Friday, May 31, 2013

Series Preview- Brew Crew

Milwaukee Brewers (19-33) @ Philadelphia Phillies (26-28)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday, 7:05 - Yovani Gallardo vs. C'mon Hamels
Saturday, 4:05 - Mike Fiers vs. Tyler Cloyd
Sunday, 1:35 - Wily Peralta vs Cliff Lee

Beer Makers Bats:
R - 208 (22nd)
AVG - .256 (13th)
OPS - .719 (17th)

The Brewers have 5 players that are rocking this year- Jean Segura/SS leads the NL in batting average (.358), Ryan Braun/LF continues to kill it (.304/.928), Aramis Ramirez/3B is holding steady (.305/.889), Norichika Aoki/RF is a solid leadoff hitter (.369 OBP), and Carlos Gomez/CF is having a breakout season (.326/.957, 10 HR, 10 SB).  First base, second base, and catcher have are their weaknesses.  Make no mistake, this is a potent offense primed for an explosion at any time.

Beer Makers Arms:
ERA - 4.55 (27th)
WHIP - 1.38 (26th)

Horrible starting pitching and an inconsistent bullpen are the reasons this club isn't higher in the standings.  Francisco Rodriguez is currently the closer after John Axelrod lost the distinction earlier in the season and Jim Henderson came up lame with a hamstring issue.  The three guys starting the games this series have been lackluster- Gallardo (4.79/1.48), Fiers (5.66/1.26), and Peralta (6.35/1.73).

Prediction:
Brewers take 2 outta 3 and win games by a large margin.  A Hamels meltdown is a good possibility. 

3 comments:

Preserve Jon said...

Could someone kindly inform RAJ that Horst is clueless out there. I watched him throw several pitches last night where his mechanics were so bad there is no possible way he could have thrown a strike. When working from the stretch he has no balance and no consistent arm slot. His release point was also consistently early. There's no way to know, but I would bet that his front foot was landing all over the place.

I don't know if there are any viable options out there, but I have a potential solution. Give Pettibone a chance to continue pitching in the rotation until the scouts get a good book on him. When Lannan is healthy put him in the 'pen - to replace Horst - as the long man until Pettiebone falters.

If the Zambrano craziness works out, then give him a start before the end of June and move Lannan back to the 'pen.

GM-Carson said...

Lannan takes Cloyd's spot in the rotation.

I am in favor of seeing what Big Z has to offer though too.

Andrew said...

Prediction:

Every Brewers starting pitcher lowers their ERA by at least 1.0 points