Wily Peralta (0-1, 9.00 ERA) and Doug Fister (5-7, 4.19 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (2-2) and the Houston Astros (1-3) at Miller Park. The Brewers won the last game 6-4, and Milwaukee leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on RTSW and FSWI.
Peralta pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking two in a 12-3 defeat to the Giants. Chris Carter (.308 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Fister will pitch for the Astros. Last season he pitched 103.0 innings last season, going 5-7 with a 4.19 ERA 1.40 WHIP, and 15 strikeouts. Tyler White (.692 ) has been successful at the plate to start the season for the Astros, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Milwaukee and Houston are the Astros -129 while the Over/Under (O/U) is set at Under 9 -120.
The Astros have a dynamic offense, leading the league with zero extra base hits. The Astros are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best four stolen bases.
The Brewers have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIL
When leading after seven innings, Milwaukee is 1-0, while Houston is 0-2.
The Astros managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Brewers who are heading in with a 2-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 0-2. The Brewers have a 1-2 record when opponents outhit them.
Milwaukee ranks in the top 10 of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting six this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with seven.
Ranking 17th, Milwaukee is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 7.67 per game. Houston ranks in the top half at 13th with 9.00.
Both Milwaukee and Houston are tied at first for their on-base plus slugging percentage of .000.
The Astros are 1-3 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Brewers are 2-2 when they allow at least one homer.