Fresh off three straight victories, the Milwaukee Brewers will continue their series in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Friday’s game, which is set to start at 9:40 P.M ET, will be Game 2 of their series. Milwaukee won Game 1 by a 5-1 final score.
Milwaukee is in a Fight For Division Title
The Milwaukee Brewers have won three straight games to improve their record to 51-47 on the season. Right now, they’re wrapped up in a vicious battle for the NL Central crown, trailing the Chicago Cubs by two games and leading the St. Louis Cardinals by a half-game. Moving forward, this is going to be one of the most exciting races to watch.
Of course, the one thing about the Brewers that really sticks out is their offense. Since the break, they’re hitting .287 as a team with 40 runs scored (7 games). Unsurprisingly, last year’s MVP (Christian Yelich) is doing his fair share to contribute. He’s homered three times in the second half while hitting .345. Rather surprisingly, though, another hitter has the best numbers on the team so far, and that’s Keston Hiura, a relatively unknown rookie.
Hiura is hitting a ridiculous .555 in seven games! He’s collected 15 hits in just 27 at-bats, including two homers, seven RBIs, and a team-high 28 total bases.
D-Backs Hanging Tight in Wild Card Race
Although they lost Game 1 to Milwaukee, the Arizona Diamondbacks are hanging tight. They’re currently one game above .500 with a 49-48 record, putting them just 1.5 games back of the final NL Wild Card spot. Since they’re in the same division as the Dodgers, an NL West title is out of the question so the wild card is their only likely route to the postseason.
Getting to the playoffs has also become a bit easier for the D-Backs recently, as they just activated super utilityman Wilmer Flores from the IL. Flores, who can play all over the place, hasn’t played since late May but before getting injured, he hit .281 in 40-plus games.
From the pitching side of things, they have a solid rotation and bullpen. Since the break, they’ve combined for a sub-3.00 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .213 batting average. Also fresh off the IL, Taylor Clarke will get the ball on Friday. He hasn’t contributed to the staff’s solid performance since the break and frankly, he hasn’t been great this season. In 42 innings, he has an ERA north of 6.00.
- 1-6 in their last 7 games vs. Milwaukee.
- 5-0 in their last 5 games vs. Arizona.
- 3-1 in their last 4 road games vs. Arizona.