Indianapolis Star
Major League Baseball
Preview
Detroit at Milwaukee
When: 3:10 PM ET, Sunday, September 30, 2018
Where: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Brewers have a shot at their first division crown since 2011 when they wrap up the regular season against the visiting Detroit Tigers on Sunday. MVP favorite Christian Yelich slugged a pair of home runs to lead the Brewers to a 6-5 win over the Tigers on Saturday, pulling Milwaukee into a tie with the Chicago Cubs atop the National League Central.

If the Brewers and Cubs finish in a tie, they'll play Monday at Wrigley Field to decide the division. Yelich has five home runs, 16 RBIs and 10 runs scored over his last six games for Milwaukee, which has won six straight and will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Wild Card game if it finishes second to the Cubs. The Brewers will turn to lefty Gio Gonzalez in the pivotal matchup opposite rookie Spencer Turnbull for the Tigers. Detroit has dropped four in a row and is 26-54 on the road.

TV: 3:10 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Spencer Turnbull (0-1, 5.73 ERA) vs. Brewers LH Gio Gonzalez (9-11, 4.34)

Turnbull is coming off his best outing in the majors, allowing one run over six innings with five strikeouts at Minnesota on Tuesday. He gave up six runs in four frames against the Twins in his prior outing. The 26-year-old has yet to allow a home run in his 11 innings with Detroit.

Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four starts since joining the Brewers, holding opponents to 11 hits in 20 1/3 innings. He followed up six scoreless innings two turns ago by giving up three runs across four frames at St. Louis on Tuesday. The former first-round pick is 1-4 with a 7.85 ERA in six career starts against the Tigers.

WALK-OFFS

1. Yelich leads the NL in batting (.324), is tied for the lead with 36 home runs and is second with 109 RBIs - two behind leader Javier Baez.

2. Detroit RF Nicholas Castellanos has at least one RBI in seven of his last 10 games.

3. The Tigers are 6-13 in interleague play, while the Brewers are 12-7.

PREDICTION: Brewers 7, Tigers 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Detroit 64-97 L4 38-43 26-54 15-17 33-43 10-24 6-13
Milwaukee 94-67 W6 50-30 44-37 20-13 39-37 23-10 12-7
Last Meeting
Detroit Milwaukee
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/29/18 DET 5 MIL 6 .235 1 .749 .250 2 .802
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit N. Goodrum .429 3 1.214
Milwaukee C. Yelich .600 3 3.150
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit N. Castellanos 1 3 1
Milwaukee C. Yelich 3 4 5
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 6.75 .224 21
Milwaukee 5.00 .297 21
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit N. Castellanos .299 184 .855
Milwaukee C. Yelich .324 184 .998
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit N. Castellanos 23 88 89
Milwaukee C. Yelich 36 116 109
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 4.55 .242 1206
Milwaukee 3.77 .251 1410