Adrian Houser is lined up for his first start of the season as the Milwaukee Brewers (18-15) take on the San Francisco Giants (15-17) at Oracle Park on Sunday with the home team eyeing a sweep of the three-game series.
The Giants lead the series 2-0 after winning 4-1 on Saturday. Starter Alex Cobb threw seven scoreless innings to get the win, and Camilo Doval threw 0.2 scoreless innings to pick up his seventh save. Brett Wisely went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in the win. Owen Miller was 1 for 4 with one RBI for the Brewers.
ON THE MOUND
Houser is set to take the mound for Milwaukee, his season debut. Last season, the RHP made 21 starts and went 6-10 with a 4.62 ERA. He had 69 strikeouts and 47 walks over 102.2 innings. For San Francisco, righty Ross Stripling (0-1, 6.10 ERA) will toe the rubber.
It’s his first appearance of the season against the Brewers. In his last start on Monday, Stripling took a no-decision on the road against the Astros. He threw five innings and gave up two runs on five hits, striking out five, in the 7-3 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Milwaukee has averaged only 2.8 runs a game, down from their season average of 4.3, while slashing worse across the board (.238/.298/.341). Against righties like Stripling this season, the Brew Crew have a .733 OPS.
Rowdy Tellez is the team’s best performer against right-handers with a .929 OPS in 81 at-bats. San Francisco is averaging only 3.8 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 4.5 for the season.
The Giants have a .796 OPS against right-handers in 2023, fourth highest in MLB. With a .447 OBP over 68 at-bats, LaMonte Wade Jr. has their highest on-base percentage against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Milwaukee is on a five-game losing streak away from American Family Field, bringing their record to 9-9 in 2023. The Brew Crew have scored 4.1 runs per game away from home, while allowing 4.2 runs.
San Francisco has gone 9-7 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 3.9 runs per game while surrendering 4.4. In the last 10 meetings at Oracle Park, San Francisco is 6-4 with an average scoreline of 4.1-3.4.
The Brewers are second in the NL Central, one games behind the division-leading Pirates. The Giants are fourth in the NL West, four games behind the Dodgers.
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