The Milwaukee Brewers (38-44) will take on the Houston Astros (32-51) for the last series before the All-Star break. The Brewers are coming off a disappointing two-game losing streak in which they very well should have swept the Miami Marlins. Meanwhile, the Astros are trying to overcome a staggering eight game losing streak.
Friday July 6, 2012
Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.87 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (6-8, 4.81 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo was solid in his last outing in which he did not allow a run on three hits in a no-decision against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gallardo has been outstanding over the last month in which he has kept his earned runs to a minimum. Unfortunately, Milwaukee’s offense has hardly given him any run support in those games, which is why he has gone 2-1 over that span.
J.A. Happ has pitched well this season with the occasional bad start. He has allowed only 29 earned runs in 57 1/3 innings pitched this season but has been unable to keep the hits down. However, he has posted 11 quality starts this season, which is tied for the team lead. He pitched a gem against the Brewers in his last outing in which he took a win in a game he did not surrender a run.
Saturday July 7, 2012
Zack Greinke (9-2, 3.08) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (6-6, 3.54 ERA)
Zack Greinke could theoretically be pitching his last game in a Brewers uniform depending on if he gets traded. He made headlines this week after Tony La Russa, who claimed Greinke was not selected due to his pitching schedule, snubbed him of the All-Star game. Milwaukee responded by publicly stating they moved Greinke to pitch Saturday so he could play in the All-Star game. Greinke has a 5-2 record on the road this season.
Wandy Rodriguez is supposed to be the backbone of the Astros but has struggled as of late. He was outstanding in his first five starts of the season posting a 1.99 ERA. However, he has fallen off the wagon as he has posted a 3-3 record with a 5.07 ERA in his last nine starts. It is no wonder Houston is struggling to win games.
Sunday July 8, 2012
Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.31 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles (2-5, 5.40 ERA)
It appeared Marco Estrada was going to record his first victory of the season against the Marlins, however, the bullpen had a different idea in mind. The Milwaukee relievers surrendered 10 earned runs after Estrada only gave up two through six innings. Hopefully, he will finally be able to record a win this season when he takes on the Astros in the series finale.
Jorday Lyles was moving along fine until he had a breakdown in his last start. The Pittsburgh Pirates roughed him good Monday night when they scored seven runs on nine hits. Lyles only lasted four innings while the seven earned runs are the most he has given up all season. The one thing he has been unable to do his keep the opposing batters off the bases as he gives up his fair share of hits.