The Milwaukee Brewers (9-10) will begin their nine-game road trip when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals (12-7) at Busch Stadium. This is another critical matchup early in the season as the Brewers cannot afford to only come away with one win again. The Cardinals are playing the best baseball in the National League right now which means the Brewers will have to be ready to bust out the bats if they want to come away with a series win.
Friday April 27, 2012
Yovani Gallardo (1-1, 3.65 ERA) vs. Jake Westbrook (2-1, 1.31 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo’s first start of the season came against the Cardinals on Opening Day in which he got rocked for six earned runs off seven hits in only 3.2 innings pitched. He did manage to strike out three batters but also walked five. Since then he has been excellent as he has only given up four earned runs in three games. Unfortunately, Gallardo has historically not played against the Cardinals well. He is 1-8 with a 6.17 ERA in his last twelve starts against them.
Jake Westbrook is part of an outstanding St. Louis pitching staff that ranks third in the National League with a 2.65 ERA. He took a loss in his last trip to the mound despite only giving up two earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates were able to hit Westbrook pretty good as they recorded seven hits off him, but also struck out six times.
Saturday April 28, 2012
Zack Greinke (2-1, 4.56 ERA) vs. Kyle Lohse (3-0, 0.99 ERA)
Zack Greinke is pitching well this season, despite the one bad outing against the Chicago Cubs. In Greinke’s first start of the season he tore apart St. Louis’s hitters as he struck out seven and did not give up a run in 7.0 innings pitched. However, that was at Miller Park where Greinke has been brilliant. This series will be in St. Louis which means an entirely different pitcher takes the mound. His only road game of the season was against the Cubs in which he surrendered eight earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched.
Kyle Lohse has been absolutely on fire this season and is a breath of fresh air for St. Louis fans after Chris Carpenter went down with a herniated disc. Lohse has pitched at least seven innings in three of his four starts this season and has only surrendered three earned runs on the year. The most hits any team has gotten off him are the Pirates with six, and that was in his last start. He is clearly on a mission to prove he can be the ace of the pitching staff.
Sunday April 29, 2012
Randy Wolf (1-2, 7.17 ERA) vs. Jaime Garcia (2-0, 2.49 ERA)
Randy Wolf has struggled mightily this season but put together his best outing in his last start. Wolf only surrendered two earned runs on four hits in 6.0 innings pitched against the Houston Astros for his first win of the season. His major problems stem from having no command as he has been unable to locate his pitches in all four of his starts. This is particularly not good considering Wolf will be going up against a Cardinals team that ranks first in the NL with a .269 batting average.
Jaime Garcia is another St. Louis pitcher off to a great start in 2012. The most earned runs he has given up in a game this season is three and he has also only allowed one run in two of his four starts. Garcia pitched well enough in his last time on the mound to garner the win but ultimately received a no-decision as the Cubs walked-off. In that game, Garica gave up one earned run on six hits and struck out four in 7.2 innings pitched. He has been great against Milwaukee in his career with a 4-2 record and 3.24 ERA in nine games.