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MLB Preview: Miami Marlins (75-71) at Milwaukee Brewers (81-64)

MIAMI MARLINS NOTES:

MARLINS MINUTE
The Marlins today play the finale 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. Tomorrow, will begin their final homestand of the year, hosting the Braves from Sept. 15-17 and the Mets from Sept. 18-20 before wrapping up their regular season home schedule against Milwaukee from Sept. 22-24. Miami is in the midst of 16 straight games before the club’s next off-day on September 21.

BRAX ATTACKS
With another scoreless outing yesterday, LHP Braxton Garrett has held opponents to 1 ER or less in 15 starts this season, the second-most by a left-handed starter in club history, trailing only Dontrelle Willis who recorded 18 such starts in 2005. Garrett is tied with SD’s Blake Snell for the most such starts in MLB, while teammate LHP Jesus Luzardo is tied for the fifth-most such starts in MLB with 13. Dating back to July 28, Garrett has gone 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA (49.2 ip/13 er) over his last 9 starts. He has held opponents to 3 runs or less in each outing, and has gone 6.0 innings in 6 of the 9 outings.

TWO GOOD
Miami last night recorded its ninth win of the season when scoring 2 or fewer runs, tied for the second-most such victories in MLB. Baltimore has 10 such wins to lead MLB, while the A’s and Mets are tied with the Marlins.

ON TAP
The Marlins are in Milwaukee this week 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 had 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 39-48 record at Milwaukee.

UP NEXT
The Marlins wrap up their season series against the Braves with a three-game weekend set at loanDepot park. Miami is currently 1-9 vs. Atlanta, suffering a four-game sweep to the Braves in their first matchup at loanDepot park. Since the ballpark opened in 2012, the Marlins are 32-67 vs. the Braves at home.

SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER
The Marlins enter today 0.5 game behind Arizona and Cincinnati 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.

FIGHTING FISH
Through 12 games of the final month of the season, Miami (8-4) is tied with the Braves, Orioles, Rays and Yankees for the most wins in September in MLB. The Marlins rank 6th in the NL with 18 home runs this month.

SKIP AHEAD
Marlins rookie Manager Skip Schumaker has guided the Marlins to a 75-71 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.

BABY GOAT
On August 26 vs. Washington, Marlins rookie Eury Perez became the youngest pitcher to make 4 starts of 6.0+ innings pitched, 0 ER, and 3 hits or fewer since earned runs became official, passing Rube Bressler (3 such starts, 1914) and Charles Bender (3 such starts, 1904). Among MLB rookie pitchers with at least 15 starts, Perez leads with a 2.90 ERA (83.2 ip/27 er) and 1.10 WHIP.

CLOSE CALLS
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 (33). Miami has a 44-27 record in games decided by two runs or fewer, with the .620 winning pct. being the highest in the NL and second in MLB behind Baltimore (.677). 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.

FISH BYTES

  • Miami ranks 4th in the NL with a .257 batting average and ranks 3rd in the NL with 1,273 hits. With 54 games of 10+ hits, the Marlins rank 4th in the NL behind Atlanta (69), and St. Louis (56), and Philadelphia (55). The Marlins pitching staff ranks 2nd in the NL with 1,349 strikeouts (tied for 4th in Majors). Miami established a club record last year with 1,437 strikeouts. The Marlins have never led the NL in strikeouts in a season.

SOUTH BEACH TANNER
LHP Tanner Scott has recorded his 28th multi-strikeout game in relief, ranking 2nd among NL relievers and are the 6th-most such outings in MLB. His 93 strikeouts, which lead all NL relievers and rank 4th in in MLB, are a career-high (previous, 90 strikeouts in 2022), rank as the 2nd-most strikeouts by a reliever in club history. Only Kyle Barraclough (113, 2016) has struck out more batters in relief. Scott ranks 1st in strikeouts by a Marlins left-handed reliever and is on pace to become the first lefty reliever in franchise history to finish the season with an ERA below 2.50 (min. 60.0 IP).

TODAY’S STARTER – #39 EURY PEREZ

  • Eury Rafael Perez, 20, will make his 18th career start today. Marks his first career start against the Milwaukee Brewers. In his most recent start on Sept. 8 at Philadelphia, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (1 home run) and 3 walks with 4 strikeouts over 5.0 innings. In 6 starts since being recalled from Double-A Pensacola, has gone 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA (30.1/13) holding opponents to a .205 AVG (23×112). His 2.90 ERA (83.2/27) is the lowest among all rookie starters in MLB with at least 15 GS. Has struck out 99 batters through his first 17 MLB starts; the third-most by a Marlins rookie through the same amount of starts behind Chuck Smith (102) and Trevor Rogers (109). On Aug. 26 vs. Washington, became the youngest pitcher to make 4 separate starts of 6.0+ innings pitched, 0 ER, and 3 hits or fewer since earned runs became official, passing Rube Bressler (3 such starts, 1914) and Charles Bender (3 such starts, 1904). With his career-high 10 strikeouts on Aug. 19 at Los Angeles-NL (G1 of DH), became the youngest pitcher (20-162) to record double-digit strikeouts in a game since Seattle’s Felix Hernandez (19-129) struck out 11 on Aug. 15, 2005 vs. Kansas City. Earned his first MLB win on May 18 vs. Washington, becoming the youngest pitcher in Club history to earn a win (20 years, 33 days). Threw 5.0 innings, struck out 6, and allowed only 3 hits and 1 run. Made his Major League debut on May 12 vs. Cincinnati and became the youngest pitcher in Marlins history and youngest Dominican-born starting pitcher (20 yrs, 27 days). Pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS NOTES:

