The Milwaukee Brewers (10-12) will travel west for the first time this season as a part of their nine-game road trip. Milwaukee will take on the San Diego Padres (7-16) in a series they must come away with at least two victories. The Brewers avoided a sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals by shutting the door on their potent offense in thrilling fashion Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Padres are coming off a series loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Monday April 30, 2012
Randy Wolf (1-2, 7.17 ERA) vs. Joe Wieland (0-3, 4.76 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.
Joe Wieland is off to a rough start to his MLB career but the good news is he has improved in each outing. Wieland allowed six earned runs on six hits in his first career start, however; he has given up three earned runs in two starts on 10 hits since then. Unfortunately, he has taken a loss in all three but against the Washington Nationals, the last time he took the mound, he did not give up a run in the first inning for the first time this season.
Tuesday May 1, 2012
Shaun Marcum (1-1, 4.13 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez (0-2, 3.60 ERA)
Shaun Marcum got knocked around in his last start as he gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits in 5.0 innings pitched. He did strike out a season-high seven batters but also walked four, a season high. Marcum has allowed 16 hits in his last 11.0 innings which has to be a bit of a concern for manager Ron Roenicke.
Edinson Volquez, the former Cincinnati Red, is very familiar with the Brewers as he has faced them the last four years. Volquez is coming off by far his best start this season in a no-decision against the Nationals. He had season-lows in earned runs (1), hits (3) and walks (1) while he tied his season-high with seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. Volquez, like Wieland, is still searching for his first win with the Padres as he has taken a no-decision in three of his five starts this year.
Wednesday May 2, 2012
Yovani Gallardo (1-2, 6.08 ERA) vs. Cory Luebke (3-1, 2.61 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo is off to the worst start of his career and it is not even close. The Brewers so-called “ace” got absolutely rocked by the Cardinals in his last start, Friday night. He allowed a ridiculous eight earned runs on eight hits in only 2.0 innings pitched. In two starts against St. Louis this season Gallardo has given up 14 earned runs on 15 hits in 5.2 innings pitched. In his other three starts he has only allowed four earned runs over the course of 21 innings. He must find a way to rebound against the Padres in order to improve his self-confidence.
Cory Luebke has pitched great ever since his first dismal start of the season. He has received a win in three-consecutive outings and has only allowed three earned runs in 21 innings over that span. Luebke has also struck out 12 batters and only walked three in his last three games. He is clearly in the zone right now and it will take some collective hitting by the Brewers to rattle his cage.