Milwaukee vs Minnesota : The Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins will meet up on the MLB diamond to finish their quick two-game set on Tuesday.
In the opener on Monday, the Brewers scored twice in the eighth and were able to eke out a 5-4 win despite getting out-hit 10-6.
For Tuesday’s game, the Brewers will be sending out Zach Davies in the start. Over his 55.2 innings and 5-0 mark this year, Davies had a 2.43 ERA with 38 Ks and 17 BBs.
Milwaukee mustered six hits in the Monday win, and the two-run eighth inning put them over the top. The Brewers’ Orlando Arcia led the way on a two-run homer and a double, producing two runs and three RBI.
Over on the Twins’ side, they’re going with Martin Perez on Tuesday. In his 58.0 innings and 7-1 record so far, Perez has a 2.95 ERA with 56 Ks and 26 BBs.
The more the Twins keep piling up wins, the more they get their due. After spending two weeks perched at No. 5, this week they’ve risen up to No. 2 on the strength of two first-place votes. Thus, Minnesota has marked itself as the latest threat to the Astros, our reigning No. 1 the past two weeks and the only team to be No. 1 since Opening Day so far besides the Dodgers — one of the clubs the Twins leap-frogged to reach their highest point yet.
Although the Twins’ gains were the most significant at the top of our rankings, they didn’t make the biggest leap. That honor goes to the Oakland A’s after they rode their current nine-game winning streak to rise eight slots up to No. 11. While the Indians fell from MLB’s top 10 in our voting this week, the Braves were on the rise to take their place.
Not everybody gets to improve, of course. The biggest decline was suffered by the Angels, our latest up-and-down team. Last week, they moved up six slots to No. 14, only to tumble this week to No. 21 after suffering a 2-4 week playing against the Twins and Rangers. With their pitching staff in disarray, is a place in the bottom 20 the destiny of Mike Trout’s team?
The Raptors’ Danny Green is well aware of how much he struggled in the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The problem for Green is that everyone else is aware of it, too.
“Just keep shooting,” Green said Monday, when asked how he gets himself out of a shooting slump. “Don’t think about it. And it’s hard not to think about it because everybody in the world’s telling you don’t think about it, [and] everybody you come across [is telling you] keep shooting it.
“People text me to ‘don’t think about it.’ I know that. … I’m not second-guessing myself.
The Twins are 18-9 in home games. Minnesota has hit 105 combined home runs this season, most in the American League. Eddie Rosario leads the team with 16 homers.
The Brewers are 13-13 on the road. Milwaukee has a team on-base percentage of .324, good for second in the National League. Yelich leads the team with a mark of .401. The Brewers won the last meeting 5-4. Corbin Burnes recorded his first victory and Orlando Arcia went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBIs for Milwaukee. Taylor Rogers took his first loss for Minnesota.
TOP PERFORMERS: Rosario leads the Twins with 16 home runs and is slugging .556. Max Kepler is 17-for-34 with six doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
Yelich leads the Brewers with 28 extra base hits and has 44 RBIs. Yasmani Grandal is 8-for-30 with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.