On Tuesday night, the Houston Astros took the field for the first a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The showing for the Astros was one of the best of their season so far, as they annihilated the Brewers in a game that finished with a final score of 10-1.
Repeating the brilliant performance tonight might be tougher for the Astros as their bats may not be quite as loud against tonight’s starter for the Brewers, Kyle Lohse. The two teams, who are amongst the bottom five in all of MLB, square off again with the Astros looking for their sixth win in seven games.
While the Astros have more positives than negatives in recent games, the Brewers are far from being able to say the same about their club. They have lost two straight games by a combined 15 runs while only batting in two of their own. Without their star player Ryan Braun, who was recently placed on 15-Day DL, they have not been able to get much of anything going.
Tonight’s pitching matchup showcases Milwaukee’s Lohse against Houston’s Erik Bedard.
Lohse has seemed to find his rhythm as he’s allowed only two earned runs over 14 innings in his last two ball games. For any MLB team, this would be a stellar performance from their starter, but the Brewers haven’t been helping Lohse out. His 3.16 run-support average is one of the lowest in the NL and if the Brewers want to even the three-game series, they need to do a better job in aiding Lohse tonight.
On the other side of the mound, Houston’s Bedard will enter tonight’s contest coming off a strong performance in a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. In a 104 pitch, six-inning night, Bedard allowed three hits with one unearned run. It was a very respectable outing for the Astros starting pitcher, and he will try to maintain that same level of play against the Brewers.
Milwaukee’s offense is struggling and you can expect more of the same tonight. Look for tonight’s game to be a low-scoring affair, coming down to a pitcher’s duel.