The Milwaukee Brewers (44-53) will host the National League East division leading Washington Nationals (58-39) at Miller Park for a four-game series. The Brewers are currently on a six-game losing streak after an embarrassing series in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Nationals have the best record in the NL and look to continue that dominance against Milwaukee.
Thursday July 26, 2012
Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 3.72 ERA) vs. Edwin Jackson (5-6, 3.73 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo got blasted in Cincinnati Saturday night as he allowed four earned runs (all in the first inning) on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched and only struck out a season-low one batter. It was the first time in 15 consecutive starts that he did not go at least six innings. It clearly could not have come at a worse time considering the Brewers desperately needed the win.
Edwin Jackson has hit a rough patch in recent weeks, something the Nationals want to see him correct if they intend on maintaining a lead in the East. Jackson took a tough loss at home against the Atlanta Braves in his last outing in which he only allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out nine batters in seven innings pitched. It was a huge improvement on his last three previous starts in which he surrendered 16 runs in that span.
Friday July 27, 2012
Michael Fiers (3-4, 1.96 ERA) vs. Ross Detwiler (5-3, 3.01 ERA)
Michael Fiers has made an impact this season and has shown Milwaukee’s management that he can be a member of the starting rotation for years to come, especially when the Brewers lose at least one starter to free agency at the end of this season. Fiers took another hard loss in his last outing in which he surrendered two runs, one earned, against the Cincinnati Reds.
Ross Detwiler is on some hot streak as he has yet to lose a game since May 19. He has also only allowed one earned run in his last 14 innings pitched and clearly wants to prove he deserves to stay in the starting rotation. These are some of the reasons why the Nationals are dominating baseball this year.
Saturday July 28, 2012
Randy Wolf (3-6, 5.46 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (7-6, 2.31 ERA)
It appeared Randy Wolf was going to get his second consecutive win Monday night until the Brewers bullpen had their second disastrous outing in a row. Wolf pitched outstanding once again and deserved the win but the relievers could not hold on as Francisco Rodriguez gave up a three-run lead in the ninth inning for the loss.
Jordan Zimmermann is another starting pitcher who has brought his game this season. He leads the major leagues in quality starts and has 20 consecutive outings with at least six innings pitched. This guy is a machine and should have a far better record if only Washington’s offense and bullpen played a little better in his starts. The Brewers will certainly have their hands full as Wolf will have to limit his mistakes to give the offense a chance.
Sunday July 29, 2012
Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.44 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (13-5, 3.13 ERA)
Zack Greinke and Gio Gonzalez will compete in an outstanding pitcher’s duel Monday night, assuming Greinke is still wearing a Brewers uniform by then. Greinke was sensational in his outing against the Phillies Tuesday night in which he allowed only one earned run on three hits while striking out five batters in seven innings pitched. He also managed to hit a home run as numerous scouts were in attendance to watch him play.
Gonzalez has been sensational for Washington this season and has played a big role in their success. He is coming off a solid outing against the New York Mets in which he gave up two hits and did not allow a run in seven innings pitched. This came just days after he took a loss to the Mets in which he could not get out of the fourth inning after surrendering six earned runs.