|MILWAUKEE ( GALLARDO )|
HOUSTON ( HARRELL )
|923||MILWAUKEE||-130||Ov 8,-110||-130||Ov 7.5,-120|
|924||HOUSTON||+120||Un 8,-110||+120||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-21||+0.4||23-19||4.4||0.262||0.313||4.3||0.259||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||3-4||4.0||0.245||0.275||3.7||0.239||0.283|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-35||-3.1||26-26||3.7||0.239||0.292||5.0||0.287||0.345|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.2||2-5||4.3||0.231||0.294||2.4||0.214||0.258|
|6/10/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||6-1||W||-115||7 un||P||16||10||0||5||2||1|
|6/11/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||4-5||L||-115||7.5 un||O||5||3||0||8||2||1|
|6/12/2013||FIGARO(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||10-1||W||-120||7.5 un||O||12||3||0||5||3||2|
|6/14/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-4||L||135||8 un||U||12||11||2||7||8||3|
|6/15/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||6-0||W||160||8 ov||U||8||3||0||7||7||0|
|6/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||1-5||L||190||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||9||7||0|
|6/18/2013||FIGARO(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||1-10||L||-115||8 un||O||8||8||3||8||7||0|
|6/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||3-1||W||-125||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||10||8||1|
|6/20/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||LOHSE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||GALLARDO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|6/27/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|6/7/2013||LYLES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-4||L||210||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||9||7||0|
|6/8/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-7||L||160||8.5 ev||O||6||3||3||10||8||0|
|6/9/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||0-2||L||155||8.5 ov||U||5||6||1||6||6||1|
|6/10/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||2-3||L||220||6.5 ov||U||7||6||3||9||11||1|
|6/11/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||0-4||L||145||7.5 un||U||2||3||2||7||3||1|
|6/12/2013||LYLES(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||6-1||W||125||7.5 un||U||8||7||2||5||8||0|
|6/14/2013||BEDARD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-1||W||+175||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||6||8||2|
|6/15/2013||HARRELL(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-3||W||+110||8 un||U||6||2||1||8||6||0|
|6/16/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||5-4||W||+115||8.5 un||O||7||6||0||8||7||1|
|6/17/2013||NORRIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-4||L||-105||8 ev||U||8||9||0||9||5||1|
|6/21/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|6/23/2013||LYLES(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||BEDARD(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||HARRELL(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|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.
|HOUSTON: HITTING: This season will mark Houston's final year in the National League. Look away, children, as the Astros launch into what is sure to be the crappiest victory lap in baseball history. Tiny 2B JOSE ALTUVE's jump from High-A to MLB starter says more about Houston's pitiful state than anything. He belongs in Triple-A. CHRIS JOHNSON won the starting 3B job as JIMMY PAREDES was optioned to Triple-A. Johnson was thought to have 25-homer power, but last year he slugged just .378. 1B CARLOS LEE is in the twilight of a very productive career. Backup 1B BRETT WALLACE seems to be in the twilight of an unproductive one. OF BRIAN BOGUSEVIC has a low ceiling. But he's one of only a few recent draft picks who will even contribute. OF J.D. MARTINEZ doesn't blame you if you haven't heard of him, but he's the team's best player who hits third in the lineup. SS JED LOWRIE was a nice little pickup for a mid-tier closer. But his platoon split is intense. C JASON CASTRO will probably play ahead of CHRIS SNYDER. OF JORDAN SCHAFER has yet to put things together; but he'll be starting in center on Opening Day. Fourth OF J.B. SHUCK is only 24, but doesn't have a whole lot of upside. |
STARTING PITCHING: WANDY RODRIGUEZ has been a durable, above-average starter for five years, yet every season his real-world team limits his wins. He'll be traded at some point this year. Don't shortchange BUD NORRIS. He's an underrated source of strikeouts, and has improved his command. J.A. HAPP really needs to cut down on his walk total. JORDAN LYLES couldn't legally drink until the second-to-last week of the season. He's in the big leagues way too soon. He's yet another young Astro who isn't terrible, but won't ever set the world on fire. KYLE WEILAND came from Boston with Jed Lowrie and should earn the final spot in the rotation. Texas-bred fireballer JARRED COSART, 21, is a legitimately exciting (but risky) prospect who Houston will probably rush up to the majors at some point this year.
RELIEF PITCHING: BRETT MYERS flummoxed the Astros' front office with a stinker of a season. He's probably closer to that pitcher than to the one who posted a career-best 3.14 ERA in 2010 at age 29, but he'll move the bullpen this year to get the rare opportunities to close out a game when this awful team is actually leading. WILTON LOPEZ was good in 2011, but was much better the previous season, when he may have been the most underrated reliever in the National League. Houston will go with him in the ninth if they want Myers to return to the rotation. BRANDON LYON has seen better days. He bombed early, then was shut down for good with a bicep injury. He intimidates nobody now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MILWAUKEE-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Astros Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Milwaukee (28-41) at Houston (27-45), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Based on his history at Minute Maid Park, Yovani Gallardo would appear to be in good position to continue his recent success.
Riding a two-game scoreless stretch, the right-hander tries to win in Houston for the fourth straight time and help the Milwaukee Brewers record a winning road trip Thursday against the Astros.
Gallardo (6-6, 4.41 ERA) has allowed seven hits over 14 scoreless innings to win two straight outings after posting an 8.04 ERA in his previous three. He gave up three hits over six innings of a 6-0 victory at Cincinnati on Saturday.
"I feel good - the past three starts, actually," Gallardo said. "It seems like things are finally falling together. I've been able to find a rhythm."
He's usually been able to do so against the Astros (27-46), going 13-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 16 starts. Gallardo had won 10 consecutive outings against them before losing the last one, yielding five runs in six innings of a 7-6 home loss Sept. 28.
However, he still has a three-game win streak in Houston, yielding five runs in 21 2-3 innings with 20 strikeouts. He's 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA all-time at Minute Maid Park.
He'll try to help Milwaukee (29-41) build on a 3-1 comeback victory Wednesday and finish its current trip at 5-4. Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Aramis Ramirez added a solo shot in the ninth to help the Brewers to their seventh win in 11 contests.
Weeks, who had two of his team's six hits, is batting .419 with three homers in his last 11 games. He batted .182 with three home runs in his first 52 contests, a slump that prompted the Brewers to call up promising prospect Scooter Gennett this month to split time with him at second base.
"Once Scooter got here and we got them matched up, he has been swinging the bat better," manager Ron Roenicke said. "So it's hard to say whether it was just the timing of it or it is the matchups.
"So I think the combination of the two. Scooter has done a nice job out there and hopefully it's a good platoon system."
Weeks won't go into much detail about trying to win back the full-time job.
"It's just one of those things where if my name is in the lineup I've got to go out there and do my job," he said.
Jose Altuve had three of the 10 hits for the Astros, who went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and fell for the second time in seven games.
Altuve is batting .356 in 26 games versus Milwaukee, but he's 3 for 15 against Gallardo.
Scheduled Houston starter Lucas Harrell (5-7, 4.48) has allowed four earned runs and 14 hits in 20 2-3 innings over his last three starts. His lone win in that span came Saturday, giving up three runs and striking out seven in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA in two starts versus Milwaukee.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:47:45 AM EST|