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Milwaukee staggers into this pivotal weekend with a 6-11 September record and 3.5 games to make up against the Buccos for the second wild card.  Matt Garza (8-8, 3.74) gets the ball against Edinson Volquez (12-7, 3.27).  Both pitchers have it together of late.  Garza is 2-1, 2.64 in his last six starts while Volquez is 2-0, 1.85 in recent assignments.

Given that Garza has spent most of his career in the AL, few Pirates have extensive histories against him.  Andrew McCutchen is hitting .250 with a home run in 12 at bats while Gabby Sanchez and Travis Snider are hitting .364 and .300 respectively.  Light-hitting Clint Barmes has two four-baggers in 15 at bats against Garza.

Across the diamond, a few members of the Brew Crew have fared quite well against Volquez, led by Carlos Gomez, who has three homers and a .321 average.  Jonathan Lucroy (.308), Scooter Gennett (.500) and Ryan Braun (.317) are other top performers while Rickie Weeks has hit Volquez at a .368 clip with two homers in 19 at bats.  On the flip side, Mark Reynolds is 1-12 and Juan Segura 0-15.

I like the run Volquez is on but there are too many Brewers who hit him well.  Take Milwaukee.

Published by Luke Ross

Luke Ross, is the founder of CavsNews.com. Luke grew up watching and playing soccer but his heart was always in Basketball. Luke arrived in Cleveland in 1993 and turned into a Cavaliers fan since.