The Milwaukee Brewers (67-70) will take on the St. Louis Cardinals (74-63) in a critical matchup that will determine their postseason fate. If the Brewers sweep the Cardinals then they have a chance of making a run at the Wild Card. However, if they are unable to do this their playoff dreams could very well be eliminated this weekend.
Friday September 7, 2012
Yovani Gallardo (14-8, 3.79 ERA) vs. Kyle Lohse (14-2, 2.81 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo’s incredible run with six consecutive starts with pitching at least seven innings was snapped in his last outing. Gallardo got lit up against the Pittsburgh Pirates in which he surrendered seven earned runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Hopefully, he can get some of that swagger back as Milwaukee will need it in a must win game against St. Louis.
Kyle Lohse has pitched a phenomenal season thus far, as he has been the most consistent pitcher on the Cardinals staff. His earned run average is among the top in the league and his .875 winning percentage is the best in the majors. St. Louis is hoping to ride his arm all the way to a Wild Card berth but unless the rest of the team picks up some of the slack, they could be in for a rude awakening come October.
Saturday September 8, 2012
Michael Fiers (8-7, 3.11 ERA) vs. Jake Westbrook (13-10, 3.93 ERA)
Michael Fiers suffered another rough outing, this time against the Miami Marlins. Fiers allowed four earned runs on six hits and was unable to get out of the fourth inning. He also committed two errors and walked four batters. Fiers has been sensational for the most part since being called up but the screws seem to have come loose as of late. He has given up 20 earned runs in his last five starts after going 10 consecutive outings without surrendering more than two earned runs.
Jake Westbrook is in a bit of a slump as he has given up 14 earned runs on 27 hits in his last 15 1/3 innings. Westbrook has also not pitched more than six innings in those three starts. It is critical he find the command of his sinker and the overall consistency of his pitches soon otherwise, the Cardinals could be in trouble.
Sunday September 9, 2012
Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.53 ERA) vs. Joe Kelly (5-6, 3.54 ERA)
Shaun Marcum has struggled with his command since returning from the disabled list and is still searching for his first win since June 8. In the three starts since coming back from injury, Marcum has allowed seven earned runs on 17 hits in 14 2/3 innings. If Milwaukee wants to make any kind of miraculous run in September, they need Marcum to be back to his old form.
Joe Kelly has stayed rather consistent this season but has still given up his fair share of runs at the worst times. One of the best and most efficient performances on the season came in his last outing. He allowed two earned runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out four batters. Overall, he has had a rather successful rookie season.