Milwaukee Brewers vs Arizona Diamondbacks Predictions
Key Stat: Eric Lauer (10-5) has been underperforming lately
- The Brewers might be losing their rhythm
- The Diamondbacks are on top of their game right now
- Lauer struggles to find his throws from April and May
The Milwaukee Brewers has had a tough meeting with reality in August when they lost several games in the matter of a couple of weeks. This severely hurt their chances of making the Playoffs as they are now 7th in the National League with a 69-61 record. Their closest rivals for the Postseason are the Padres who have already accumulated 73 wins this season. The Brewers will need to make one last push that needs to be quite different than their performance from Game 1 against the Diamondbacks when they were ousted 5-0. They will rely on Eric Lauer (10-5) who has been playing on a very high level in the beginning of the campaign. However, as it happened to many other pitchers throughout the year, Lauer also lost some of his rhythm heading into the summer suffering losses to the likes of the WAS Nationals and PIT Pirates.
On the other hand, the Diamondbacks have finally picked up some momentum which gave them the upper hand against the CHI White Sox and the PHI Phillies. Zac Gallen is yet another example of a player who can motivate the whole team as he has been playing on a high level all summer long. On Friday, the Diamondbacks will have Zach Davies (2-4) as a starting pitcher. The 29-year-old averages a 3.82 ERA and 1.20 WHIP as he comes off some decent performances against the White Sox and the Giants. We think that this might cause Eric Lauer to have further issues with his throws as the whole squad in Arizona seem to be able to break him apart. That’s why we think the Brewers’ pitcher won’t make the strikeouts line for the night.
Key Stat: Christian Walker has been playing quite well in 2022
- Walker found his rhythm in August
- Eric Lauer might have some troubles at Chase Field
- The Diamondbacks have been merciless lately
The Arizona Diamondbacks will try to make matters worse for the Milwaukee Brewers as they are headed to back-to-back victories in their series. The home side from Phoenix has been playing on a very high rate lately which is further supported by the fact that they have scored 10+ runs three times in their last six appearances. Despite their unpleasant 2-18 loss to the Phillies, the Diamondbacks seem to be unstoppable in certain scenarios and they need to make the best out of the current situation.
Their top offensive player this year, Christian Walker, has found his rhythm in August as he went on a 5-game scoring run halfway through the month and he missed on scoring for his team just four times in his last 16 appearances. Now, he will come up against Eric Lauer (10-5) who is considered to be one of the hidden gems in Milwaukee. He managed to transfer his good throws from his first year as part of the Brewers and he is now certainly one of their top selections for the upcoming season. However, we think that either he or somebody else might crumble against the up-and-coming Christian Walker who seems to be flying quite high right now.
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