The Milwaukee Brewers (52-61) will continue their road trip against the Colorado Rockies (41-71), who are last place in the National League West. The Brewers are coming off a disappointing series loss to the Houston Astros, while the Rockies only took one game from the San Francisco Giants.
Monday August 13, 2012
Michael Fiers (6-4, 1.80 ERA) vs. Jeff Francis (3-4, 6.06 ERA)
Michael Fiers had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds before it was broken up. The Reds threatened in the seventh but Fiers was able to get out of it in front of a sold out crowd at Miller Park. He allowed only one earned run on three hits in eight innings pitched. Fiers has now gone nine consecutive games with only giving up two runs or fewer.
Jeff Francis has struggled as of late, allowing 14 earned runs on 19 hits in 11 2/3 innings in his last three starts posting a 0-3 record over that span. It is not as if Francis was pitching lights out this season but this is by far his worst stretch of games this year. The Brewers have been doing well offensively so Francis could be in trouble if he is unable to control his command.
Tuesday August 14, 2012
Randy Wolf (3-8, 5.46 ERA) vs. Tyler Chatwood (2-2, 5.06 ERA)
Randy Wolf pitched well against Cincinnati as he gave up two earned runs on six hits in six innings pitched. He also struck out seven batters, which tied his season high and although he took a no-decision, the Brewers still won for the first time since July 17 with him on the mound. Wolf will be looking for his first win since that outing so expect him to pitch well against a struggling Rockies team.
Tyler Chatwood received Colorado’s only win against the Giants over the weekend by pitching five scoreless innings while surrendering three hits. It was his first win since April 14 after bouncing back and forth from the minor leagues and spending most of his time in the majors as a reliever this season.
Wednesday August 15, 2012
Mark Rogers (0-1, 4.08 ERA) vs. TBD
Mark Rogers was robbed of his first major league win Friday night after giving a stellar performance against the Astros. He allowed only one earned run on three hits while striking out a career-high eight batters in seven innings pitched. Unfortunately, for the second time this season closer John Axford was unable to hold on and blew the save for Rogers. The good news is Rogers is improving before our very eyes and is proving that he deserves to stay in the starting rotation.
Colorado has still not determined who will start against Rogers.