Brewers stop Mets' winning skein with 5-1 victory

Ruben Hill
April 16, 2018

He allowed one run on two hits while striking out five over 6.1 innings to get the win.

Still, Milwaukee managed to go 3-3 on its swing through St. Louis and NY during the last week and might have fared even better if Wilmer Flores not won the game Sunday on a walk-off home run with two strikes and two outs in the ninth.

Chase Anderson takes the ball for his fourth start of the year for the Brewers in this contest.

"This was not good", Harvey said after allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings.

Mets rookie catcher Tomas Nido is expected to draw his first start of the season.

The Mets are 7-1 in their last eight home games, are 14-3 in their last 17 games overall, and are 7-0 in their last seven games coming off a win.

After 11 games, Mets' pitching leads Major League Baseball in ERA (2.47) and is tied for the lead in batting average against (.204).

The Mets appeared to be well on their way, with an apparent leadoff double by Michael Conforto in the first inning, but though the shot was called back for being foul - and Conforto eventually struck out - it didn't stop them any. Milwaukee hopes to win the division for the first time in their franchise's history.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto has terrorized Brewers pitching in his career, posting a.322 batting average with 35 home runs and 105 RBIs, but he has been especially potent at Miller Park, where he's a.344 career hitter with 18 home runs and 52 RBIs.

Matt Harvey is scheduled for his third start of the young season for the Mets in this one.

Josh Hader - The Brewers reliever picked up the save and struck out five straight batters in the eighth and ninth inning of the 5-1 win. He allowed one run on two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts before turning it over to the bullpen. The Dark Knight comes in with no record, a 3.60 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, two walks and seven strikeouts over 10 innings of work this year.

Steven Matz struggled to get through four innings against the Cardinals in his season-opener but he rebounded in a no-decision last Saturday versus the Nationals. Anderson was magnificent with in 6 1/3 innings of work, limiting the Mets to two hits, including a RBI single to Yoenis Cespedes.

Syndergaard is 2-0 with a 0,69 ERA in two career starts against the Brewers. In his career, Matz is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Milwaukee. Their pitching is elite when not plagued with injuries as they were in 2017. That, coupled with timely offense like they had in the eighth inning against Miami, is a major reason they've gotten off to a hot start. Milwaukee is tough but playing on the road against a hot team might be too much to ask. In 2015-when the Mets won the pennant-the Mets' team OPS was.712.

After All-Star closer Corey Knebel went down with a hamstring the bullpen needed a new stopper for the end of their games.

Both teams have hit 11 home runs over their last 10 outings.

Before Saturday night, the Mets (11-2) had thought about nothing but wins for nearly two weeks. Will injuries take a toll on these teams this season? He had offered cause for optimism in his first start this season - allowing just one hit over five shutout innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 3 - but showed signs of regression in his second outing, when he allowed four runs and nine hits over five innings against the Washington Nationals on April 8.

Brewers hitters have slashed.240/.300/.371 on their way to 3.4 runs scored per game this year, including 2.7 runs per game over the team's last 10 games and 2.6 per game over the team's last five contests (2-3 SU).

The Milwaukee defense has allowed 14 errors over the last 10 games, compared to eight errors for NY over its last 10.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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