The Brewers won the first two games of this four game series. Now, they're hoping to take the third.
To counter them, Florida will be sending Anibal Sanchez (5-1, 2.57) to the mound. Sanchez has been having an excellent year, compiling a 3.00 FIP and 3.08 xFIP. His peripherals are also outstanding as he's striking out over nine hitters per nine innings and has a 2.81 BB/9. His HR/9 is a nice, low 0.73. In his last five starts, he's averaging 7.8 innings thrown. His last outing was against the NL West leading Diamondbacks. Sanchez gave up two runs in eight innings while striking out eight.
According to Texas Leaguers, Sanchez throws six different pitches: A low 90s four seamer, a low 90s cutter, a low 90s sinker, a mid 80s slider, a low to mid 80s change, and a mid 70s curveball. Fangraphs has his slider, changeup and curve at above average value for his career and his changeup, curve and fastball at above average value this year.
Three Brewers have faced Sanchez at least ten times. Prince Fielder has struggled in 14 PA, hitting .067/.067/.067. Nyjer Morgan has hit .300/.417/.300 in 12 PA. And Corey Hart has hit .400/.400/.800 in 10 PA.
Chris Narveson has struggled in his last two starts, giving up eleven runs in a combined 7.1 innings after starting the year with a 3.44 ERA up to that point. Hopefully he can turn it back around, otherwise this pitching matchup certainly does not favor Milwaukee. He's faced a bunch of Marlins three times and Gaby Sanchez six times. Sanchez has yet to get on base against him.
And in the bullpen:
John Axford pitched one innings (28 pitches) Friday and one inning (15 pitches) yesterday.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched 0.2 innings (11 pitches) yesterday.
Zach Braddock pitched 0.1 innings (3 pitches) yesterday.
Kameron Loe pitched one inning (20 pitches) yesterday.
Marco Estrada hasn't pitched since Tuesday