The Milwaukee Brewers (12-16) will host division rival Cincinnati Reds (14-13) for a three-game series at Miller Park. Milwaukee has taken a series-loss in their last three series and will be looking to get out of their funk against the Reds. Meanwhile, Cincinnati is coming off a series-loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Monday May 7, 2012
Marco Estrada (0-1, 3.71 ERA) vs. Bronson Arroyo (1-1, 3.03 ERA)
Marco Estrada will make his third start of the season since replacing the injured Chris Narveson. Estrada will be pitching with nine days of rest as Milwaukee skipped his last outing. His first start, which came against the Colorado Rockies, was solid as he went 5.0 innings and only surrendered one run on two hits. His second start was far different as he gave up four earned runs on seven hits against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bronson Arroyo has pitched similar to Estrada in the sense that he will either have a phenomenal outing or he will get knocked around. Either way, he is going to give up hits. In 32.2 innings pitched this season he has surrendered 36 hits and has given up at least nine hits in three of his five starts. The Brewers are definitely capable of racking up hits, especially at Miller Park so Arroyo better be on his game.
Tuesday May 8, 2012
Yovani Gallardo (1-3, 5.79 ERA) vs. Homer Bailey (1-2, 3.77 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo has gone four consecutive starts without a victory, taking two losses in that span. After getting absolutely blasted by the Cardinals he rebounded with a decent start against the San Diego Padres. Unfortunately, Milwaukee’s offense was incapable of giving him any kind of run support as they did not cross the plate once. Gallardo took the loss after giving up three earned runs in 7.0 innings pitched.
Homer Bailey has struggled as of late giving up five earned runs and 16 hits in his last two starts, both no-decisions. He gave up three solo home runs in his last outing against the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers are tied for second in the National League in home runs and love to hit them at home which means Bailey must keep the ball down.
Wednesday May 9, 2012
Zack Greinke (3-1, 4.11 ERA) vs. Johnny Cueto (4-0, 1.31 ERA)
Zack Greinke will look to keep the winning streak alive at home. The Brewers are 18-0 (20-0 including postseason) at Miller Park when Greinke is on the mound. In those starts he is 13-0 as he seems to have a comfort zone pitching in Milwaukee. It is not like he has pitched lights out in all 18 of those games, but for whatever reason Milwaukee’s offense loves to give him some run support.
Johnny Cueto has pitched outstanding this season winning four of his six starts. He has pitched at least seven innings in four appearances, including a complete game in his last outing against the Pirates. Cueto has given up a total of six earned runs this season and has only surrendered more than one earned run in one appearance. There is no doubt the fans will get a fantastic pitching duel when Greinke and Cueto go head-to-head in the series finale.