Scott Alexander is lined up for his first start of the season as the San Francisco Giants (24-25) face off against the Milwaukee Brewers (27-22) at American Family Field on Thursday for the first of a four-game series.The Giants are in the midst of a seven-game road trip.
They won two out of three in their last series against the Twins, dropping the finale 7-1 on Wednesday at Target Field. Mike Yastrzemski was 1 for 3 with a double and one run. The Brewers are in the midst of a seven-game homestand.
They won two of three against the Astros in their last series, taking the finale 4-0 on Wednesday at American Family Field. Owen Miller went 1 for 3 with a solo home run. Brian Anderson added a solo home run.
The Giants have won two of three in the season series between the teams, although they suffered a 7-3 defeat in their last meeting on May 7 at Oracle Park. Reliever Joel Payamps threw 1.2 scoreless innings to get the win.
ON THE MOUND
Alexander (4-0, 4.42 ERA) is set to start for San Francisco, his first of the season. The LHP threw a scoreless inning in relief in his last appearance, a 4-3 road win over the Twins on Tuesday. He had no strikeouts and no walks.
Alexander is making his first appearance against the Brewers this season. Alexander made one start against the Brewers in 2022, a 2-1 road loss on September 8. He held Milwaukee scoreless over one no-hit inning, striking out one.
AT THE PLATE
The San Francisco offense is averaging 4.3 runs per game for the season, with a slash line of .240/.315/.411. LaMonte Wade Jr. leads the team in OPS at .882.
The left fielder is slashing .258/.420/.462 with seven home runs, 15 RBIs, and 22 runs over 47 games. Over the last five games, however, San Francisco has averaged only 3.2 runs a game while performing worse across the board (.218/.285/.365).
Milwaukee is slashing .239/.313/.391 for the season and averaging 4.2 runs per game. Rowdy Tellez leads the team with ann .887 OPS. The first baseman has 12 home runs, 26 RBIs, and 20 runs scored with a slash line of .255/.348/.539.
The Brew Crew have a .636 OPS against southpaws in 2023, second lowest in MLB. With a .919 OPS over 41 at-bats, Joey Wiemer has been their best hitter against left-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
San Francisco is 9-14 on the road in 2023, scoring 4.6 runs per game while allowing 5.0 runs. Milwaukee has gone 15-9 at American Family Field this season, averaging 4.6 runs per game while surrendering 3.8.
In the last 10 meetings at American Family Field, each club has won five, though San Francisco has the scoring advantage with an average final margin of 4.7-4.1.
The Giants are third in the NL West, six games behind the division-leading Dodgers. The Brewers lead the NL Central by one games over the Pirates.
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