Guerra making a big impact for Brewers once again

June 16, 2017

Junior Guerra is picking up right where he left off.

Having emerged as the best starter for Milwaukee in 2016 -- sporting a 9-3 record with a 2.81 ERA and 1.126 WHIP -- Guerra is once again establishing himself as one of the aces of the Brewers' staff.

Guerra missed over a month and a half after suffering an injury in Milwaukee's opener, but he returned May 26 and in his four starts since has a 1.99 ERA while holding opponents to a slash line of .224/.327/.365.

Overall, Guerra has a 2.45 ERA on the season and a 1.286 WHIP. Among Milwaukee's starters, no one has a better ERA and only Chase Anderson (1.192) has a better WHIP.

All four of Guerra's starts since the season opener have been at night, much like his upcoming Friday appearance.

Among major-league pitchers with at least four starts at night, Guerra ranks fourth in ERA behind just Houston's Dallas Keuchel (1.72 in 10 starts), Arizona's Zack Godley (1.72 in five starts) and Seattle's James Paxton (1.98 in seven starts).

The right-handed Guerra has really flourished against left-handed batters this season, holding them to a slash line of .163/.255/.265.

Among right-handed pitchers who have started at least five games, Guerra is third in the majors in opponent batting average and fourth in opponent slugging percentage.

Again, this is Guerra continuing what he started in 2016. Last year, left-handers hit just .191/.283/.335 against Guerra.

The San Diego Padres, Milwaukee's opponent this weekend, have four players who could be in the lineup that would bat left-handed vs. Guerra: switch-hitters Erick Aybar and Yangervis Solarte plus southpaws Franchy Cordero and Cory Spangenberg.

Other notes:

-- The Brewers have a .972 OPS in the first inning, easily the highest in the major leagues. Arizona is next at .926 and only one other team -- the Mets (.906) are above .900.

-- When Eric Thames homers, Milwaukee wins. Well, not all the time, but the Brewers are 14-2 in such contests. The .875 winning percentage is fourth among players who have 10 or more homers this season.

-- San Diego has lost five of its last six road games.

Statistics courtesy STATS and baseball-reference

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