The Arizona Diamondbacks came to Milwaukee with no interest in playing last night. The Brewers got out early to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning and held on for an easy 6-1 victory. Merrill Kelly had an off night for the Diamondbacks in a game that he will want to forget about quickly. Kelly ultimately finished with 8 hits and 6 earned runs allowed in 4.1 innings. That was all of the runs for the Brewers, as the Diamondbacks’ bullpen settled in and pitched nicely after Kelly’s mess.
The Diamondbacks were not coming back with their offense playing like that, though. Jordan Lyles no-hit the Diamondbacks in 6 innings, but the Brewers failed to get the combined no-hitter. Devin Williams and Jeremy Jeffress each surrendered a hit. By the end of the contest, the Brewers outhit the Diamondbacks by a wide margin of 13 to 2. The Diamondbacks must be better than that to find a win in Milwaukee this weekend.
If they want to be playing baseball in October, they’re going to have to be way better than that effort. At this point, there is faint hope that the Diamondbacks will be going to the postseason. They’re not dead yet, but their chances are slim. The Diamondbacks go into Saturday down 5.5 games in the National League Wild Card Game race. The Brewers are closer, but still 3 games back for a wildcard and 3.5 back of the Cardinals in the NL Central.
The Brewers are going to have to get hot soon. That doesn’t sound like a lot of games, but with so much competition they must deal with, it’s not an easy road. Lyles did all he could last night to give the Brewers some hope. Now Chase Anderson will look to duplicate that performance Saturday against red-hot rookie Zac Gallen. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Brewers pick.
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The way Zac Gallen has been pitching this season, I’m not so sure the Marlins are thrilled about trading him away. It was a prospect for prospect deal and the Diamondbacks have been seeing immediate results from this prospect. Gallen was solid with the Marlins, posting a 2.72 ERA and seven starts. The trade hasn’t seemed to bother him one bit, as he’s improved since leaving Miami. It’s only been three starts as a Diamondback and Gallen has been effective with a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings.
Having said that, Gallen’s resume hasn’t been completely clean in his last two starts. Yes, he allowed only 3 earned runs in ten innings. But a closer look suggests that he had to work really hard out of jams to make that possible. Against the Rockies, Gallen allowed 9 hits and a walk in 4 innings. He was lucky to get out of Coors Field with only 2 earned runs allowed.
The same thing happened in his next outing. He gave up just 1-run in 6 innings, but got into trouble again. Gallen yielded 5 hits and 6 walks, as his control was a bit all over the place. That can catch up to a young pitcher quickly.
Gallen’s opponent tonight is coming off his ugliest outing of the season. Chase Anderson never had it against the Nationals, as he was rocked for 9 hits and 10 earned runs in Washington. Leading up to that game, Anderson was pitching quite well, with ten straight games without allowing more than 3 runs in a game.
He allowed 2 or less in eight out of ten. Anderson has been very good against the Diamondbacks in the past, as they are hitting just .214 with 1 home run allowed in 56 plate appearances. Expect Chase to earn a bounce back performance against the Diamondbacks in this one. Gallen has been hanging on by a thread the last two games. Look for the Brewers to finally get to him Saturday.