Friday, July 25, 2014

Preview: Game 103 - Mets at Brewers - Wheeler vs Gallardo


Preview: Game 103
New York Mets (48-54) at Milwaukee Brewers (58-45)

Probable Pitchers:
Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78 ERA) vs Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - 710 AM - First Pitch: 8:10 PM

Preview:

With Jonathan Lucroy helping both the offense and pitching staff perform at a high level, the Milwaukee Brewers are on the verge of their longest winning streak since April.

The All-Star catcher will try to continue his strong play and Yovani Gallardo looks to turn things around on the mound as the Brewers go for a fifth straight win Friday night against the visiting New York Mets.

After hitting his 12th home run in Thursday's 9-1 victory in the opener, Lucroy is 6 for 12 with three homers over three straight multi-hit games and is 9 for 22 with two long balls in his past five versus New York.

Ryan Braun and Khris Davis also went deep for NL Central-leading Milwaukee (58-45), which has totaled 34 runs and hit .329 with 10 homers while winning a season-best five straight at Miller Park.

Lucroy also has been behind the plate while the Brewers have posted a 1.75 ERA in their last four games. They haven't won five in a row since a season-high nine-game run from April 4-13.

Matt Garza bounced back from his previous rough outing Thursday when he gave up one run and two hits over eight innings. Now the Brewers are hoping to get a similar performance from Gallardo (5-5, 3.79 ERA), who hasn't won since June 19.

Following four starts in which he went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA, Gallardo is 0-1 with a 6.17 mark in his last four. The right-hander hopes to get back on track by winning his third straight start against the slumping Mets (48-54).

Slugger David Wright is 3 for 19 with eight strikeouts when facing Gallardo, but Lucas Duda is 5 for 10 with two home runs and Daniel Murphy is 6 for 15 with three doubles. Duda provided one of the few highlights Thursday with his career-high 16th homer as the Mets lost for the fourth time in six games.

New York's Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78) is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last four starts after allowing one run over six innings at San Diego on Sunday. The right-hander, however, did not factor in the decision while receiving no run support in the 2-1 loss.

Wheeler has pitched well on the road, going 2-1 with a 1.66 ERA in his last six outings. In his only career start at Miller Park, he gave up three runs -- one earned -- over five innings in a 12-5 win July 5, 2013.

Carlos Gomez went 3 for 3 with a double off him in that contest. The former New York outfielder is 9 for 19 in his last five at home and 12 for 26 in his last five against the Mets after Thursday's two-hit effort.

Braun is batting .383 with 11 RBIs over a 12-game hit streak for Brewers, who have followed a 1-11 stretch by winning six of eight to open a three-game lead over St. Louis and Pittsburgh.

Milwaukee's Scooter Gennett could miss his third straight game due to tightness in his quad, but New York's Ruben Tejada is expected back after missing the opener as a precaution because he was hit in the helmet by a pitch Wednesday.


Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

MILWAUKEE BREWERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. ZACK WHEELER (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Carlos Gomez331001001.0001.0001.3332.333
Jonathan Lucroy30000001.000.000.000.000
Aramis Ramirez00000120.000.667.000.667
Logan Schafer20000001.000.000.000.000
Jean Segura31000000.333.333.333.667
Rickie Weeks20000000.000.000.000.000
Totals134100222.308.375.385.760
NEW YORK METS CAREER STATISTICS VS. YOVANI GALLARDO (4-3, 3.64 ERA)
BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Bobby Abreu20000011.000.333.000.333
Andrew Brown21000011.500.667.5001.167
Travis d'Arnaud21000001.500.500.5001.000
Lucas Duda105102323.500.5831.2001.783
Curtis Granderson20000020.000.500.000.500
Juan Lagares20000101.000.000.000.000
Daniel Murphy156300303.400.400.6001.000
Kirk Nieuwenhuis51000012.200.333.200.533
Ruben Tejada62000110.333.429.333.762
Wilfredo Tovar20000001.000.000.000.000
David Wright193001238.158.273.316.589
Chris Young162000014.125.176.125.301
Eric Young Jr.60000002.000.000.000.000
Totals8921403101227.236.324.382.706
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