BREWERS vs. MARLINS
SUMMARY: Are 89-81 all-time, including 2-1 this season…..went 3-4 last season.

at MIL: Are 48-39 all-time, going 42-36 at American Family Field and 6-3 at County Stadium…..are 2-1 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.

Do You Believe in Magic?
The Brewers’ magic number to clinch the NL Central is 13…..any combination of Brewers wins and Cubs losses totaling 13 clinches the division….. the team’s magic number to clinch a postseason berth is 12…..a combo of Brewers wins and D-backs losses totaling 12 earns a postseason spot.

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.

Home Cooking
The Brewers are 10-2 over their last 12 home games and are 42-29 (.592) at home this season, the third-best record in the National League behind the Braves (47-25, .653) and Dodgers (48-26, .649)…..the team has not lost consecutive games at home since 7/4-7/5 against the Cubs.

The Donald
Josh Donaldson, who was signed by the Brewers on August 31, has reached base safely in 7 of his 13 plate appearances with the team, batting .333 (3-for-9, 1hr, 2rbi) with 4 walks in his first 3 games.

In Sterio (Where Available)
Andruw Monasterio is batting .333 (20-for-60) with 8 RBI in his last 17 games…..Monasterio has a .388 on-base percentage in this stretch.

THIS AFTERNOON’S GAME: Is game 4 (2-1) of a 7-game homestand against Miami (2-1) and Washington (3g)…..following this homestand, the team takes its final road trip of 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 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 (168 days): The Brewers have spent the following number of days alone or tied at each position in the NL Central standings: FIRST: 115, SECOND: 51,
THIRD: 2, FOURTH: 0, FIFTH: 0…..the team is currently in first place, leading the second-place Cubs by 4.0 games.

SERIES-LY SPEAKING: The Brewers are 25-19-2 in series play. Game 1: 26-21, Game 2: 28-19, Game 3: 23-22, 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 42-29 at home, going 13-7-2 in series play…..the team is 10-2 over its last 12 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: #37 – RHP ADRIAN HOUSER (19g, 17gs, 5-4, 4.58)
HOUSER AT A GLANCE: Adrian Houser, 30, will be making his 20th appearance and 18th start of the season…..Houser last started on 8/27 vs. San Diego and received no
decision in the Brewers’ 10-6 win (2ip, 4h, 4r, 4er, 1bb, 2k, 2hr, 43 pitches)…..he left the game with right forearm tightness and was placed on the 15-day injured list the next day right elbow effusion…..the team is 11-6 in his starts…..he has 5 quality starts…..opponents are batting .288 (106-for-368, 12hr)…..Houser began the season on the 15-day injured list with a right groin strain…..he was sent to Triple-A Nashville on rehab assignment on April 14, where he made 4 starts, and reinstated on May 7…..he was acquired from Houston, along with LHP Josh Hader, OF Brett Phillips and OF Domingo Santana, in exchange for OF Carlos Gómez, RHP Mike Fiers and International Signing Bonus Slot #76 on 7/30/15.

LAST SEASON: Houser went 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA in 22 games/21 starts last season…..the team went 9-12 in his starts…..he made 6 quality starts…..opponents batted .258….. he posted a 2.98 ERA over his first 8 starts of the season (42.1ip, 14er) and a 6.17 ERA over his last 13 starts (58.1ip, 40er)…..he was on the 15-day injured list from 7/1-8/23 with a right flexor strain and from 9/28 through the remainder of the season with a right groin strain.

CAREER: Is 28-33 with a 4.08 ERA in 125 games/93 starts (518.1ip, 235er)…..is in his seventh Major League season, all with the Brewers (2015, 2018-23)…..has gone 23-33 with a 4.39 ERA as a starter (457ip, 223er) and 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA in relief (61.1ip, 12er)…..underwent “Tommy John” surgery on his right elbow on 7/21/16.

CAREER AT AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD: Is 10-15 with a 3.69 ERA in 63 games/45 starts (254ip, 104er)…..is 2-1 with a 4.79 ERA in 9 games/8 starts this season (41.1ip, 22er).

CAREER ON THE ROAD: Is 18-18 with a 4.46 ERA in 62 games/48 starts (264.1ip, 131er)…..is 3-3 with a 4.41 ERA in 10 games/9 starts this season (49ip, 24er).

CAREER vs. MARLINS: Is 2-0 with a 3.07 ERA in 3 games/2 starts (14.2ip, 11h, 6r, 5er, 2bb, 24k, 2hr).

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