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5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, July 12, 2019
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 40,186

Brewers open second half versus Giants

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San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Brewers entered the All-Star break with an NL-leading 155 homers and lead the majors with 14 home runs in seven games this month. Milwaukee, however, is batting .205 in July, 29th in the majors and percentage points ahead of the MLB-worst Rockies.
  2. Christian Yelich is slashing .372/.422/.670 with 13 doubles, 19 RBI, and 18 runs in 22 games against the Giants since 2016. That 1.092 OPS is the best by any of the 50 major leaguers with at least 90 plate appearances against San Francisco since 2016.
  3. Buster Posey, conversely, is batting .424 with a .486 OBP in his 16 games against the Brewers since 2016. Both his batting average and OBP are the highest in MLB among the 86 batters that have at least 70 plate appearances against Milwaukee since 2016.
  4. All-Star Mike Moustakas is hitting just .197 in his last 19 games immediately after batting .364 during an 11-game hitting streak. His .197 batting average since June 18 is tied with the Dodgers' Max Muncy for the second lowest in MLB among the 66 batters with at least 75 plate appearances in that span.
  5. Yasmani Grandal hit his 19th homer on Saturday to match Dave Nilsson in 1999 for the most by a Brewers catcher before the All-Star break. His 50 walks are the most at the break by any NL catcher since the Rockies' Chris Iannetta also had 50 in 2011.
  6. The Giants won six of seven before the break, scoring at least seven runs in five of those games. In 17 games since June 20, San Francisco's 42 doubles trail only Pittsburgh's 43 for the most in all of MLB.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/12/2019 thru 7/14/2019

A team with pitchers potentially for sale encounters a club that could be in the market for dependable arms when the San Francisco Giants open baseball's second half Friday night against the host Milwaukee Brewers.

Both teams ended the first half on the outside of the playoff picture, with the Brewers (47-44) a half-game behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central as well as Philadelphia for the National League's second wild-card spot, while the Giants (41-48), the last-place team in the NL West, are 5 1/2 games back.

The Giants played arguably their best ball of the season in the week leading into the All-Star break, going 5-1 with a three-game sweep of San Diego before taking two of three from St. Louis.

The team has gone 18-14 since June 1, which had general manager Farhan Zaidi cautioning Giants fans over the break not necessarily to expect a sell-off of high-priced assets such as Madison Bumgarner and All-Star closer Will Smith before the upcoming trade deadline.

"I feel like we're playing as well as really the top teams in the league right now," Zaidi insisted to reporters. "If we can continue to play well over these next couple of weeks, then some of the narratives that are out there about what we might do at the trade deadline are probably going to conflict with that goal to keep pushing on in a season where we still hope to accomplish some things."

The Giants' improved play of late included taking two of three from Milwaukee when the Brewers visited San Francisco in mid-June. The only game the Giants lost in the series -- 5-3 in the finale -- was pitched by the Brewers' scheduled starter in Friday's game, right-hander Chase Anderson (4-2, 4.32).

Anderson has pitched well in his last three starts, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 innings. He's 3-2 in his career against the Giants with a 4.91 ERA in eight starts.

Despite losing five of seven to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh last week and going just 8-15 since June 12, the Brewers find themselves part of both races.

That's encouraging, All-Star outfielder Christian Yelich insists.

"I don't think we've played our best baseball by any means," Yelich noted to reporters over the break. "But we've put ourselves in solid position when we start the second half to put ourselves in the playoffs and make a run. That's all you can ask for."

Anderson was pulled after four shaky innings in his earlier start against the Giants, having allowed five hits and four walks, but just three runs.

One of the big hits he served up to was a triple by Evan Longoria, who finished the first half on quite a roll with nine hits, including five homers and two doubles, in his last six games.

The Giants totaled 53 runs in their last seven outings. That kind of support would seem to be the perfect complement for Friday's starter, right-hander Shaun Anderson (3-2, 4.23), who has allowed between two and four earned runs in all 10 of his starts.

The 24-year-old rookie has never faced the Brewers.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 11, 2019

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