Series Preview : Phillies @ Brewers

Milwaukee, W.I. ~ This weekend the Brewers will face off against the Philadelphia Phillies in a Memorial Day Weekend three game set at Miller Park.  Milwaukee is coming off an off day after a two-game series split with the Cincinnati Reds, a series that included a thrilling 11-9, comeback win. Meanwhile, the Phillies look to build some momentum after a four game series against the Chicago Cubs ; each teams each one two games. Philadelphia is coming off of a 9-7 victory on Thursday, in which Andrew McCutchen had two doubles, JT Realmuto homered, and Jean Segura had multiple hits.

Tonight’s matchup features Chase Anderson on the mound for the Brewers and Jerad Eickhoff for the Phils.  Anderson is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in 13 2/3 innings since rejoining the Brewers rotation. He threw 76 pitches in his last start. On the flip side, Eickhoff has allowed nine runs over his last two starts after a stellar beginning of the year. Milwaukee has had some success against Eickhoff recently, as the right hander has a 6.55 ERA against the club.

On Saturday, Jhoulys Chacin will go against Jake Arrieta. Chacin was Milwaukee’s best starter last season, posting a 15-8 record with an ERA of 3.50. However, he has struggled through starts this season, as he has had a hard time keeping his pitch count down. He has a 3-5 record with an ERA of 4.65. Arrieta, a former Cub, has a 4-4 record with a 3.77 ERA. He pitched phenomenally in his last start, allowing just one run over six innings.

In the final game of the series Zach Eflin will pitch against Brandon Woodruff. Woodruff has been arguably the Brewers best starting pitcher, already with six wins. He has an ERA of 3.51 and is coming off one of the  best outing of his career, as he went 8 strong innings. Eflin has allowed one run or less in four of his last five starts. The one poor start came against the Brewers, when he was roughed up for seven hits and four runs.

Will we see the explosive offense from the Brewers and lights out pitching or the poor plate discipline and bullpen struggles that they have been prone to ? We’ve seen both sides in the past week, so it will be exciting to see what will to come in what will be an exciting series against the NL East leaders.

By Jacob Szczap

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