The Milwaukee Brewers (34-41) will try to get things going at home when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks (38-37) for the weekend series. This could prove to be an electrifying series as this will be the first time the Diamondbacks will play at Miller Park since they lost the National League Divisional Series in Game 5 last season. Hopefully, the Brewers will have gotten things together in order to defend their house.
Friday June 29, 2012
Randy Wolf (2-5, 5.32 ERA) vs. Ian Kennedy (5-7, 4.42 ERA)
Randy Wolf is coming off another start in which he left the game with the lead but ended up receiving a no-decision. This marks the fourth consecutive start in which Wolf was the victim of a blown save. He is still winless since April 30, but has been pitching decent in recent weeks. However, he has given up nine earned runs in his last two starts.
Ian Kennedy is certainly not pitching as he did last year when the Diamondbacks won the NL West. He has given up 67 hits in 61 2/3 innings pitched and has had a few six earned run outings. He is coming off a rough start against the Chicago Cubs in which he allowed five earned runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched. He still managed to walk away with a no-decision.
Saturday June 30, 2012
Michael Fiers (2-2, 2.70 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (9-3, 2.19 ERA)
Michael Fiers looks to continue impressing manager Ron Roenicke in order to make his case to stay on the roster once starter Shaun Marcum returns. Fiers has been great on the road this season only giving up two earned runs in three starts, but has gotten beaten up at home. In two starts at Miller Park, he has surrendered eight earned runs on 18 hits in 11 innings pitched while striking out 14 batters.
Rookie Wade Miley has been fantastic this season and his recent stretch of four starts have been the best of his young career. In 30 2/3 innings, he has only given up four runs and two walks while striking out 28 batters. Against Milwaukee on May 26, he recorded a win after surrendering three earned runs on eight hits in six innings pitched.
Sunday June 31, 2012
Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 4.14 ERA) vs. Josh Collmenter (0-2, 4.80 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo looks to continue his dominance against the Diamondbacks after getting an extra day of rest. He is an impressive 6-0 against Arizona with a 1.21 ERA in six regular-season starts, including his victory on May 25 in which he allowed one earned run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings pitched. Gallardo is the starter who tossed a great game in Game 5 of the NLDS. He is coming off of his first loss since June 5 after the Brewers were unable to muster any run support.
Josh Collmenter will make his third start in the place of the injured Daniel Hudson and his eighth start on the season. He was moved to the bullpen earlier in the year after struggling in the starting rotation. However, Collmenter has the Brewers’ number as he has a 1.17 ERA in three regular season games. He is coming off of two solid starts as he has only allowed one earned run on nine hits in eight innings pitched. He took no-decisions in both outings.