Saturday, September 23, 2023
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MLB Preview: Miami Marlins (74-70) at Milwaukee Brewers (80-63)


The Marlins today play the second of a four-game series at Milwaukee, which is the final leg of a 2-city, 7-game road trip. Miami began the road trip with a weekend set at Philadelphia, taking 2 of 3. The Marlins are coming off a three-game homestand vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, which saw the club win 2 of 3. Miami is in the midst of 16 straight games before the club’s next off-day on September 21.

The Marlins visit Milwaukee for their first match-up of the season. Miami took the season series last year, going 4-3 against the Brewers and winning 3 of 4 at American Family Field. The Marlins have won the last three series at Milwaukee, last dropping a series in 2018, when the Brewers swept Miami in a four-game series. Overall, Miami owns a 38-47 record at Milwaukee.

The Marlins enter today 1.5 game behind Arizona for the final NL Wild Card spot. The club entered September with a .500 or better record for the 1st time in a full season since 2016, and 8th time overall in club history. The Marlins have reached 5 games over .500 in September of a full season for the first time since 2009, when they finished the season 12 games over.

Through 10 games of the final month of the season, Miami (7-3) is tied with Arizona for most wins in September in the National League and tied for 2nd in MLB, behind Baltimore (8-2). The Marlins rank 3rd in the NL, and 7th in MLB, with 17 home runs this month.

Miami has won 8 of its last 11 games. The Marlins had a 6-game winning streak snapped on September 7 vs. the Dodgers; the 6-game streak matched its longest winning streak of the season, from June 2-7 (vs. OAK, vs. KC).

Marlins rookie Manager Skip Schumaker has guided the Marlins to a 74-70 record and .514 winning percentage this season. He looks to become the third Marlins manager to secure a winning record in their first full season managing the team, joining Jim Leyland (92-70; 1997) and Jack McKeon (83-79; 2004). Both Leyland and McKeon had previous managing experience prior to becoming the Marlins manager.

The Marlins are 30-12 in games decided by one run – the highest winning pct. in such games this season in MLB (.714) and second most one-run wins, behind Cincinnati (31). Miami played 64 one-run games last year, going 24-40, the most one-run losses in a season since the 1975 Astros (41). Earlier this season, the Fish set an all-time record with the most consecutive wins (12) in games decided by one run to start a season (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau). Surpassed the previous mark of 11-0 set by the 1972 New York Mets.


  • The Marlins are 4-7 in the game following a shutout loss this season, and have won their last 2 such games. Miami ranks 3rd in the NL with a .258 batting average (9th in the Majors) and ranks 3rd in the NL with 1,263 hits. With 54 games of 10+ hits, the Marlins are tied for 3rd in the NL with Philadelphia, behind Atlanta (66), and St. Louis (55). The Marlins pitching staff ranks 2nd in the NL with 1,330 strikeouts (4th in Majors behind MIN, TOR, and ATL). Miami established a club record last year with 1,437 strikeouts. The Marlins have never led the NL in strikeouts in a season.

LHP Jesús Luzardo (9-9, 3.82) and LHP Braxton Garrett (8-6, 3.82) have combined to go 17-15 with a 3.82 ERA (304.0/129), both making a career-high starts and throwing a career-high innings while the club has gone 36-19 in their starts overall. Garrett and Luzardo have held opponents to 1 or 0 earned runs in 14 and 13 of starts this season, respectively. Garrett is tied with three others for the most in MLB, while Luzardo is tied the fifth-most such starts in MLB. The Marlins and Blue Jays are the only teams to feature two starters with at least 13 starts of 1/0 ER.

The Marlins continued their recent power surge with a go-ahead home run on Sunday, and have homered in 9 of their last 11 games. Dating back to August 26, Miami has homered in 12 of its last 15 games, with multiple HR in 6 of the contests. Overall, the Marlins have 23 HR in that span, ranking 5th in the NL and 9th in MLB. Among NL clubs, only Atlanta (37), Philadelphia (33), Los Angeles (27) and San Diego (24) rank ahead of Miami. The Marlins hit a combined 15 home runs during the club’s recent 6-game wining streak (8/31 – 9/6), their most homers in any 6-game span in franchise history.

2B Luis Arraez, who leads MLB with his .349 average, is looking to become the 1st player in MLB history to win batting titles in two different leagues in consecutive years. Overall, only two players have won batting titles in each league – DJ LeMahieu (NL – 2016; AL – 2020) and Ed Delahanty (NL – 1899; AL – 1902). Arraez owns the second-highest average by a Marlin through his first 136 games of a season, trailing Hanley Ramirez (.356 in 2009). Is looking to record the 6th 200-hit season in franchise history (enters today’s game with 187 H).

3B Jake Burger, who Miami acquired at the Aug. 1 trade deadline, is hitting .296 in his first 36 games with the club. Has 9 2B and 6 HR (31 on the year). Burger joins Luis Arraez earlier this year as the first Marlin to hit .300 and post an OPS above .900 over a players first 30 games with the franchise since Dee Strange-Gordon in 2015.

