Friday, September 27, 2013

Preview: Game 160 - Brewers at Mets - Gallardo vs Torres


Milwaukee Brewers (72-87) at New York Mets (73-86) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
Y. Gallardo (R) 30 11-10 4.236.06-43.839/21STLL7.0421-120.03.60
C. Torres (R) 8 4-5 3.365.03-22.409/22@PHIW6.0721-114.02.57

Preview:

The Milwaukee Brewers (72-87) have won eight of nine visits to Flushing after taking the opener of this four-game set 4-2 on Thursday.

Carlos Gomez is scheduled to return from his suspension Friday night when the Brewers attempt to continue their success at Citi Field.

The center fielder is expected back in the lineup, and that should provide a lift. He leads Milwaukee with a career-high 23 homers and his 71 RBIs are a personal best.

That power and production has been on display over the past nine games. He's only 7 for 32 (.219) in that stretch, but has four homers, a double, triple and eight RBIs.

Milwaukee looks to win for the fifth time in six games overall as it sends Yovani Gallardo (11-10, 4.23 ERA) to the mound.

The right-hander has been impressive since returning from a strained left hamstring, going 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in seven starts.

He had been 2-3 with a 7.22 ERA over his previous seven outings.



Gallardo's season ERA is his highest in seven years in the majors, while his 138 strikeouts follow four straight seasons of at least 200.

He earned a 7-6 home win over the Mets (73-86) on July 6, allowing four runs in six innings.

Gallardo has had little trouble with David Wright, limiting him to 3 for 19 with a homer.

Wright left the series opener after he was hit in the head by a changeup from Johnny Hellweg in the third inning. The All-Star third baseman is 6 for 15 with two homers and three RBIs in five games after returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for 46.

Eric Young Jr. is looking to move into sole possession of the NL lead in stolen bases after getting two Thursday to tie Milwaukee's Jean Segura at 44.

Young has swiped five bases over the past seven games, while Segura has been sidelined for eight with a hamstring strain.

Getting the ball for the Mets will be Carlos Torres (4-5, 3.36), who probably shouldn't expect much offensive support.

New York has averaged 2.6 runs and batted .210 over its last 19 games.

Torres, though, didn't need much help in Sunday's 4-3 win at Philadelphia. He allowed two runs with six strikeouts over six innings to outpitch Cliff Lee.

He had been 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA while giving up five homers over the previous three games - two starts.
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