The New York Mets try to avoid a fourth straight loss when they take on the Milwaukee Brewers in the second of a three-game series on Saturday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm ET at American Family Field in Milwaukee.
New York dropped the series opener on Friday night, 5-1, to fall to 73-80. The Mets are in third place in the NL East, trailing the second-place Philadelphia Phillies by 6½ games and the first-place Atlanta Braves by eight games.
The Brewers snapped a five-game losing streak with Friday’s win, cutting their magic number to win the NL Central to two. Milwaukee is 92-62 and leads the second-place St. Louis Cardinals by seven games.
The Mets have lost 11 of 14 overall as well as 12 of their last 13 against the Brewers in Milwaukee. The offense managed a run in the first inning on Friday night but couldn’t get any more runs across in the frame despite loading the bases with two outs.
Brandon Nimmo led off the game with a triple and scored on a groundout. The outfielder is batting .306 this month with a double, two triples, a home run, two RBIs, and eight runs scored.
Veteran left-hander Rich Hill will be on the mound. Hill is 6-7 with a 3.87 ERA, splitting time between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Mets. In 10 starts and 11 total appearances with New York, Hill is 0-3 with a 3.88 ERA.
Hill is 0-1 with a 2.49 ERA in four starts in September. His last outing was against Philadelphia on Sunday, as he went 4⅔ innings and allowed two runs on six hits, taking a no-decision in a 3-2 New York victory.
The Brewers struggled to put runs on the board in getting swept in a four-game series by the Cardinals earlier this week, but that changed on Friday night. Milwaukee had three home runs in the win, including one by Christian Yelich.
“When you hit multiple homers in a game, you kind of like your chances,” Yelich said after Friday’s win. “We were raking for a few months, then we had a tough week, which happens. We definitely haven’t played as well as we would have liked, but every team in baseball goes through those little rough patches.”
Kolten Wong led off the bottom of the first with a home run, his seventh leadoff homer. Wong had gone 2-for-15 with one walk in the four games against the Cardinals, but he was 1-for-2 with two walks on Friday night, setting the table for the Brewers’ offense.
Right-hander Corbin Burnes will make the start. Burnes is 10-4 with a 2.34 ERA, tying for fifth with 221 strikeouts.
Burnes hasn’t taken a loss since May 25, going 8-0 over his last 18 starts. Burnes took a no-decision in his only start against the Mets this season on July 7, going 5⅔ innings and allowing one run on six hits in a 4-3 Brewers loss in eight innings.
Brewers Win Again
Milwaukee is free of facing the Cardinals this weekend — the teams start a three-game series on Tuesday — so this is its best chance to clinch the division before taking on the hottest team in baseball again. New York’s offense has gone flat and won’t have a whole lot against Burnes in this one.
When making your MLB bets, take Milwaukee to win at home.