CF Jazz Chisholm Jr. is batting .308 (16×52) with 2 doubles, 4 home runs, and 11 RBI in his last 13 games dating back to Aug. 29. Also owns a .912 OPS in this span. He hit his 15th home run of the season on September 5 vs. the Dodgers, becoming the 6th player in Marlins history to reach the 15 HR and 15 SB plateau in multiple seasons (Had career-high 18 HR in 2021). He joins Cliff Floyd (3x), Derrek Lee (2x), Hanley Ramirez (5x), Gary Sheffield (2x), and Preston Wilson (3x).


  • JT Chargois, 32, will make his third start (38th app.) of the season today. Marks his first career start (fourth app.) against the Milwaukee Brewers. Last faced Milwaukee on Aug. 1, 2018 at Dodger Stadium (w/ Dodgers). Tossed 1.0 scoreless inning, allowing 2 hits and striking out 1. In his most recent outing on Sept. 7 vs. Los Angeles-NL, entered in relief with 2 outs in the 4th inning and 2 runners in scoring position and struck out the only batter he faced. In his most recent start on Sept. 6 vs. Los Angeles-NL, struck out 2 while walking 1 over 1.0 inning. The Marlins have used an opener 3 times in their last 14 games, winning all 3. Are 2-0 in games opened by Chargois in this span, on Aug. 27 at Sept. 6. In 5 career starts has a 4.50 ERA (6.0/3) with 6 strikeouts while holding batters to a .250 AVG (6×24). In 2 starts this season has a 0.00 ERA (2.0/0) with 3 strikeouts while holding batters to a .143 AVG (1×7). In 35 relief appearances this season, has a 3.86 ERA (32.2/14) with 26 strikeouts while holding batters to a .233 AVG (27×116). Recorded his first career save on May 28 at Los Angeles-AL. Pitched 1.0 inning, and
    allowed 2 hits. In 20 appearances (2 GS) at loanDepot park this season, owns a 2.29 ERA (19.2/5) with 21 strikeouts. In 17 appearances away, is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (15.0/9) and 8 strikeouts. RHB vs. Chargois in 2023: .213 AVG (17×80), .278 OBP, .578 OPS. LHB vs. Chargois: .256 AVG (11×43), .347 OBP, .812 OPS.


SUMMARY: Are 88-80 all-time,
including 1-0 this season…..went 3-4 last season.

at MIL: Are 47-38 all-time, going 41-35 at American Family Field and 6-3 at County Stadium…..are 1-0 this season…..went 1-3 last season.

at MIA: Are 41-42 all-time, going 17-12 at loanDepot park and 24-30 at Dolphin Stadium…..went 2-1 last season and are 8-2 over their last 10 games in Miami.

The Hunt for October
The Brewers are looking to qualify for the postseason for the fifth time in the last six seasons…..the team made the postseason in a franchise-record four consecutive years from 2018-21 and missed the postseason by just a single game in both 2017 and 2022.

Climbing the Charts
The Brewers (80-63) are looking to improve to a season-high 18 games over .500 today…..the team has not been 18 games over .500 since it finished the 2021 season at 95-67.

Home Cooking
The Brewers are 9-1 over their last 10 home games and are now 41-28 at home this season, the fourth-best record in the National League.

Hit Me
The Brewers collected a season-high 17 hits in their win last night… was their most hits in a game since they also had 17 in an 18-4 victory vs. Cincinnati on May 4 last season.

Beer-Battered Fish
The Brewers’ 12-0 win last night was their largest margin of victory ever against the Marlins…..the previous high was 9 runs (4x).

You Complete Me
Brandon Woodruff last night threw the first complete game by a Brewer since Adrian Houser on 9/4/21 vs. St. Louis, also a shutout…..the team played 329 games between complete games…..last night marked the first 9-inning complete game for Woodruff and his first career shutout.

1-2 Punch
The duo of Corbin Burnes (8ip) and Brandon Woodruff (9ip) are the first Brewers pitchers since CC Sabathia (9ip) and Ben Sheets (9ip) to have consecutive scoreless starts of at least 8.0 innings pitched…..Sabathia and Sheets did it from 8/8-8/9, 2008.

Freddy, Set, Go!
Freddy Peralta is 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA over his last 8 starts (47.1ip, 11er) while holding opponents to a .162 AVG (27-for-167) and 0.80 WHIP with 11 walks and 73 strikeouts.

Freddy K-rueger
Freddy Peralta has 191 strikeouts on the season…..his career high for strikeouts in a season is 195 in 2021.

Don’t Mess With Bill
William Contreras has reached base safely in 20 straight games, batting .341 (28-for-82) with 3 HR and 15 RBI and .438 OBP/.524 SLG/.962 OPS.

