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Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies @ Milwaukee Brewers

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The Brewers hope to continue last week’s success against the Phillies at home on Memorial Day weekend

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The Brewers face another familiar opponent this weekend, as they see the Philadelphia Phillies for the second time in four series, this time at Miller Park.

It’s another playoff contender the Brewers will finish playing early in the regular season before they potentially meet again in the postseason, where both teams could look drastically different than they do now.

Still, it may be a blessing to catch the Phillies now, as they still try to get an offense that should be much better than it actually is clicking. After giving up 7 runs to the Phillies in the first game of the last series, Brewers pitching held the Phightin’ Nine to 6 total runs over the final three games.

Since the last time we saw them, Philly swept 3 games against the Rockies and split 4 in Chicago against the Cubs.

Probable Pitchers

Friday, May 24th - 7:10 p.m. CDT
Jerad Eickhoff vs. Chase Anderson

Eickhoff entered his start against the Brewers last week with a 1.50 ERA, but the Brewers tagged him for 5 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings, with his first two home runs allowed of the season. The Rockies followed with 4 runs on 4 hits in 5 innings on 3 more home runs on Sunday.

Saturday, May 25th - 3:10 p.m. CDT
Jake Arrieta vs. Jhoulys Chacin

Arrieta responded to giving up 4 runs against the Brewers by holding his old teammates in Chicago to 1 run over 6 innings, albeit on 8 hits and 2 walks. He’s given up 4 or more runs in 3 of his last 5 starts.

Sunday, May 26th - 1:10 p.m. CDT
Zach Eflin vs. Brandon Woodruff

Eflin struck out 7 Brewers last week, but also gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks and a hit batter in 5 innings, as the Brewers ran away with an 11-3 win in the series finale.

Previous Series

The Brewers dropped the first game of a four-game set last week before winning the final three games in convincing fashion, pushing their record against the NL East at the time to 11-3.

Player to Watch

Old Friend Jean Segura is on a 14-game hitting streak in which he’s hit 3 of his 5 home runs this season, including 2 against the Brewers the last time these teams played. He’s hitting .362/.413/.603 in that stretch, which is aided by a crazy .391 BABIP in that stretch. Segura has a history of high BABIPs since leaving Milwaukee, though, thanks to his ability to beat out infield hits and consistently hit the ball hard. After seeing a quarter of the balls he hit during his last two years in Milwaukee being considered softly-hit, he’s cut that to 16.2%, 19.7%, 20.9% and 19% in the last four years, respectively. This year, a career high 32.4% balls in play have been classified as hard-hit.

Segura still doesn’t walk much at all -- his BB% is just 5.6% this year, but that’s still a half-percent higher than last year. Even with that, he’s turned into a very good #2 option in a lineup that should continue to get better as the year goes on.

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs