Alex Cobb, one of this season’s stingiest pitchers, leads the San Francisco Giants (27-25) into American Family Field on Sunday as they match up against the Milwaukee Brewers (27-25) with the visitors looking for a sweep of the four-game series.
The Giants lead the series 3-0 after winning 3-1 on Saturday, their fifth head-to-head victory in six games this season. Starter Logan Webb went seven innings for the win, giving up one run on four hits and striking out 11, and Camilo Doval earned his 14th save with a scoreless ninth. Mitch Haniger was 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in the win. Brice Turang went 1 for 4 with a triple and one run for the Brewers.
ON THE MOUND
Cobb (4-1, 2.17 ERA) is slated for the start for San Francisco. The right-hander ranks second in the NL in ERA. Cobb allowed three runs over seven innings in his last start, a 4-3 home win over the Twins on Tuesday. He earned the win, scattering six hits while striking out eight and walking one.
Cobb has made one previous start against the Brewers this season, a 4-1 home victory on May 6. He allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings, striking out five and walking two. For Milwaukee, righty Colin Rea (1-3, 4.71 ERA) gets the start.
He has made one prior start against the Giants this season, giving up three runs over six innings in a 4-1 road defeat on May 6. He gave up four hits and walked one, while striking out four in the loss.
In his last start on Tuesday, Rea got the win at home against the Astros. He threw 5.1 scoreless innings and gave up four hits, striking out four and walking two in the 6-0 triumph.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, San Francisco has averaged 5.6 runs a game, up from their season average of 4.5, while performing better across the board (.289/.337/.459). Against right-handed pitchers like Rea this season, the Giants have a .761 OPS.
LaMonte Wade Jr. is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a .907 OPS in 118 at-bats. Milwaukee is averaging only 2.4 runs per game in the last five, down from 4.0 for the season, with their slash line dropping across the board (.176/.232/.327).
The Brew Crew have a .723 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .906 OPS over 123 at-bats, Rowdy Tellez has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
San Francisco is 12-14 in away games in 2023, scoring 5.0 runs per game while allowing 4.5 runs. Milwaukee has gone 15-12 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 4.2 runs per game while surrendering 4.3. In the last 10 games between the teams at American Family Field, San Francisco is 7-3 with an average scoreline of 5.3-2.5.
The Giants are third in the NL West, four games behind the division-leading Dodgers. The Brewers lead the NL Central by zero games over the Pirates.
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