hits, 10 extra-base hits, 10 runs, two walks, and 24 strikeouts in 102 at-bats.

Yes, this season is an odd one with the future being unknown for the most part. But the Brew Crew offense needs to help out their pitchers if they want to remain in playoff contention.

Brewers have played better on the road so maybe they will build on their 8-4 away record.


Featured Photo: Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images


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