9:40 pm
September 2

Brewers @ Diamondbacks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Milwaukee Brewers (69-61)

@ Arizona Diamondbacks (62-68)


Starting Pitchers:

Lauer (MIL): 10-5; 3.58 ERA

Davies (ARI) 2-4; 3.82 ERA


Current odds:

Milwaukee Brewers: (-114)

Arizona Diamondbacks: (-105)


• The starting line-up for the Brewers is as follows:

• The starting line-up for the Diamondbacks is as follows:


• The Milwaukee Brewers can’t afford too many listless efforts as they try to make up ground in the National League wild-card race. The Brewers will attempt to bounce back from a shaky performance when they battle the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night in the second contest of a four-game set in Phoenix. Arizona won the opener 5-0 on Thursday, its seventh victory in the past nine games.

• Milwaukee had just four hits — all singles — while falling three games behind the San Diego Padres in the race for the National League’s third and final wild-card spot. The Brewers are 6 1/2 games behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

• Time is winding down on Milwaukee, which went just 12-15 last month and opened September with a whimper.

• Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are playing solid baseball and are 22-16 since the All-Star break. The team that went 52-110 last season stands just six games below .500 with 32 games left.

• Arizona thrived on timely hitting in the opener as all five runs scored with two outs. Christian Walker hit a two-run homer in the first, Geraldo Perdomo had a run-scoring single in the second and Josh Rojas slugged a two-run double high off the center field wall in the sixth.

• Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich departed the Thursday game after 3 1/2 innings due to neck discomfort. He will likely miss Friday’s contest.

• Davies, who pitched for Milwaukee from 2015-19, is 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA in two previous starts against the Brewers. Both outings came last season when Davies was a member of the Chicago Cubs. Davies, 29, has received no-decisions in seven straight starts and is 0-3 over his past 14 outings. He allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Andrew McCutchen is 6-for-16 (.375) with a homer against Davies.

• Lauer has won back-to-back starts and four of his past six outings. The 27-year-beat the Cubs on Sunday when he gave up four runs and six hits over five innings. The four runs are the most he has allowed during the six-start stretch. Lauer is 2-3 with a 2.77 ERA in seven career starts against Arizona — all of them coming when he was a member of the San Diego Padres from 2018-19. Ketel Marte is 7-for-14 with two homers against Lauer.

StreakSmarter Pick
Milwaukee Brewers