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Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers @ Philadelphia Phillies

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Well, at least they’re out of Pittsburgh.

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Well, at least the Brewers are out of Pittsburgh.

The team leaves the House of Horrors known as PNC Park on a five-game skid, and will continue their seemingly month-long road trip this weekend in Philadelphia.

The Brewers and Phillies just faced off, so we won't dive too deep into reminding you that the Brewers took 2 of 3 from them out of the All-Star break. A trip to the cozy Citizens Bank Park might also be what the Milwaukee offense needs to break out of its run-scoring slump.

Probable Pitchers

Friday, 6:05 p.m. CDT, FS Wisconsin - Matt Garza vs. Aaron Nola

The de facto ace of the Philly staff, the 24-year-old Nola will be facing the Brewers in back-to-back starts. He struck out 7 and allowed just 2 runs over 6 innings last Saturday, a game which the Brewers eventually won 3-2 but Nola didn't factor into the decision. That outing dropped his ERA to 3.54 on the season and 1.78 in his past 5 starts, in which he's struck out 41 in 35.1 innings.

Saturday, 6:05 p.m. CDT, FS Wisconsin - Brent Suter vs. Jeremy Hellickson

Hellickson held the Brewers to 2 runs over 5 innings in his last start, striking out 6 and walking just one to drop his season ERA to 4.44. He's another Phillies starter that has been pitching well lately (and not just against the Brewers), with a 3.26 ERA in his last five starts. That's likely been a little flukey, though, with a low BABIP of .241.

Sunday, 12:35 p.m. CDT, FS Wisconsin - Junior Guerra vs. Jerad Eickhoff

Part of the big Cole Hamels trade at the 2015 trade deadline, Eickhoff had a solid first full season last year (3.65 ERA/4.19 FIP, 7.6 K/9, 1.9 BB/9 in 33 starts), but the results haven't quite been the same in the first half of this year. The FIP is in roughly the same ballpark (4.33), but the ERA has jumped up to 4.83. While he's striking out more (up to 8.3 K/9 this year), his walks have nearly doubled (up to 3.6 BB/9) and he's allowing hits at a higher rate. His last start against Miami displayed those problems in a nutshell: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB and 8 K with 3 HR allowed.

Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference