The Milwaukee Brewers (7-9) will host division rival Houston Astros (6-10) in a three-game series at Miller Park. Milwaukee is coming off a disappointing series loss to the Colorado Rockies and will be looking to rebound against a decent Astros team. Houston avoided a sweep by the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday afternoon when they won 12-0.
Monday April 23, 2012
Zack Greinke (1-1, 5.09 ERA) vs. Lucas Harrell (1-0, 2.55 ERA)
The Brewers have won all 19 games at home when Zack Greinke takes the mound and will be looking to win their 20th Monday night. Greinke has a career 12-0 regular season record and 1-0 postseason record at Miller Park as he seems to bring his best stuff when pitching at home. Hopefully, the offense will find a way to get going and give him some run support.
Lucas Harrell has pitched great for the Astros so far this season with the exception of a rough outing against the Miami Marlins. He has surrendered 14 hits and five earned runs in 17.2 innings pitched this season while striking out 10 batters. He is capable of walking hitters so the Brewers must remain patient at the plate if they want to be successful against Harrell.
Tuesday April 24, 2012
Randy Wolf (0-2, 8.80) vs. Bud Norris (1-0, 4.26 ERA)
Randy Wolf has struggled in the early parts of the 2012 season and is still searching for his first win. None of his performances this season can be classified as good as he has struggled mightily with his command. His last appearance came against the Dodgers as he pitched a season-high six innings and gave up four earned runs on seven hits.
Bud Norris has pitched good enough to win all three of his appearances this season but only has one victory to show for it. He surrenders a lot of hits and has given up nine runs in three games which means if Milwaukee’s offense shows up against him the Astros could be in trouble.
Wednesday April 25, 2012
Shaun Marcum (1-1, 3.79 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (1-1, 4.00 ERA)
Shaun Marcum has been the most consistent Brewers starter so far this season. If he was given any kind of decent run support he would have a 3-0 record. In three career starts against Houston, which all took place last season, Marcum is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA. In two of the three games he went seven innings without surrendering a run. Marcum may not blow past hitters but his command has been rather good this season.
The Brewers will be going up against another very reliable pitcher in J.A. Happ. Happ has gone six innings in all three starts and has only given up a total of eight earned runs while striking out 16 batters. However, he also gives up plenty of hits which would be the only negative part about his outings. Milwaukee’s offense must come alive early because if Happ settles in it could be a long game.