The results were not pretty the last time the Marlins faced the Brewers. Coming out of last year's All-Star break, Miami played Milwaukee three times at Miller Park. Not only were the Marlins swept, but they also failed to score a run in the entire series.
This time around, the Marlins will look to generate some offense as they prepare for Friday night's tilt in Miami. But with the way Tom Koehler has pitched at Marlins Park, they shouldn't need to give him much support to have a favorable result. Koehler is 3-0 with an 0.64 ERA at home.
Koehler isn't the only one who's hot at Marlins Park. Miami has the best home winning-percentage (.760) of any club this season. The team's 19-6 record through 25 games is the best in franchise history.
On the other side, the Brewers enter Friday with 14 wins on the road, which ranked second only to the Giants and Dodgers in the National League.
Koehler's approach is simple: throw strikes and let his defense work for him.
"I'm just trying to force some early action and letting the defense play behind me," Koehler said. "We've been playing some really good defense all year."
With Jose Fernandez out for the year with an elbow injury, the Marlins are looking for the rest of the rotation to step up. Koehler (4-3, 2.25 ERA) has done his part, but he notes the starters shouldn't try to do too much.
"If you start putting pressure on yourself thinking about that, it's going to force you to do things you're not capable of doing," the right-hander said. "You can't replace [Fernandez]. So the key is really to go out there and do what I'm capable of doing, and for each of us individually, do what they're capable of doing and take it game by game."
Marco Estrada, who owns a 3-2 record and 3.64 ERA on the year, will take the mound for the Brewers. The right-hander was unremarkable in his most recent start, as the Cubs tagged him for four runs, including two home runs, across five innings at Wrigley Field.
Estrada has not gone deep into games often this season -- or for much of his career, for that matter. Of his last nine starts, only one has lasted longer than six innings. His longest career outing was an eight-inning shutout of the Astros on Sept. 29, 2012.
Estrada's last time pitching against the Marlins also came in 2012, when he gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings. Miami infielder Donovan Solano had three hits in that game.
Marlins: Jones finding his comfort zone
Because the Phillies started lefty Cole Hamels on Thursday, Garrett Jones was out of the starting lineup. But the left-handed-hitting first baseman, who entered the game late for an injured Jeff Baker, is expected to be back for the series opener with the Brewers.
Jones on Wednesday night went 2-for-3, marking the fourth time in his last seven starts that he's had a multi-hit game. In his last nine games, the first baseman is batting .441 (15-for-34) with six doubles, a triple, one homer and eight RBIs.
"He's a guy that we signed to come in and be a difference-maker in our lineup," manager Mike Redmond said. "I think everyone has got to see what type of player he is and how much stability he brings to our ballclub. He's a great guy in the clubhouse. It's nice to see him get some hits, and big hits."
Brewers: Slow month at the plate
After a fast start to its season, Milwaukee enters Friday 8-12 in May thanks in large part to an offense that has gone cold.
Over the past month, the Brewers have plated only 68 runs while collectively batting .233, which both rank in the bottom third of the Majors.
"There's not much we can do," manager Ron Roenicke said Sunday. "We don't get enough guys on that we can get the runners going. ... We'll have to figure out a way to get some baserunners on, so we can create some problems."
• Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is expected to start for Miami on Friday after being given a day off on Thursday afternoon. The catcher tweaked his left ankle on Wednesday night, but he says he is ready to play.
• Milwaukee has had trouble on the basepaths this season. The Brewers have been caught stealing 18 times, which ties Texas for the most in baseball. Shortstop Jean Segura has been tagged out in a team-high six of his 15 attempted steals.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.