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Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers @ Arizona Diamondbacks

It’s hard to keep treading water when you’re in a desert.

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As the Brewers continue to tread water -- it feels like the "Last 10" column in the standings has been 5-5 forever -- the team heads back out west on another road trip. They start with three games against a team we just saw not too long ago, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Not much has changed in the desert over the past few series. Arizona is in second place in the west, despite a 37-25 record that would have them in first place in the NL Central by 4 games. Their 300 runs scored ranks 5th in the majors and their 3.60 team ERA ranks 3rd, and Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb are still terrifying.

Previous Series

The Diamondbacks took the first two games of a four-game series in Miller Park just two weeks ago, with the the Brewers' loss in the second game coming after a -- shocker -- bullpen collapse in the 9th and 10th innings. They bounced back in the last two games of the series, though, forcing a split (although the bullpen made things a little too interesting in the series finale, too).

Probable Pitchers

Friday, 8:40 p.m. CDT, FS Wisconsin - Zach Davies vs. Randall Delgado

Delgado only recently slid into the Diamondbacks' rotation, replacing Taijuan Walker, who's been out with blister problems. Over 15 innings in three starts, Delgado has only allowed three earned runs, striking out 15 and only walking 2. That's a vast improvement over his time in the bullpen this year, where he had a 4.05 ERA in 26.2 innings. A former top starting prospect with Atlanta, Delgado has been working almost exclusively as a reliever over the past few years. By making his fourth start of the year against the Brewers, he'll be hitting a mark he hasn't reached since 2014.

Saturday, 9:10 p.m. CDT, FS Wisconsin - Junior Guerra vs. Zack Godley

Godley threw 6 shutout innings against the Brewers on May 26th, temporarily dropping his ERA below 2. That changed in his most recent start against Pittsburgh, when he allowed 3 runs over 6 innings against the Pirates -- actually his worst start of the season. He's been able to keep hitters off balance all season, and the Diamondbacks have made sure to get him out of the game before opposing teams can punish him later in the game. He's yet to throw more than 100 pitches in a game, and has thrown more than 90 pitches just once this year.

Sunday, 3:10 p.m. CDT, FS Wisconsin - Chase Anderson vs. Robbie Ray

Talk about your unexpected ace battles. After throwing 7 shutout innings with 9 strikeouts and 0 walks against the Brewers on May 25th, Ray went out and threw a complete game shutout against Pittsburgh, striking out 10 -- again with no walks. He followed that up with a 6.2 inning, 1 run, 11 strikeout start against the Padres on Tuesday night. His combined totals over his past 4 starts: 30.1 innings, 1 ER, 5 BB, and 36 strikeouts. Ray's 95 strikeouts for the season now rank 6th in all of Major League Baseball, trailing only Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Chris Archer, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference


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