The Milwaukee Brewers (26-31) will host the San Diego Padres (19-39) this weekend at Miller Park. The Brewers are coming off a series win against their rival the Chicago Cubs and hope to continue that success against the Padres, a team they desperately need to beat. Meanwhile, San Diego is coming off a series loss to their division rival San Francisco Giants and has lost eight of their last ten games.
Friday June 8, 2012
Shaun Marcum (4-3, 3.39 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez (2-5, 3.42 ERA)
Shaun Marcum has been on a roll since giving up six earned runs to the Giants on May 22. In his last two starts, Marcum has only allowed a combined two earned runs in 14 innings while striking out 17 batters and walking two. In his last outing against San Diego earlier this season he did not surrender a run in seven innings pitched, however, he did leave the game with a no-decision. If the Brewers want to get back to .500 they desperately need Marcum to continue his impressive season.
Edinson Volquez has historically been tough on Milwaukee which means the Brewer batters better be prepared for a fight. Volquez and Marcum pitched absolute gems in their last outing together. Like Marcum, Volquez went seven innings without surrendering a run and also exited the game with a no-decision. He has lost 3 of his last four contests primarily because he has not been able to keep men off the bases.
Saturday June 9, 2012
Michael Fiers (1-1, 3.75 ERA) vs. Andrew Cashner (3-3, 3.81 ERA)
Michael Fiers hopes to rebound from a disappointing loss in his last start in which he gave up four earned runs on eight hits in five innings. The 26-year-old right-hander did manage to strike out eight batters in the process and his deceptive delivery proves to be a tough outing for any major league team that has not faced him yet, which is basically everyone.
Andrew Cashner will make his first start of the season as he has primarily handled the eighth inning for the Padres. Do not expect Cashner to throw many pitches as he still has to build up his arm strength to last multiple innings. He has given up five earned runs on 11 hits and struck out 15 batters in 10 1/3 innings pitched this season.
Sunday June 10, 2012
Yovani Gallardo (4-5, 4.50 ERA) vs. Anthony Bass (2-5, 4.21 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo will need to forget his outing against the Cubs and begin to build some consistency starting with the Padres. Gallardo seemed to have good stuff Tuesday night as he struck out 10 batters and allowed six hits, however, all of those hits counted as they were turned into five earned runs. Overall, Milwaukee had a terrible performance against Chicago but has won two consecutive games since then. Gallardo took the loss earlier this season against the Padres.
Anthony Bass has struggled since May 20 as he has given up 15 earned runs in his last three starts. Up until that point he has pitched a good season but he must figure out a way to right the ship before it spirals out of control. Like Volquez, he has struggled to keep men off base which has led to him unable to keep runs off the scoreboard.