The Milwaukee Brewers (28-32) will face off against the Kansas City Royals (24-34) in which former players on both sides will be playing their old team. The Brewers are four games under .500 and four and a half games out of first place in the tightly packed National League Central division. Milwaukee will need to do some damage in Kansas City to keep pace with three other teams ahead of them. On the other hand, the Royals are on a four-game losing streak and would like nothing more than to break out of it at home.
Tuesday June 12, 2012
Zack Greinke (7-2, 3.13 ERA) vs. Luis Mendoza (2-3, 5.36 ERA)
Zack Greinke will make his highly anticipated return to Kansas City in which he got his start and won the 2009 Cy Young Award. It would be a good call to bet on Greinke having a solid performance against his former team. I fully expect him to play above and beyond his usual self, as I am sure fans will get to see something special on Tuesday night. Greinke was phenomenal against the Chicago Cubs in his last outing as he went seven innings without surrendering a run and struck out a season-high 12 batters.
Luis Mendoza will be starting on Tuesday instead of Felipe Paulino, who was placed on the disabled list after straining his right groin. Mendoza has posted a 1-2 record with a 6.08 ERA in five starts this season. He took a loss in his last outing but should not be fully blamed considering he only surrendered two earned runs on five hits in five innings pitched.
Wednesday June 13, 2012
Randy Wolf (2-5, 5.45 ERA) vs. Luke Hochevar (3-7, 6.57 ERA)
Randy Wolf has yet to win a game since April 30 even though he has pitched several quality outings since then. In his last start, he did not allow a run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched but somehow managed to exit the game with a no-decision after the Brewers gave up the lead. He did strike out six batters, a season high, which could mean he his finding his command again.
Luke Hochevar has struggled this season with the big inning in which 22 of his 47 total earned runs have occurred in merely four innings on the mound. Hochevar has lost four of his last five starts and has been giving up hits in bunches. He has allowed 10 earned runs in his last 10 2/3 innings, which means he could be heading for trouble against a Milwaukee team that certainly knows how to hit.
Thursday June 14, 2012
Shaun Marcum (5-3, 3.50 ERA) vs. TBD
Shaun Marcum looks to continue his dominance on the mound this season. Marcum is once again having an outstanding first half of the season and is certainly one of the bright spots of Milwaukee’s inconsistent pitching rotation. He has won his last three consecutive starts in which he has allowed only five earned runs and struck out 23 batters in 19 2/3 innings pitched.
With Paulino on the disabled list, the Royals have yet to announce who will take his spot in the starting rotation.