The Milwaukee Brewers (32-37) will be taking on the Chicago White Sox (36-33) this weekend in their final interleague series of the season. The Brewers are coming off a series win against the Toronto Blue Jays that could have just as easily been a sweep. Meanwhile, the White Sox are coming off a series loss against their cross-town rival Chicago Cubs. Fans fail to realize this used to be a heated rivalry when the Brewers were a part of the American League.
Friday June 22, 2012
Zack Greinke (7-2, 3.10 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (8-2, 2.46 ERA)
Zack Greinke and Chris Sale will face-off in an epic showdown Friday night. The starters are a combined 15-4 with some of the lowest earned run averages in the National League among pitchers with their amount of starts. Greinke’s last outing came against the Minnesota Twins in which he stunned them for only one run over the first six innings. Unfortunately, he surrendered three more earned runs and allowed the Twins to tie the game.
Sale has been sensational this season but got roughed up in his last outing, which was by far his worst of the season. Sale was riding a five-game winning streak before his loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Over that span, he held opponents to four earned runs and struck out 43 batters in 36 2/3 innings pitched. However, in his last start against the Dodgers he surrendered four walks and five earned runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Saturday June 23, 2012
Randy Wolf (2-5, 5.11 ERA) vs. Philip Humber (3-4, 6.01 ERA)
Randy Wolf continues to pitch well but has not won a game since April 30. He has certainly been roughed up on the mound but he has also pitched several games in which he did not give up a run and still left with a no-decision. Milwaukee’s bullpen is to blame for that, as they have blown saves in four of his last five outings, including three straight starts.
Philip Humber, the first pitcher to throw a perfect game this season, will take the mound opposite Wolf during Saturday afternoon’s nationally televised game. Humber has struggled as of late as he has surrendered 21 runs in his last five starts, in which he was only able to get past the fifth inning once. He recorded a win against the Dodgers in his last start despite surrendering four earned runs on nine hits in five innings pitched.
Sunday June 24, 2012
Michael Fiers (2-2, 3.46 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.53 ERA)
Michael Fiers was outstanding in his last outing in which he had great command of his pitches against the Twins. The rookie recorded his second win of the season after limiting Minnesota to one run on four hits in seven innings pitched. It was by far his best complete performance this season and hopefully he can build off of it against the White Sox.
Jose Quintana is coming off his best outing of the season in which he did not give up a run on five hits in eight innings pitched against the Dodgers. The rookie only needed 77 pitches to get through those eight innings which means he certainly has the stuff required to get the necessary outs. In six starts this season, he has given up six earned runs.