Milwaukee Brewers Series Preview: Miami Marlins
Fresh off of a series sweep against one of the worst teams in baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers will face another cellar-dweller in the Miami Marlins. Though it is August 17th, this three game swing will be the first time that these two foes have faced all year long. Last time they faced each other, Giancarlo Stanton was struck in the face in Milwaukee. Back on the disabled list, Stanton will not take part in this series either. With the team’s squaring off for the first time here are some things to watch in the upcoming series.
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Matt Garza‘s Resurgence?
Matt Garza has been excellent since his return from the disabled list. In August he has an ERA of 2.70 as he looks more and more like the pitcher he was expected to be when he first signed his contract. He will get the ball in game one looking to keep his recent string of strong outings going.
Ichiro Passes Ty Cobb
Ichiro Suzuki is only a part time player now, but he is one of the greatest hitters to ever play the game. On Saturday, he was able to pass Ty Cobb in all-time hits and if he continues to play into next season he should be able to reach his 3,000th hit in America.
Casey McGehee Returns Again
Casey McGehee had some of his greatest years as a professional in Milwaukee and he will return again Monday. After an impressive year last season with the Marlins, McGehee has struggled in 2015. He began the season in San Francisco where he struggled greatly before returning to Miami. Currently he is batting just .194 in his 29 games with the Marlins this year.
Ryan Braun‘s Swing at the Record Books
On Sunday Ryan Braun took a swing at the Brewers’ record book by hitting his 251st home run to tie a franchise record. With three games left for before the next road trip, expect Braun to go yard in one of these games. He has already hit a big home run against the Marlins, as he hit a big game winning home run to clinch the division in 2011.
Francisco Rodriguez‘s Climbing the Leader Board
K-Rod was able to secure three saves on the weekend including a cheap save on Sunday afternoon. Though there were many doubters when he signed (including myself) he has been perfect all year long. With one more save, he passes Joe Nathan for seventh on the all-time save list.