The Milwaukee Brewers have won six of their last nine games, something fans are not used to seeing after the dismal month of May. There is no question the improved starting pitching is a big reason for this. That means if the Brewers want to keep winning the starters will have to put forth consistent quality starts. Right-hander Alfredo Figaro, who will take the mound against the Houston Astros Tuesday night, will try to record his first back-to-back quality start this season.
The 28-year-old gave up just three hits and struck out four batters in seven scoreless innings for his first win of the season. He also managed to collect two hits at the plate with one run.
“Figgy was real good today,” manager Ron Roenicke said after the 10-1 victory, according to Brewers.com. “The fastball command was there, and the off-speed pitches were over the plate.”
Milwaukee is hoping Figaro is able to put forth a similar performance against Houston so that the Brewers can get back to their winning ways. A sweep of the Astros would certainly be ideal before they take on the Atlanta Braves over the weekend. Not to mention, Milwaukee has had Houston’s number in recent years, which means a sweep is definitely realistic.
The biggest concern the Brewers will have with Figaro on Tuesday is keeping the ball inside the park. The third year player has given up nine home runs in 46 2/3 innings this season, while the Astros rank ninth in the American League with 71 on the year.