Phillies-Brewers: What you need to know

Phillies-Brewers: What you need to know
June 7, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Phillies (31-30) at Brewers (22-37)
8:10 p.m. – CSN

One game over .500 for the first time since they were 81-80 last season, the Phillies go for their sixth straight win on Friday night in Milwaukee.

The Phils took care of the Brewers early last night, scoring two first-inning runs and jumping out to a 5-0 lead before winning 5-1. It was the fifth straight game the Phils homered and scored at least five runs – they did that only once from 2007-12, in September 2008.

As long as multiple players remain hot it’s hard to imagine the Phillies losing to a lowly Milwaukee team, especially with Cliff Lee on the mound.

Lee vs. Figaro

Lee (7-2, 2.45) makes his second straight start against Milwaukee. He struck out 11 Brewers over 7 2/3 innings last Sunday to eclipse his 2012 win total in the first week of June.

Lee has been nearly untouchable over his last six starts, going 5-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 0.79 WHIP.

Miller Park hasn’t been kind to the lefty over the years. He’s never won there and has a 4.79 ERA in three starts, with five homers allowed in 20 2/3 innings.

Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez have done the most damage against Lee. Braun is 9 for 19 (.474) with three solo homers; Ramirez has three homers of his own in 16 at-bats; and Gomez has hit .310 with a pair of jacks.

The Brewers counter with Alfredo Figaro, a 28-year-old right-hander who had made just four major-league starts entering the season.

Figaro throws a fastball in 93-97 mph range, a slider and curve in the low-80s and a changeup in the mid-80s. This season he’s thrown the heater 84 percent of the time when ahead in the count.

There aren’t a whole lot of differences between Figaro and Wily Peralta, who the Phillies jumped on last night.

Firing on all cylinders

Over the Phils’ five-game winning streak, they’ve hit .280 with 21 extra-base hits. They’ve averaged 6.4 runs and have a 2.11 team ERA.

Magic No. 4

The Phillies are 23-6 when they score four or more runs this season, compared to 8-24 when they score three or fewer.

The Phils have won 18 of their last 20 games when scoring at least four runs.

Put ‘em away early

When they’re not ahead after three innings, the Brewers are 4-32 this season.

Give Lee an early run or two and this one could be decided as quickly as Thursday’s affair, which lacked intrigue (in a good way) after about 45 minutes of action.

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