The Milwaukee Brewers (37-35) host the Arizona Diamondbacks (44-29) at American Family Field on Tuesday. The Diamondbacks took Monday’s series opener 9-1, their third head-to-head victory in four games this season. Merrill Kelly went seven innings for the win, giving up one run on three hits and striking out seven.
Geraldo Perdomo was 2 for 3 with a double and one run in the win. Alek Thomas added a home run, two runs, and two RBIs. Brian Anderson went 1 for 1 with two walks and one run for the Brewers.
ON THE MOUND
Ryne Nelson (3-4, 5.30 ERA) is in line to take the mound for Arizona. The righty allowed five runs over four innings in his last start, a 5-4 road defeat against the Phillies on Thursday. He took the loss, yielding 10 hits while striking out five and walking two.
Righty Colin Rea (3-4, 4.71 ERA) will take the mound for Milwaukee. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Diamondbacks. In his last start on Wednesday, Rea took the loss on the road against the Twins. He threw five innings and gave up four runs on five hits, striking out four and walking three in the 4-2 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Arizona has averaged 5.4 runs a game, a small gain compared to their season average of 5.2. Against righties like Rea this season, the D-backs have a .784 OPS, fourth highest in the league. Perdomo has the team’s highest on-base percentage against right-handers at .407 over 181 at-bats.
Milwaukee is averaging only 3.6 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 4.0 for the season. The Brew Crew have a .692 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .883 OPS over 184 at-bats, Christian Yelich has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Arizona is on a six-game winning streak in road games, bringing their record to 21-11 in 2023. The D-backs have scored 5.7 runs per game away from home while allowing 4.9 runs.
Milwaukee has gone 21-17 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 4.3 runs per game while surrendering 4.2. Milwaukee is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings at American Family Field with an average scoreline of 3.9-3.3.
The Diamondbacks lead the NL West by three games over the Giants. The Brewers are second in the NL Central, zero games behind the Reds.
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Arizona D-Backs (+105)
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