The Milwaukee Brewers (19-28) will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (32-15) in a four-game series that could potentially put them out of the running for the division. The Brewers, who are already nine games under .500, cannot afford to lose four more games. Unfortunately, the Dodgers are definitely capable of making that nightmare a reality. Milwaukee will try to do all they can to rebound from a disappointing series loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks while Los Angeles will attempt to continue on their path of destruction.
Monday May 28, 2012
Shaun Marcum (2-3, 3.93 ERA) vs. Aaron Harang (3-2, 4.36 ERA)
Shaun Marcum has pitched brilliantly this season but imploded in his last start against the San Francisco Giants. He allowed a season-high six earned runs on five hits in six innings pitched. He struggled to keep the ball down which ultimately led to his demise. Marcum is now 0-2 in his last two starts but still manages to be one of the more consistent pitchers on the roster.
Aaron Harang is in a similar boat as Marcum as he looks to get back on track after a troublesome outing. Harang surrendered five earned runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched against the Diamondbacks. He has shown signs of greatness this season (13 strikeouts in his second game of the season) but has also given up three or more earned runs in six of his nine starts.
Tuesday May 29, 2012
Manny Parra (0-1, 3.70 ERA) vs. Nathan Eovaldi
Manny Parra is expected to make his first start of the season in place of the injured Marco Estrada, who will miss at least three starts. Parra has pitched very well in relief this season with the exception of his last outing. He allowed three earned runs on four hits in two innings pitched against the Giants last Wednesday. Parra has a great opportunity in front of him which he must take advantage of as this is probably the last time he will get a shot at being a starter.
Ted Lilly was scheduled to pitch Tuesday but it does not seem he will be able to due to an injury. It appears he will miss at least one start but the Dodgers have not confirmed anything yet. Nathan Eovaldi is rumored to be the person taking Lilly’s place in the rotation. Eovaldi is 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA at Class AA Chattanooga. He went 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA as a starter with Los Angeles last season.
Wednesday May 30, 2012
Yovani Gallardo (3-4, 4.19 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (4-2, 1.97 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo has been on a tear since getting rocked by the St. Louis Cardinals on April 27, in which he gave up eight earned runs in two innings before being taken out of the game. In his five starts since that game he has given up a total on nine runs in 31 1/3 innings. Gallardo will be looking to build off of his victory against Arizona in which he allowed only one run in 7 1/3 innings.
Clayton Kershaw has dominated for the most part this season. He has only surrendered 15 earned runs in 68 2/3 innings pitched this season while striking out 57 batters. His two-game winning streak was snapped in his last outing when he took a loss against the Houston Astros after giving up only a two-run homer in seven innings.
Thursday May 31, 2012
Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.66 ERA) vs. Chad Billingsley (2-3, 3.88 ERA)
Zack Greinke will be looking to rebound after his worst start of the season. He completely imploded against the Diamondbacks in which he could not locate any of his pitches. Greinke surrendered seven earned runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched. The Brewers tried to rally as best they could behind their best starter but Greinke could simply not hold on to any lead.
Chad Billingsley has had some fantastic outings this season, but he has also had some he would like to forget. That being said, he has still avoided the devastating start that most starters in the majors have experienced at least once this season. His best outing of the season was also his first in which he struck out 11 batters and did not give up a run. His worst was a couple weeks later where he surrendered five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Since then he has been everywhere in between so it is tough to say what he will do against Milwaukee.