The Milwaukee Brewers have won the first two games of this series with the New York Mets and can clinch the NL Central Division with a win in Sunday’s game or a St. Louis Cardinals loss to the Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee is 93-62 and atop the NL Central standings, leading the second-place Cardinals by seven games.
The New York Mets try to snap a four-game losing streak. The first pitch of the series finale is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET at American Family Field in Milwaukee.
New York scored just one run for the second game in a row on Saturday, falling to 73-81. The Mets have been eliminated from playoffs contention.
The Mets did actually outhit the Brewers on Saturday, 6-4, but could still only manage one run. Three of those hits came from the bat of leadoff hitter Brandon Nimmo, who went 3-for-4, but No. 2 hitter Francisco Lindor went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Nimmo has gone 7-for-17 with a double, a triple and a walk over the team’s current four-game losing streak. Nimmo is batting .350 in September, with a double, two triples, a home run, two RBIs and eight runs scored.
Right-hander Carlos Carrasco will take the mound. Carrasco is 1-3 with a 5.24 ERA, though he’s been much better this month.
Carrasco entered September with an ERA of 6.94 but has gone 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts this month. He’s coming off a loss to the Phillies on Sept. 18 in which he went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits, including two home runs.
Wanting A Win
The Brewers certainly can’t count on the Cardinals losing to give Milwaukee the division crown since St. Louis has won a franchise-record 15 straight, but that’s not the way the team wants it anyway. Milwaukee players want to earn the division crown with a win, not back into it after a loss.
“I think it’s just better for us to go out and get three wins and do it ourselves rather than let the Cardinals fall and giving it to us,” Milwaukee pitcher Corbin Burnes said after Saturday’s win. “I think it’s good for us to go out and play good baseball.”
The Brewers would also like to win it at home, as they spend the rest of the regular season on the road after Sunday’s game. Milwaukee will be in St. Louis for three games starting on Tuesday, then move on to Los Angeles for three against the Dodgers to wrap up the campaign.
Right-hander Freddy Peralta will be on the mound. Peralta is 9-5 with a 2.65 ERA, though he’s lost his last two decisions.
Peralta took a loss in his last outing against St. Louis on Monday, going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits, including a home run. In four September starts, Peralta is 0-2 with a 4.08 ERA.
Third baseman Eduardo Escobar drove in both runs in Saturday’s win. Since coming to the Brewers in a midseason trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Escobar has hit .256 with seven doubles, two triples, six home runs and 20 RBIs.
Brewers Complete Sweep
The Mets just haven’t shown a lot of life at the plate, and they don’t have anything to play for in this one. Meanwhile, Milwaukee wants to clinch a division crown at home and will be motivated to play well in this one.
When doing your MLB betting, take Milwaukee to win at home.