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Series preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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The Tribe wraps up their interleague schedule as the Milwaukee Brewers arrive in Cleveland.

The last survivor of the Brewers outfield, Ryan Braun
The last survivor of the Brewers outfield, Ryan Braun
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Another chance to get out of the AL Central cellar and improve whatever infinitesimally small Wild Card chances remain fell by the wayside in Wrigley yesterday. Now the Tribe comes home to open a short five-game homestand, with the Milwaukee Brewers first up on Tuesday and Wednesday. This will conclude the NL Central interleague schedule for 2015; the Indians currently have a 10-8 record.

The Indians and Brewers split the two game set at Miller Park in July. The Brewers scored four in the seventh off Danny Salazar and Zach McAllister to break open a 3-1 game and won 8-1. The next day the Indians broke a fourteen year losing streak (covering nine games), winning 7-5.

  • Tuesday 7:10 PM: Wily Peralta (R) vs. Josh Tomlin (R)
  • Wednesday 7:10 PM: Jimmy Nelson (R) vs. Carlos Carrasco (R)

The Upcoming Schedule: The Tribe will take Thursday off and then the Los Angeles Angels arrive at Progressive for three over the weekend. Then the Indians take to the road for another three city road trip, this time to Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago.

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Team in a Box

Milwaukee Brewers

Offense

NL Rank

Pitching

NL Rank

2015 Record

53-72

Runs/Game

4.0

9th

Runs/Game

4.5

13th

NL Central

4th

OBP

305

12th

H/9

8.9

11th

Last 10

5-5

SLG

392

9th

BB/9

3.0

11th

Last 30

11-19

Steals

61

10th

SO/9

8.0

7th

After the last series between these two, the Brewers went into a tailspin again, losing ten of twelve. They have split the 18 games since that last six game losing streak however. In their past five series they have scored three runs or fewer nine times.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

wRC+

C

Jonathon Lucroy

R

349

241

658

78

1B

Adam Lind

L

449

284

839

125

2B

Scooter Gennett

L

277

261

698

82

3B

Elian Herrera

S

181

235

667

76

SS

Jean Segura

R

444

262

610

62

OF

Khris Davis

R

302

241

806

116

OF

Shane Peterson

L

170

272

682

85

RF

Ryan Braun

R

478

276

837

124

DH

Jason Rogers

R

116

238

672

83

C

Martin Maldanado

R

174

194

536

41

IF

Hernan Perez

R

156

267

661

73

OF

Logan Schafer

L

65

196

542

48

OF

Domingo Santana

R

10

222

967

156

With the terrible start the Brewers got off to this year, they were sellers at the trading deadline. Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra, one third of their lineup was traded away. They haven't had to use a DH since June and the bench options don't look all that hot, so I guessed with the first baseman, Rogers.

Gennett (968 OPS), Braun (964) and Davis (896) have all been hot the past two weeks with Davis smoking five over the fence and Braun with three.

With the Brewers scoring 15 runs in the two games in June, they have plenty of hitters that excelled. The ones who did not were Lucroy (633 OPS), Davis (333) and Braun (200).

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

FIP

IP

WHIP

K/9

Jimmy Nelson

R

3.60

3.98

155.0

1.22

7.7

Matt Garza

R

5.26

4.89

140.1

1.50

6.4

Kyle Lohse

R

6.04

5.08

134.0

1.44

6.4

Taylor Jungmann

R

2.66

2.98

84.2

1.18

8.3

Wily Peralta

R

4.48

4.70

82.1

1.47

5.1

Francisco Rodriguez

R

2.06

2.60

43.2

0.82

10.5

Jeremy Jeffress

R

2.94

3.00

49.0

1.31

9.4

Will Smith

L

2.12

1.92

46.2

1.07

13.1

Corey Knebel

R

3.72

4.20

36.1

1.24

10.4

Tyler Thornburg

R

3.66

4.44

19.2

1.37

9.2

David Goforth

R

5.19

3.24

8.2

1.50

9.3

Cesar Jimenez

L

0.00

0.72

1.2

1.20

10.8

The Brewers lost starter Tyler Cravy to the DL as well as reliever Michael Blazek. Starter Mike Fiers, and relievers Neal Cotts and Jonathan Broxton were both dealt in the past month.

Peralta rejoined the rotation in late July and has been very hittable. He has a 5.40 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 3.8 K/9 in those starts. He has never faced the Indians. Nelson has been much, much better recently, 2.20 ERA in his past five starts, 0.95 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 covering 32.2 innings. He also has never faced the Tribe.

On the Shelf

  • SP Tyler Cravy [15 day DL], no timetable for return
  • RP Michael Blazek [15 day DL], likely out for season

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2015

1

1

500

8

13

291

2009

0

3

000

25

30

417

Last 5*

-

-

-

-

-

-

Last 10*

0

6

000

34

45

375

All-Time

202

206

495

1930

1979

489

Prediction: The Tribe should have the edge in this series, but I think they will split.