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Milwaukee vs. Miami,
09/09/2019 19:10 EDT,
Score: 8 - 3
Money Line: -194 Milwaukee
6* Milwaukee (7:10 ET): Despite a negative YTD run differential, the Brewers have managed to stay in contention for the postseason. They just took three of four from the Cubs in a key series over the weekend. This next series, though on the road, shapes up to be much easier as it's against Miami. The Marlins have easily been the NL's worst team in 2019 as they have just 51 wins while being outscored by 173 runs. But don't look for the Brew Crew to take them lightly. In the only prior series between the teams this year, Miami took two of three including a 16-0 win. There's too much on the line here for Milwaukee to let that happen again.
Ironically, Miami is off another big shutout victory Sunday as they beat the Royals 9-0. But all that did was allow them to avoid getting swept at home by a weak Interleague opponent. It was just the third win in the last nine games for the Fish, who have not posted B2B victories since late July! They are just 19-31 off a win for the entire season. Robert Duggar gets the start Monday, making just his fourth of his big league career. The 1st, which saw him give up six runs, did not go so well. But the last two has seen him allow just five total (three unearned) in 13 IP. But he's facing a stronger lineup tonight, which likely means trouble.
We thought Jordan Lyles might be a questionable pickup at the trade deadline for Milwaukee, but he's turned into a bit of a revelation. The team has won each of the last four times he's started and Lyles is off a three-start stretch where his ERA and WHIP are 1.53 and 0.849 respectively! He's allowed just two runs in 17 2/3 IP (all at home) and that includes wins over division leaders Houston and St. Louis his last two times out! By comparison, Miami is a much weaker opponent and we don't see the Brew Crew having any difficulty taking this series opener. Milwaukee is 21-9 its L30 games vs. teams w/ a win percentage of .400 or below. 6* Milwaukee