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Marlins Park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 7,375

Brewers look for four-game sweep of Marlins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Brewers at Miami Marlins

  1. The Brewers dropped two of three at home to the Marlins in June, and have lost six of eight in Miami. Their three straight series lost in Miami are tied for their longest active road series losing streak to an NL team along with Atlanta.
  2. The Brewers have won six of eight with their pitchers posting a 2.84 ERA in those games, best in MLB since August 31. This comes immediately after a 1-4 stretch during which their pitchers had a 5.73 ERA.
  3. With a homer, double and four steals in the Brewers' weekend series with the Cubs, Christian Yelich now has 76 extra-base hits and 30 stolen bases on the season. He is the first NL player with at least 75 extra-base hits and 30 steals in a season since teammate Ryan Braun in 2012.
  4. Yasmani Grandal has homered in four of the last six games to give him 25 on the year and he drew his 90th base on balls on Sunday. The only other NL catcher to have at least 25 home runs and 90 walks in a season was Hall of Famer Johnny Bench in 1972.
  5. Starlin Castro leads all of MLB with 11 runs scored this month. He has a .314/.339/.567 slash line with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 54 games since the All-Star break after slashing .245/.272/.336 with six homers and 34 RBI in 88 games before it. Among batting qualifiers, his increase in slugging of .231 trails only Jose Ramirez's increase of .361 for the biggest jump in MLB.
  6. Jorge Alfaro is batting .515 with three homers, seven RBI and nine runs during an eight-game hitting streak in Miami. He has a .312/.366/.441 slash line since the start of August after slashing .248/.261/.380 in June and July.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/9/2019 thru 9/12/2019
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Day game after a night game ... but the Milwaukee Brewers -- who have won six games in a row -- can't afford to take a break.

The Brewers, engaged in a tough fight for a National League playoff berth, will go for a four-game sweep of their series against the host Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon.

Milwaukee lost star right fielder Christian Yelich for the rest of the season due to a fractured kneecap on Tuesday, putting even more pressure on other hitters such as center fielder Lorenzo Cain, third baseman Mike Moustakas, catcher Yasmani Grandal and left fielder Ryan Braun.

Cain, for example, could use a rest on Thursday as he has been playing with a bruised left knee. But with Milwaukee's situation in the standings, he has continued to play.

"It's still painful to run, but I'm moving better than I was three or four days ago," Cain said. "My knee is not giving out on me right now."

While Cain plays in pain, Moustakas returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday after being out since Sept. 2 due to an injured left hand. Moustakas returned in style, going 3-for-4 with two homers and five RBIs.

With Yelich out, Moustakas leads active Milwaukee players in doubles (28), homers (33) and RBIs (81).

Braun, 35, has been dealing with back pain. He is no longer the same player who won NL MVP in 2011 and led the league with 41 homers the next season. But he still has 18 homers and 60 RBIs this season.

Grandal -- who like Braun is a former Miami Hurricanes player -- is one homer and one RBI from tying his career highs. He has 26 homers and 71 RBIs with a couple of weeks left to make this what almost certainly will be a career year.

Another Miami native, Gio Gonzalez (2-2, 3.98 ERA), will start for the Brewers on Thursday against fellow left-hander Caleb Smith (8-9, 4.11).

Gonzalez, who signed a pro contract out of high school as a first-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2004, has been outstanding against his hometown team, going 10-4 with a 2.42 ERA in 19 career starts against the Marlins.

In eight starts at Marlins Park, Gonzalez is 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA.

Gonzalez, who turns 34 a week from Thursday, has yet to face Miami this year. He has kept his team in games on a consistent basis this season. Proof of that is Milwaukee's 10-5 record when he starts.

Smith, meanwhile, is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in two career starts against Milwaukee.

But the good news for Smith is that he has been solid at Marlins Park, posting an 8-5 record with a 3.47 ERA. In contrast, he is just 5-11 with a 5.37 ERA on the road this year.

As for Miami's hitters, rookie second baseman Isan Diaz is symbolic of the struggles of some of these Marlins prospects. Diaz is hitting just .162, but the 23-year-old had two hits and two RBIs on Tuesday and smashed a two-run homer on Wednesday, giving a hint of what he can do for the rebuilding Marlins.

Asked about his slump since making his major league debut on Aug. 5, Diaz said he was initially perplexed.

"At first, I thought: 'What am I doing wrong?'" Diaz said. "Now I'm trying to study my at-bats and come up with a better game plan."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 12, 2019

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