The Milwaukee Brewers (17-24) will host the San Francisco Giants (21-20) at Miller Park for a three-game series. This will be the second time these two teams face each other this season with the Giants taking the first series two games to one. Two of the three pitching matchups occurred in the last series which means fans could be in for quite a treat.
Monday May 21, 2012
Randy Wolf (2-4, 6.38 ERA) vs. Madison Bumgarner (5-3, 3.10 ERA)
Randy Wolf took a loss the last time the Brewers and Giants played each other so there is no doubt he will be looking for some revenge. Wolf allowed four earned runs on nine hits while striking out five (second most in a game this season) over six innings. Wolf has given up 10 earned runs in 16 innings pitched in the month of May. In his outing against the Chicago Cubs he did not give up a run in six innings but still took a no-decision.
Madison Bumgarner continues to pitch well this season, especially on the road. He has posted a 2-2 record with a 3.70 ERA in four starts away from San Francisco, however, if you take away his two starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks he is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA. Bumgarner had the Milwaukee hitters fooled in the first week of May. He struck out five hitters (one shy of his season best) and only surrendered one run.
Tuesday May 22, 2012
Shaun Marcum (2-2, 3.31 ERA) vs. Matt Cain (3-2, 2.67 ERA)
Shaun Marcum took a no-decision in his start against the Giants a few weeks ago after giving up three earned runs on five hits in six innings pitched. He has certainly pitched well enough in all eight starts this season to garner a win but Milwaukee has yet to give him consistent run support. Marcum is still the only Brewer starter to not give up more than three earned runs in a game this year.
Matt Cain has struggled on the road this season as he is 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA. The Brewers have played very well at Miller Park in recent years which mean Cain could have his work cut out for him. Against Milwaukee he gave up only two earned runs over seven innings in a no-decision. The Brewers struggled to get any kind of action going against Cain as he struck out 10 batters.
Wednesday May 23, 2012
Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.63 ERA) vs. Barry Zito (3-1, 3.00 ERA)
Marco Estrada is still searching for his first win of the season after taking over for the injured Chris Narveson. For the most part, Estrada pitches well enough to record a victory but always has one inning in which he gives up multiple runs and blows his chance. He has the right stuff to be a starter but overall the Brewers have struggled when he takes the mound. In the 10 games Estrada has appeared in this season Milwaukee has only won two.
Barry Zito seems to be back to his old All-Star self and lighting up teams on the mound. Zito has pitched very well this season with his worst outing coming in his last appearance in which he gave up four earned runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Zito still got the win for his second in a row. In 48 innings this year he has only surrendered 16 earned runs on 39 hits.