The Arizona Diamondbacks try to avoid a three-game losing streak when they face the Milwaukee Brewers in the second of a four-game series on Friday night. The game is set for an 8:10 p.m. ET first pitch at American Family Field in Milwaukee.
The Diamondbacks dropped the series opener on Thursday night, 7-4, their second straight loss. Arizona is 20-38 and in last place in the NL West standings, 3½ games behind the fourth-place Colorado Rockies.
Milwaukee has won six of seven to improve to 30-26. The Brewers enter Friday’s action in third place in the NL Central, a half-game behind the second-place St. Louis Cardinals and four games ahead of the fourth-place Cincinnati Reds.
The MLB odds for this game have the Brewers with a moneyline of -200, while the Diamondbacks are listed at +170. The over/under for the contest is set at eight runs.
The loss on Thursday dropped Arizona to 9-22 away from home this season, compared to its 11-16 record at Chase Field. Arizona hasn’t won on the road since April 25 at Atlanta. The Diamondbacks have nine of their next 12 on the road, so they need to turn that trend around in a hurry.
“It’s frustrating,” Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed said after Thursday’s loss. “It’s the worst stretch of losing I’ve ever been a part of in my whole life.”
On the mound on Friday night for Arizona will be right-hander Matt Peacock, making his fourth start and 12th appearance in his initial major league campaign. Peacock is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA, striking out 21 and walking three in 28 innings of work.
Peacock picked up the win in his last start, on Sunday against the Cardinals, going six innings and allowing two runs on six hits, including a home run. He didn’t walk a batter for the fifth straight appearance, a span of 19⅓ innings.
First baseman Pavin Smith went 1-for-2 on Thursday night to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Smith is batting .292 with five home runs and 21 RBI and has scored a team-high 33 times.
Third baseman Eduardo Escobar paces the Diamondbacks with 13 home runs and 39 RBI. He went 2-for-3 with two walks in the series opener to improve his batting average to .244.
The Brewers hit four home runs in Thursday’s win, including one by former NL MVP Christian Yelich, just his second of the season. Yelich has been limited to 24 games due to back troubles, but Milwaukee is hoping Thursday’s blast is a sign of things to come.
Avisail Garcia also hit a home run on Thursday, as he leads the team with 11 this season, along with a team-best 32 RBI. Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his fifth home run in the game and is another player the Brewers are hoping for more from as the season goes on.
Right-hander Freddy Peralta will make the start on Friday, bringing a 5-1 record and 2.38 ERA to the mound. Peralta has started 10 games and appeared in 11 overall, striking out 83 (tied for eighth in baseball) and walking 24 in 56⅔ innings.
Peralta picked up the win in his last start Saturday against Washington. He went seven innings and allowed one run on four hits, one a home run, while striking out seven and walking one.
Brewers Win Again
Milwaukee may be seeing a spike in its offensive production, with a shot at moving up in the NL Central a major motivation. Peralta has been brilliant this season, and he should have no trouble shutting down the Arizona lineup.
The Diamondbacks’ road woes will continue in this one. When doing your MLB betting, take Milwaukee to get the win at home.
Pick: Milwaukee Brewers -200