Brewers at Indians Preview

Brewers at Indians Preview

Matthew Smith
2 years ago
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Brewers at Indians Schedule

  • First Pitch: 4:05 PM EST
  • Location: Goodyear Ballpark, Phoenix, AZ
  • How To Watch: Fox Sports Ohio

Brewers Get Outfielder Cain, Pitcher Williams Back

The Milwaukee Brewers got some key components to their roster back yesterday in All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain and 2020 National League Rookie of the Year, pitcher Devin Williams.

This was Cain's first action since early in Spring Training 2020 as he elected to opt-out of the COVID-19 shortened regular season last year.

Williams was making his first throws from a big-league mound in a game since late last season when he was shut down with a shoulder injury.

Both finished the game healthy, and that is what matters most to the Brewers moving forward. Cain went 1-for-3 with a single and RBI while Williams was able to touch 98 on the radar gun during his outing.

These are two key pieces to the Brewers if they plan on contending for the National League Central Division in 2021.

McKenzie Makes Final Spring Start

Exciting starting pitcher Triston McKenzie will be making his final spring start today against the Milwaukee Brewers. McKenzie will likely make the Opening Day rotation for the Indians, but he will need to be a little sharper to have some momentum going into the regular season next week.

McKenzie has had trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark this spring. He has made two starts and four appearances overall, giving up four home runs already. That is obviously not a recipe for success, especially in his home ballpark in Cleveland against some very high-powered offenses in the Central Division like the White Sox and Twins, who feature tough hitting lineups.

A positive this spring for McKenzie has been in strikeout totals. In his 9 2/3 innings pitched, he has racked up nine strikeouts. Couple that with the six walks he has handed out plus the home run problems, and it seems control is still a prominent issue.

Hopefully, for the Indians' sake, he can fine-tune some of his control issues in this final start and take a positive step in the right direction against the Brewers.

Brewers at Indians Line and Predictions 

Betting Line: Indians -115

The Indians are favored in this game, and that is a bit surprising given the struggles Triston McKenzie has had this spring. Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff has been a bit more consistent, and I feel like Milwaukee has the upper hand in the starting pitching category here.

I am not confident McKenzie is going to fix his control issues in this one, and Milwaukee's offense likely takes advantage.

I would lean toward a Milwaukee win in this one, but anything can happen in a Spring Training game.

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