Brewers vs. Diamondbacks: Marco Estrada looks to keep up hot start

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

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Today's Lineups

Gerardo Parra - RF Carlos Gomez - CF
Chris Owings - SS Scooter Gennett - 2B
P. Goldschmidt - 1B Jonathan Lucroy - C
Miguel Montero - C Aramis Ramirez - 3B
Aaron Hill - 2B Lyle Overbay - 1B
Martin Prado - 3B Khris Davis - LF
A.J. Pollock - LF Jean Segura - SS
Ender Inciarte - CF Logan Schafer - RF
Josh Collmenter - RHP Marco Estrada - RHP

Most of the Brewers' lineup is as usual for Tuesday night's game against the Diamondbacks. The only difference, and it's not so much of a difference as a slight adjustment that obviously happens every now and then as is befitting a platoon, even one not so strict such as that which the Brewers are employing, is Lyle Overbay at first base.

Overbay had a real hot streak going in the end of April with an eight-game hit streak over which he hit .536/.571/.684. Don't let that fool you! He's still not a good hitter, as evidenced by a 1-16 streak since then. He's now got a .661 OPS on the season, though most of that comes from basically no power. A .333 OBP isn't so terrible, I begrudgingly admit.

Still, the Aramis Ramirez-Lyle Overbay-Khris Davis 4-5-6 combination is not going to be the most feared combination in baseball. Not when Overbay is hitting as said above, Davis has a .535 OPS since April 27 and Ramirez has two hits since April 22.

So, anyway, Marco Estrada probably has his work cut out for him, though it's not exactly like the Diamondbacks are a bunch of Miguel Cabrera's, either. Estrada has been pretty great this year, with a 3.13 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. His strikeout and walk numbers are still as sterling as ever. Those blasted home runs (league leader at seven allowed) remain an issue, but, eh, he's managed pretty well despite them. His only non-quality start of the season was his first one, when he allowed a run over 5.2 innings. Without the homers, Estrada would be one of the best in the league right now. With them, he's still pretty good.

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