In the second of a four-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (26-28) and the Milwaukee Brewers (25-29) at Citizens Bank Park, Vince Velasquez (5-2, 3.63 ERA) and Jimmy Nelson (5-3, 2.88 ERA) take the mound. The Phillies lost the last game 4-1, extending a seven-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 3 and will air on WCAU and FSWI.
In his most recent outing, Velasquez pitched 4.2 innings, giving up seven runs, striking out six and walking two in a 7-2 loss to the Cubs. Maikel Franco (.253, 15 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Brewers were victorious over the Reds 5-4 the last time Nelson pitched. He went 7.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking two. Ryan Braun (.348, 23 Rs, 9 HRs, 32 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Phillies -115 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIL
Philadelphia has won 41% (9-13) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Milwaukee has won 43% (9-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Brewers are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Phillies have a 2-6 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the Brewers are 4-24. The Phillies have a 6-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 41 this season. Milwaukee ranks in the top half with 58.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.50 per game. Milwaukee ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 8.00.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.646). Milwaukee ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .726.
The Brewers are 20-25 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Phillies are 9-23 when they allow at least one homer.