|MILWAUKEE ( ESTRADA )|
SAN DIEGO ( VOLQUEZ )
|963||MILWAUKEE||-115||Ov 7.5,+100||-120||Ov 7.5,+105|
|964||SAN DIEGO||+105||Un 7.5,-120||+110||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-4||+3.6||8-4||4.5||0.225||0.285||3.8||0.263||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||4-3||5.4||0.225||0.290||2.3||0.224||0.278|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-10||-6||7-5||3.4||0.254||0.324||5.2||0.280||0.356|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.1||4-3||3.1||0.252||0.307||3.9||0.231||0.309|
|4/12/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||0-2||L||135||7.5 un||U||2||4||0||6||3||0|
|4/13/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-8||L||155||7.5 un||O||4||4||1||10||3||0|
|4/14/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||4-3||W||145||8 ev||U||12||9||1||8||7||1|
|4/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||10-8||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||12||5||1||12||9||0|
|4/17/2013||LOHSE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||4-3||W||-125||8.5 un||U||9||7||0||6||5||1|
|4/18/2013||GALLARDO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||7-2||W||+100||7.5 un||O||8||2||1||7||7||0|
|4/19/2013||ESTRADA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||5-4||W||-110||7.5 un||O||7||2||0||10||5||1|
|4/20/2013||BURGOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||5-1||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||6||7||0||7||5||3|
|4/21/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 ev||U||3||3||1||5||6||2|
|4/22/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||7-1||W||-115||7 un||O||5||4||1||8||7||0|
|4/23/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||6-3||W||-125||7 ev||O||11||7||0||8||9||0|
|4/24/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/10/2013||STULTS(L)||LA DODGERS||BILLINGSLEY(R)||3-4||L||+110||7 ov||P||11||10||0||13||12||0|
|4/11/2013||MARQUIS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-3||L||+145||7 ov||U||8||8||0||11||12||1|
|4/14/2013||RICHARD(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||1-2||L||+100||8 un||U||2||5||0||3||7||0|
|4/15/2013||STULTS(L)||@ LA DODGERS||BILLINGSLEY(R)||6-3||W||155||6.5 un||O||9||8||0||12||9||1|
|4/16/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||9-2||W||165||7 ov||O||15||10||0||4||7||0|
|4/17/2013||ROSS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||7-2||W||230||6.5 un||O||13||12||0||10||14||1|
|4/19/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-3||L||200||7 ev||U||5||3||0||10||9||0|
|4/20/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||0-2||L||140||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||3||2||0|
|4/21/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||0-5||L||120||7.5 ov||U||6||6||0||8||4||0|
|4/26/2013||CASHNER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||MARQUIS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MILWAUKEE-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Padres Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Milwaukee (11-8) at San Diego (5-15), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Milwaukee Brewers continue to roll and aren't showing any signs of slowing down.
The slumping San Diego Padres are surely glad to see them leaving town.
Seeking a 10th consecutive win, the Brewers try to sweep the Padres for the first time in 10 seasons Wednesday night.
After winning 7-1 in Monday's series opener, Milwaukee (11-8) jumped all over San Diego starter Clayton Richard, tagging him for six runs over the first two innings of Tuesday's 6-3 victory.
"The Brewers had good at-bats against Clayton," Padres manager Bud Black said. "They had a lot of opposite field hits and they were taking what he was giving them."
Jean Segura had a career high-tying three hits while Jonathan Lucroy and Yuniesky Betancourt both drove in a pair of runs. Ryan Braun, who had homered four times over the previous five days, went 0 for 4 but plated his 14th RBI during the winning streak.
The Brewers, who haven't won 10 in a row since Aug. 19-28, 2003, haven't swept the Padres since taking three straight matchups earlier that same year - May 19-21. Their last sweep in San Diego came May 31-June 2, 2002.
The Padres (5-15), meanwhile, find themselves on the verge of dropping eight straight home games for the first time since a nine-game slide June 21-July 7, 2008.
San Diego has also been handed five consecutive losses overall by a 23-6 margin. The Padres are batting .201 over that stretch, including a 4-for-26 effort with runners in scoring position.
Yonder Alonso has just two hits in his last 21 at-bats. Chase Headley has also struggled, going 4 for 21 over six games since debuting last Wednesday.
The Padres will try to get back on track against Marco Estrada (2-0, 4.50 ERA), who allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings Friday in a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
"It felt like my mechanics were just a little off," he told MLB's official website. "By the fifth or the sixth, they were back and I felt much better. It was a grind. Mentally, physically, it was a grind."
While he's yet to lose this season, Estrada continues to be plagued by the long ball. The right-hander, who's been taken deep six times over four outings spanning 24 innings, has given up 1.4 homers per nine innings over 27 starts since the beginning of last year.
Estrada is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA over three relief appearances versus San Diego.
The Padres counter with Edinson Volquez (0-3, 8.84), who had dropped his first three starts before coming around in Friday's 3-2 walkoff loss at San Francisco. The right-hander allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings.
"I think I've got a better tempo now, a better rhythm between pitches," he said. "I'm trying to keep the ball down and throw more strikes."
Volquez is 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA over his last four matchups against the Brewers. Rickie Weeks has taken him deep twice, going 6 for 14 in their matchups. Braun has also fared well, going 9 for 25 with a homer. Lucroy, though, is just 1 for 10.
Volquez will need to keep a close eye on Segura, who's stolen a base in five straight games. The speedy shortstop is batting .377 on the season.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 7:12:28 AM EST|