The Milwaukee Brewers (44-50) will travel to the east coast to take on the Philadelphia Phillies (42-54) in a three game series. Milwaukee is coming off a disappointing series against the National League Central division leading Cincinnati Reds in which they were swept. Meanwhile, Philadelphia avoided a sweep against the San Francisco Giants by winning on Sunday.
Monday July 23, 2012
Randy Wolf (3-6, 5.60 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.96 ERA)
Randy Wolf recorded his first win since April 30 on Tuesday in a solid outing against the St. Louis Cardinals. Wolf surrendered two earned runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched while striking out six batters. He will have to keep the mistakes at a minimum in order to give Milwaukee’s offense a fighting chance against Roy Halladay.
Halladay is having one of his worst seasons in recent memory, which has been plagued with injuries. He recently jumped back in the starting rotation after spending two months on the disabled list with a strained right lat. He allowed two earned runs on five hits while striking out six hitters in a no decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tuesday July 24, 2012
Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72 ERA)
Zack Greinke could very well be pitching his last game in a Brewers uniform so it is important for him to have a good performance. He will be pitching on over a week of rest as Milwaukee skipped his last start due to fatigue. Greinke needed time to rest after starting three games in seven days, even though in the first outing he only threw four pitches before being ejected.
Cliff Lee is another Phillies pitcher who is having one of the worst seasons of his career. However, his pitching is not all to blame for his 1-6 record, as Philadelphia’s offense has struggled to give him any run support in a majority of his outings. Lee has given up five earned runs in his last 22 innings pitched while going 1-1 in that span.
Wednesday July 25, 2012
Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.10 ERA) vs. Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82 ERA)
Marco Estrada is still searching for his first win of the season and should have a good opportunity to get it Wednesday afternoon. Estrada has had several quality starts, as he has not given up more than three runs in a game since May 18. If he can avoid surrendering the long ball then he should be able to get ahead of teams.
Vance Worley is another pitcher for Philadelphia who does not have a terrible earned run average but simply cannot get above .500 in the win-loss column. Worley surrendered 13 of the first 14 batters he faced Friday night but received a loss against the Giants as he was tagged for six earned runs in six innings. If that does not sum up the Phillies season in a nutshell, I do not know what does.