In the first of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (25-46) and the New York Mets (25-46) at Miller Park, Mike Fiers (3-7, 4.50 ERA) and Jon Niese (3-7, 4.21 ERA) take the mound. The Mets enter this series looking to snap a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 23 and will air on SNY and FSN-WI.
Fiers is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA against the Mets in his career, but faces a less-than-stellar New York offense that's hitting just .239 on the year. Ryan Braun (.249, 37 Rs, 14 HRs, 44 RBIs, 7 SBs) played well again Sunday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. In his career against the Brewers, Niese is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA. He meets a struggling Milwaukee offense that's batting just .237. Daniel Murphy (.283, 16 Rs, 4 HRs, 29 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 Sunday.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Milwaukee pitchers. The Brewers have given up an average of 6.3 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.9 runs per game.
The Mets are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.63 ERA this season. They also allow just 7.9 hits per road game, good for second in the NL.
In their previous three games this season, the Mets have a 2-1 record. The Brewers will take on a left-hander (Niese) in this game and have a 7-8 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Mets will be the right-hander Fiers. They sport a 30-29 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
The Mets lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Brewers are 7-8. The Mets are 13-11 in close games this season.
When the Mets play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Brewers are 2-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Mets are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Brewers have a 5-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers are 18-4. The Mets have a 23-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Milwaukee ranks 27th with 259 runs and New York is 26th with 260.
Ranking 27th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 157 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 188.
The Brewers are 21-16 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Mets are 23-12 when they hit at least one homer.