After a day off to begin the week, the Milwaukee Brewers will start a six game homestand battling the second place, New York Mets. Last time they headed to New York, the Brewers started the series out with a bang and then fell during the final two games of the series. Last time they battled the Mets were riding high and in first place, but they have lost five straight to move them back into second place. While their isn’t much left to play for in Milwaukee, here is what to watch for heading into the series.
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Battle of Weak Offenses
All season one of the biggest struggles for the Brewers has been their ability to produce at the plate. The team that faltered as 2014 drew to a close has struggled again to score runs again as they are currently 14th in the National League in runs.
While the Brewers have struggled, the Mets have been just as pathetic at the plate. Just like the Brewers, they have found themselves at the bottom of both league batting average and runs scored. With the two teams battling to start the week, runs could be at a premium.
Bartolo Colon: We Meet Again
Last time the Brewers and Mets battled, Colon was 6-1 with an ERA under four. But after being crushed by the Brewers bats things have changed. While he is 9-5 on the year, his ERA now nears five. He has had a decision in each start so far this season and the Brewers will look to hammer him again this time out.
Jacob deGrom Will Look to Quiet Bats Again
When the Brewers faced deGrom earlier this season, their bats were shut down. While they will miss out on facing Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey, they will still face deGrom. He allowed just one run through six innings, while striking out nine. In a match-up against Jimmy Nelson, he will look to keep them quiet yet again.
All Eyes on Rami
The word around New York is that the Mets are no longer interested in acquiring Aramis Ramirez, but with no real answer at third base it wouldn’t be surprising to see them change their stance some time soon. While Ramirez has not played up to his level this year, his veteran presence could be a major addition for a team, especially one lacking thump at third like the Mets.
Taylor Jungmann Starts Again
One of the biggest bright-spots for Brewers’ fans lately has been seeing Taylor Jungmann pitch. In his three outings this season, he has done nothing to disappoint. At 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA, Jungmann will look to solidify himself as a mid-rotation starter for the future.
The series begins at 7:10 CT Tuesday with Mike Fiers 3-7 4.50 vs. Jonathan Niese 3-7 4.21.