Series Preview : Tigers at Brewers
Milwaukee, W.I. ~ The Milwaukee Brewers celebrated Wednesday night, but if they want to celebrate again, they have work to do in a crucial three game series against the Detroit Tigers this weekend at Miller Park. This looks like it could be an easy series to count out on, the Brew Crew have already punched a ticket to the postseason and a 95 loss team is coming to town. But just like Brewers players and coaches stated during the team’s champagne shower in St. Louis, there could be another if all goes right. In order to claim the NL Central, the Brewers would likely have to sweep the Tigers, while Chicago would lose a couple to the Cardinals. There’s still a chance.
The Detroit lineup doesn’t necessarily scare anyone, especially after finding a way to win against the dangerous Cardinals order. Their best hitter is Nick Castellanos, who can make anyone pay if there are runners on base. He’s hitting .298 with twenty two homers and a whopping 45 doubles. The rest of the lineup is very bland, with a few familiar names, like former Cardinal Pete Kozma.
Friday – Jordan Zimmerman vs. Zach Davies
Zimmerman was born in Auburndale, Wisconsin and went to college at UW-Stevens Point, so this start at Miller PArk is sort of a homecoming form him. His numbers have improved from his horrific season in 2017, when his ERA finished at 6.08, while allowing 108 runs through out the season. He posts a 4.31 ERA and is coming off of a great outing last Saturday, when he went seven innings while allowing two runs on three hits.
Saturday – Daniel Norris vs. Wade Miley
Norris missed most of the season when he had surgery for groin pain and was activated of the 60 day DL in early September. He has made five starts since, and has allowed 13 runs in 24.1 innings with eight walks. Although its been a rusty return, his strikeout stuff has been just as good. In his last outing he held the Royals to one run over five innings of work.
Sunday – Spencer Turnbull vs. TBA
Turnbull is making his third major league start to finish out the Tigers season. He has allowed seven runs in eleven innings so far, although most of it came in a six run beating by the Twins. Turnbull was selected by the Tigers in the second round of the draft in 2014, but has dealt with injury setbacks and has missed several chunks of time.
The Brewers are looking to beat up on a pretty bad Detroit team as the regular season winds up, and they need to if they want to win the NL Central.
BY Jacob Szczap