Is a Battle Brewing between Seattle and Milwaukee?
By Christine Navarro
The Brewers will visit T-Mobile Park today after winning a four-game series against the Padres, 3-1. The Brewers have had a strong season so far, winning 11 games and losing 5. These are some reasons that the Mariners should be in top form for the games with the Brewers this week.
The Brewers are the Top Team in the National League Central.
Chicago is the only team that both the Mariners and the Brewers have played. In their series against the Cubs, the Brewers won two games (9-5, 3-1) and lost one (4-0) whereas the Mariners lost two games (3-2, 14-9) and won one (5-2). After the sweep of the Rockies, the Mariners are listed second in the American League West.
The Brewers Have Won their Series Against the Cubs, Mets, Cardinals, and Padres
In addition to winning the series in Chicago, the Brewers swept the Mets, won two out of three games against the Cardinals, lost their first series against the Diamondbacks with only one win, and won their series against the Padres, 3-1.
The Mariners swept the Rockies, lost the first series against the Guardians, lost the series to the Cubs and Angels, and won the second series against the Guardians.
Statistically, the Brewers' Batting Averages are Much Higher Than the Mariners' BAs
Both the Mariners and the Brewers had the same winning score of 1-0 yesterday. The Brewers, however, have ten players whose batting average exceeds .250,
- Victor Caratini, Brewers Catcher, is in a category by himself with a batting average of .438.
- William Contreras (C) and the former Mariners player Jesse Winker (LF) have over a .300 batting average.
- Garrett Mitchell (CF) and Luke Voit (DH) have batting averages over .275.
- Brice Turang (2B), Brian Anderson (3B), Owen Miller (2B), Mike Brosseau (3B) and Willy Adames (SS) have batting averages over .250
(Since there are some duplicates positions listed, hopefully they will not all be in the lineup at the same time.)
The Mariners have 3 players with batting averages over .300: France, Suarez, and Kelenic. The rest of the players' batting averages are below .250,
The Mariners' Pitching Staff Will Be Competitive with the Brewers' Starters
These Brewers pitchers will pitch well against the Mariners.
- Corbin Burnes (RHP) with an ERA of 5.19 and WHIP of 1.10. Against the Diamondbacks, Burnes pitched for eight innings, allowed 3 hits, no runs and struck out 3 batters.
- Colin Rea (RHP) who has an ERA of 1.59 and a WHIP of .53. Against the Padres, Rea pitched 5.2 innings, allowed two hits, one run, one walk, and struck out six batters.
- ·Eric Lauer (LHP) with an ERA of 5 28 and WHIP of 1.57. In his last game, Lauer pitched six innings, with 5 hits, 1 run, and 5 strikeouts.
Mariner pitchers will be Chris Flexen (RHP) for Robbie Ray with an ERA of 8.74 and WHIP of 2.03; Logan Gilbert (RHP) who has an ERA of 2.70 and a WHIP of 1.08; and an unknown pitcher for Wednesday’s game who would regularly be Marco Gonzales.
Good Batting Will Be Crucial
I have a great deal of faith in the Mariners, offensively and defensively. The team’s batting rate has increased over the first sixteen games, so I am hopeful that it will continue in that direction. If the Seattle batters do not hit well, however, I am afraid the Brewers will outscore them.