Jimmy Nelson (2-5, 3.67 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (16-32) meet Rubby De La Rosa (4-2, 4.27 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (21-25) in the first of a three-game series at Miller Park. The Brewers enter this series on a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 29 and will air on FSN-AZ and FSN-WI.
Nelson faces a strong Arizona offense that's hitting .264 on the year. Carlos Gomez (.258, 19 Rs, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful the last time De La Rosa pitched. He struggled, going, going 6.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 9-6 loss to the Cubs. A.J. Pollock (.320, 32 Rs, 4 HRs, 16 RBIs, 11 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one stolen base.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment.
The Diamondbacks rank second in the NL in scoring, averaging 4.6 runs per game. Arizona is one of the top hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.4 hits per contest. Arizona is a terror on the base paths, ranking third in the MLB with 42 stolen bases. Switching gears to Arizona's pitching staff, they have the third-lowest road ERA in the NL at 3.85.
The Brewers will take on a right-hander (De La Rosa) in this game. They have done very poorly against right-handed starting pitchers this season (12-25), especially at home where they have a 6-14 record. The right-handed Fiers will take the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 16-19 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI
In their last game, the Diamondbacks lost by a margin of one run. The Brewers are 4-6 in one-run games. The Diamondbacks have an 8-9 record in close games.
The Diamondbacks are 4-3 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Brewers are 1-2 in such matchups.
The Diamondbacks 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 4-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 15-5. The Brewers have an 11-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 178 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at fifth with 213.
Ranking 22nd, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 116 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 134.
When the Brewers hit at least one home run, they are 15-12. When the Diamondbacks hit at least one homer, they have a 16-10 record.