The Milwaukee Brewers (13-18) will host the Chicago Cubs (13-18) for the first time this season. Chicago fans are expected to travel to Miller Park for the series but for the first time in maybe ever there will be more Brewers fans. In the past, Milwaukee fans would overprice their tickets and sell them to Chicago fans due to the Brewers simply never playing well. The Milwaukee fans could make a lot of money doing this so it was well worth it. Now, it seems times have changed and they are prepared to forgo the extra money to support their team.
Friday May 11, 2012
Randy Wolf (2-3, 6.68 ERA) vs. Matt Garza (2-1, 2.67 ERA)
Randy Wolf has a 6-11 career record against the Cubs in 23 starts but has a 4.22 ERA, including two shutouts. He is gradually starting to pitch better with each outing but still struggles with his command. The Brewers desperately need him to get it together quickly because they are in no position in the standings to have weak links in the starting rotation.
In his last time on the mound against Milwaukee, Matt Garza out-dueled Zack Greinke to get his first win of the season. He allowed three hits, struck out nine batters and did not give up a run over 8.2 innings pitched. He missed his last start due to the flu, but in his outing before that against the Philadelphia Phillies he struck out 10 batters while giving up only one hit in seven innings.
Saturday May 12, 2012
Shaun Marcum (1-1, 3.41 ERA) vs. Chris Volstad (0-4, 6.55 ERA)
Shaun Marcum has been the most consistent Brewers starter so far this season. He has given up three earned runs or fewer in all six of his starts while pitching at least five innings. The problem is Milwaukee’s offense has yet to give him any run support this season. In his best outing of the year, he went seven innings without giving up a run and still took a no-decision.
Chris Volstad has struggled for Chicago this season. Manager Dale Sveum decided to give Volstad a few extra days rest after he surrendered five earned runs on four hits in five innings pitched against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has given up 24 earned runs and 36 hits in 33.0 innings this season and is still searching for his first win since July 10 of last year.
Sunday May 13, 2012
Marco Estrada (0-2, 4.50 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (4-1, 3.03 ERA)
Marco Estrada will take the mound for the Brewers on Mother’s Day. Estrada is still searching for his first win after taking over for the injured Chris Narveson. He is still struggling to avoid the big inning which happened once again in his last start. Against the Cincinnati Reds, he allowed five consecutive hits and five earned runs in the fourth inning. He pitched lights out in the other six innings as he held the Reds to three hits.
Jeff Samardzija is easily the hottest pitcher for the Cubs this season. He had two rough outings in a row where he allowed five earned runs in each but since then has been fantastic. He has only given up two earned runs and struck out 23 batters in his last 21.1 innings pitched, taking a win in two of the three games.