Monday -- Brewers 9, D-backs 3; Milwaukee pounds D-backs bullpen. Tuesday -- Brewers 7, D-backs 5; Lucroy makes D-backs pay for hit batter. Wednesday -- D-backs 4, Brewers 3; Campana walks off Milwaukee. Thursday -- RHP Chase Anderson (5-1, 3.21) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (4-4, 3.51), 12:40 p.m., no TV.
The D-backs avoided the sweep in L.A. but still enter the week with the worst record in the NL. It seems each time they appear on a path toward .500, they set themselves back again. With a 10-day, nine-game home stand, the D-backs have another opportunity to put something together. It won't be easy, as they start with four games against the NL Central-leading Brewers and are 12-24 at Chase Field this season.
The D-backs pitching staff has a home run problem this season, having given up a major league-leading 86 homers entering the week. The Brewers, too, are struggling to keep balls in the park, having given up 77 homers this season -- third behind the D-backs and Rockies. Brewers starter Marco Estrada leads baseball with 23 long balls allowed, but he won't pitch this series. Wade Miley, tied for second most allowed (16), and Brandon McCarthy, tied for third most (15), will. This could be a slugfest.
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In 25 appearances (including 11 starts) against the NL Central, Thursday's D-backs starter, Josh Collmenter, owns a miniscule 1.46 ERA. Against the Brewers, he's been even better. In six appearances (four starts), Collmenter is 1-0 with a 1.30 ERA against the Brewers; he allowed just four earned runs in 27-2/3 innings. In 5-2/3 innings in Milwaukee earlier this season, Collmenter gave up eight hits and five runs, but only one was earned.
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The Brewers have plenty of power in their lineup this season, as four players have reached double-digit home runs, including former D-backs infielder Mark Reynolds. But lately one of those four has been struggling. Star right fielder Ryan Braun hit his 10th home run of the season Saturday but is 3 for 30 the last week, and Saturday's home run was his first since June 1. After Saturday's game, Braun told reporters his swing lately has "fluctuated somewhere between terrible and awful."