MLB Odds: Milwaukee Brewers vs Florida Marlins and Anibal Sanchez
Sunday, June 05, 2011
by Frank Martin
A trip to Florida has helped the Milwaukee Brewers cure their road woes, The Brewers have taken the first two games of a four-game series with the Marlins, their first back-to-back road wins in more than six weeks.
The Brewers will try to make it three straight on the road for the first time since last September when the series continues Sunday, while the struggling Marlins look to snap a string of three consecutive one-run losses.
Narveson has been the weak link in the Brewers' rotation recently, allowing 11 runs in 7 1/3 innings over his past two starts, but he has six quality starts in 11 outings. Narveson is 0-3 with a 4.37 ERA in six road starts. In two career starts against the Marlins, he's 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA.
Sanchez has been dominant over his past five starts, going 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .165 average. His control has been impeccable during that stretch with 42 strikeouts and only six walks. Sanchez is 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA in five starts against the Brewers, but he lost his only start against them last season.
The Brewers have won 19 of 26 to get to six games over .500 for the first time all season. They no longer have the worst road record in the National League — that belongs to Washington — after back-to-back road wins for the first time since April 18-19 at Philadelphia.
Both have come on late rallies, as Ryan Braun's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth lifted the Brewers on Friday, and a two-run seventh put them ahead Saturday. The Brewers have hit at least one home run in nine of their past 10 games after Nyjer Morgan and Prince Fielder hit homers Saturday.
Florida has lost 10 of 14 at home and five of six overall, but is still just two games back of Philadelphia in the NL East. The Marlins once were 14-3 in one-run games, but they've lost their last four games decided by a run, including each of their three consecutive losses. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez has missed five consecutive games with inflammation in his lower back. A decision on whether to send him to the disabled list is expected in the next couple of days.
Morgan's home run Saturday was his first since July 28, 2009, a span in which he had 666 at-bats without a homer. Fielder's home run Saturday was his 67th during the same stretch.
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