The Milwaukee Brewers (33-39) will take on the National League Central division leading Cincinnati Reds (39-32) in a critical matchup. The Brewers desperately need to take two out of three from the Reds if they want any chance of climbing back into the race for the division. Meanwhile, Cincinnati will be looking to pad their lead and separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
Monday June 25, 2012
Yovani Gallardo (6-5, 4.22 ERA) vs. Mat Latos (5-2, 5.20 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo looks to start the series off on the right foot when he takes the mound Monday night. Gallardo is in a solid stretch in which he has won back-to-back decisions and four of his last five. He has only given up more than three earned runs once in his last 10 outings and has pitched at least six innings in those 10 starts. He is certainly on his game and is looking to improve his record to 2-0 against Cincinnati this season after defeating the Reds on May 8.
Mat Latos is coming off a rough outing against the Cleveland Indians in which he allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in four innings pitched, but somehow managed to walk away with a no-decision. Seven of the eight hits he surrendered went for extra bases including three home runs. Latos has otherwise pitched very well this season and is a big reason why the Reds are in first place in the division.
Tuesday June 26, 2012
Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.50 ERA) vs. Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.19 ERA)
Marco Estrada is coming off the disabled list and will be making his first start since May 23. He strained his right quadriceps running on the base paths after hitting a double. He has pitched well in the starting rotation since taking over for the injured Chris Narveson. Estrada’s only problem is avoiding the one big inning in which he typically surrenders four or five runs.
Bronson Arroyo has gotten knocked around a little bit in his last few starts. In his most recent outing, he allowed a season-high five earned runs on eight hits and lasted a season-low four innings against the Indians. Arroyo has surrendered two home runs in each of his last three starts, which is bad news considering the Brewers enjoy scoring runs in bunches that way.
Wednesday June 27, 2012
Zack Greinke (8-2, 2.81 ERA) vs. TBD
Zack Greinke looks to continue his dominance this season after another impressive start. Greinke earned a win against the Chicago White Sox by pitching nine scoreless innings and only allowing three hits. He gave the Brewers an opportunity to score a run in the 10th inning to be victorious. It was one of Greinke’s most impressive starts this season and is just another reason why he is one of the most dominate pitchers in the National League.
The Reds have yet to determine who they will send to the mound against Greinke on Wednesday afternoon.