The Milwaukee Brewers (4-6) will return home and host the Los Angeles Dodgers (9-1) this week at Miller Park. The Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball with the best record in the majors. Milwaukee will certainly have their hands full as they will be bringing a four-game losing streak into this series. Luckily, they will have their ace on the mound to start the week off. If the Brewers can find some rhythm on offense this could potentially be a very exciting series.
Tuesday April 17, 2012
Gallardo (1-1, 5.91 ERA) vs. Billingsley (2-0, 0.63 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo is coming off a solid win against the Chicago Cubs in which he went seven innings and only allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out six. However, the Dodgers are a far better hitting team than the Cubs which means Gallardo will have to make sure his repertoire of pitches are running on all cylinders.
Chad Billingsley currently owns the lowest earned run average in baseball among starting pitchers. He has only given up one earned run on eight hits in two games against the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates. However, like Gallardo, Billingsley will be playing a much better offensive team then the competition he has faced thus far this season. Milwaukee must jump on Billingsley early and not let him settle in if they want any chance of winning the game.
Wednesday April 18, 2012
Zack Greinke (1-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. Chris Capuano (1-0, 5.40)
Zack Greinke got roughed up pretty good in his last start against the Cubs as he surrendered eight earned runs, six in the third inning, on nine hits in 3.2 innings pitched. Greinke will be trying to bounce back which means we could potentially see a very good pitching performance. To get past the Dodgers, he will have to be on his “A” game and avoid the big inning.
Former Brewer Chris Capuano makes his long awaited return to Miller Park. Capuano is pitching well this season and is coming off a solid win against the Pirates. In that matchup, he only gave up two earned runs on six hits while striking out seven in 5.1 innings pitched. Capuano has faced the Brewers twice since departing from the team. In those two outings, he is 1-0 with a 4.63 ERA.
Thursday April 19, 2012
Randy Wolf (0-1, 10.61 ERA) vs. Harang (0-1, 5.91 ERA)
Randy Wolf is another Brewer pitcher who is looking to rebound from his last poor start. He got annihilated against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in which he gave up eight earned runs, six in the fifth inning, in 4.1 innings pitched. Wolf is struggling with his command in the early part of the season, something he must fix before he faces the Dodgers.
Aaron Harang has faced Milwaukee plenty of times before in his career as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He is coming of an incredible performance against the Padres in which he struck out nine straight batters, setting a new Dodgers record and one shy of the major league record. His career-high 13 strikeouts in that game were not good enough for a win as he took a no-decision after giving up four earned runs.