THIS EVENING’S GAME: Is game 2 (1-0) of a 7-game homestand against Miami (1-0) and Washington (3g)…..following this homestand, the team takes its final road trip f the season, covering 7 games against St. Louis (4g) and Miami (3g)…..the Brewers return to American Family Field on September 26 to end the regular season with a 6-game homestand against St. Louis (3g) and Chicago-NL (3g).

IN THE TRAINER’S ROOM: LHP Aaron Ashby (left labrum), RHP Adrian Houser (right elbow), RHP J.C. Mejía (right shoulder), OF Garrett Mitchell (left shoulder), OF Blake Perkins (left oblique), 1B Darin Ruf (right knee), RHP Julio Teheran (right hip), LHP Justin Wilson (left lat) and OF Jesse Winker (back/right quad) are on the injured list….. Ashby, Mejía, Mitchell, Ruf and Wilson are on the 60-day IL.

IN THE STANDINGS (166 days): The Brewers have spent the following number of days alone or tied at each position in the NL Central standings: FIRST: 113, SECOND: 51,
THIRD: 2, FOURTH: 0, FIFTH: 0…..the team is currently in first place, leading the second-place Cubs by 3.0 games.

SERIES-LY SPEAKING: The Brewers are 25-19-2 in series play.
Game 1: 26-21, Game 2: 27-19, Game 3: 23-21, Game 4: 4-2
Sweep Wins (9): vs. NYM (3g, 4/3-4/5), at SEA (3g, 4/17-4/19), vs. KC (3g, 5/12-5/14),
vs. PIT (3g, 6/16-6/18), at CIN (3g, 7/14-7/16), at CWS (3g, 8/11-8/13),
at TEX (3g, 8/18-8/20), vs. MIN (2g, 8/22-8/23), vs. SD (3g, 8/25-8/27)
Sweep Losses (5): at COL (3g, 5/2-5/4), vs. OAK (3g, 6/9-6/11), at MIN (2g, 6/13-6/14),
at ATL (3g, 7/28-7/30), at LAD (3g, 8/15-8/17)

AT HOME: The Brewers are 41-28 at home, going 13-7-2 in series play…..the team is 9-1 over its last 10 home games…..from 8/9-9/2 had a season-high 8-game winning streak…..went 46-35 at home last season, going 15-8-4 in series play.

ON THE ROAD: The Brewers are 39-35 on the road, going 12-12-0 in series play…..went 40-41 on the road last season, going 9-12-5 in series play.

LET’S GO TO THE VIDEO TAPE: The Brewers have made 29 replay challenges this season, going 13-16…..their last challenge (won) came on 9/5 at Pittsburgh as a safe
call at second base involving Ji Hwan Bae was overturned (caught stealing)

TONIGHT’S STARTER: #51 – RHP FREDDY PERALTA (27gs, 11-8, 3.89)
PERALTA AT A GLANCE: Freddy Peralta, 27, will be making his 28th start of the season…..Peralta last started last Wednesday at Pittsburgh and had no decision in the Brewers’ 5-4 loss (5.1ip, 4h, 3r, 3er, 1bb, 4k, 1hr, 93 pitches)…..he is 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA in his last 8 starts (47.1ip, 11er)…..the team is 16-11 in his starts…..he has produced 14 quality starts…..opponents are batting .208 (116-for-557, 22hr)…..he was named NL Pitcher of the Month for August (5gs, 5-0, 2.10era)…..Peralta was acquired from Seattle, along with RHP Carlos Herrera and RHP Daniel Missaki, in exchange for 1B Adam Lind on 12/9/15…..on 2/28/20, he signed a 5-year contract through the 2024 season with club options for 2025 and 2026.

LAST SEASON: Peralta went 4-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 games/17 starts…..he held opponents to a .190 batting average with 86 strikeouts in 78.0 innings…..the team went 8-9 in his starts…..he produced 4 quality starts…..he was on the injured list twice last season: 5/23-8/2 (right posterior shoulder strain) and 9/9-9/24 (right shoulder inflammation).

CAREER: Is 41-25 with a 3.84 ERA in 143 games/94 starts (565.1ip, 241er)… in his sixth Major League season, all with the Brewers (2018-23)… 33-23 with a 3.83 ERA as a starter (481.1ip, 205er) and 8-2 with a 3.86 ERA in relief (84ip, 36er)…..was an All-Star in 2021.

CAREER AT AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD: Is 24-14 with a 3.41 ERA in 77 games/49 starts (306.1ip, 116er)… 6-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 15 starts this season (82.2ip, 33er).

CAREER ON THE ROAD: Is 17-11 with a 4.34 ERA in 66 games/45 starts (259ip, 125er)… 5-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 12 starts this season (67.2ip, 32er).

CAREER vs. MARLINS: Is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in 6 games/3 starts (18ip, 10er), including 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in 2 games/1 start last season (5.2ip, 4er).

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