Saturday, August 20, 2011
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (10-8, 3.30) New York - Chris Capuano (9-11, 4.58)
Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf looks to keep his unbeaten streak alive when he toes the rubber today in the second portion of a three-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Wolf is 4-0 with a 1.86 earned run average in his last four starts and threw eight shutout innings in Monday's 3-0 win over Los Angeles. Wolf scattered six hits, struck out five and walked five batters, improving to 10-8 in 25 starts to go along with a 3.30 ERA.
The southpaw, who is just 4-6 in 13 road assignments, will make his 34th career start against the Mets. Wolf is 12-5 with a 3.21 ERA over the first 33 outings in this series and recorded a no-decision against New York in a 7-6 win on June 8, when he pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.
Former Brewer Chris Capuano gets the nod for the Mets tonight and is 9-11 with a 4.58 ERA in 25 games, 23 of which were starts, this season. Capuano, who spent five seasons in Milwaukee, is only 1-4 with a 5.44 ERA in his last seven starts and has thrown six innings of four-run ball in back-to-backs outings. He was last in action during Sunday's 5-3 loss at Arizona and struck out six.
Capuano, a lefty, has also allowed nine hits in each of his last two appearances and beat Milwaukee in a 2-1 decision at Miller Park on June 7. He held his former teammates to one run and six hits in six frames.
The National League Central-leading Brewers pushed their division cushion to 7 1/2 games over the St. Louis Cardinals with Friday's 6-1 win over the Mets and stayed fresh after a nearly three-hour rain delay. St. Louis lost to the Chicago Cubs earlier in the day.
Shaun Marcum hurled seven strong innings and the Brewers offense knocked around the Mets pitching to open a three-game series with a 6-1 victory.
Marcum (11-3) allowed one run on six hits and a walk for Milwaukee, which bounced back from a 5-1 loss to the Dodgers to win for the seventh time in eight games.
Casey McGehee went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Prince Fielder had two hits, scored two runs and knocked in a pair for the victors.
Fielder and Mets reliever Tim Byrdak sparked a benches-clearing incident after Fielder grounded out to end the eighth inning, but both players said it was nothing and no punches were thrown.
Byrdak heard Fielder say something he thought was directed at him, and the players jawed at one another.
"It was blown out of proportion," Byrdak said later.
Fielder agreed, saying: "I don't have any problem with him. I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page."
Mike Pelfrey (6-10) took the loss after yielding four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and four walks in a five-inning start.
The Mets were coming off a series win at San Diego and were welcomed back to Citi Field by storm that resulted in a two-hour, 46-minute delay.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who turned 55 on Friday, was impressed with what Marcum did after the rain delay.
"I thought he threw really well," said Roenicke. "At the beginning I didn't see the velocity in his fastball. His changeup was great, his breaking ball was really good and then his velocity picked up. I thought he looked really good the last five, six innings."
Friday, August 19, 2011
|Harris at 2B|
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Shaun Marcum (10-3, 3.50) New York - Mike Pelfrey (6-9, 4.58)
The Milwaukee Brewers aim to strengthen their grip on the National League Central Division lead tonight when they begin a three-game series with the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Milwaukee comes to New York having won three of four at home against Los Angeles to up its lead in the Central to 6 1/2 games over the second-place St. Louis Cardinals.
The Brewers are 31 games over .500 (47-16) at home, but 10 games under (26-36) in 62 games away from Miller Park. They suffered a rare home loss in Thursday's finale with the Dodgers, as Clayton Kershaw went eight strong innings to help LA avoid a four-game sweep with a 5-1 win.
Marco Estrada (3-8) was handed the loss despite giving up just one run and three hits over five innings for the Brewers, who had a six-game winning streak stopped. Prince Fielder drove in the lone run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
On Wednesday in San Diego, David Wright hit a three-run homer to back 6 2/3 strong innings from Dillon Gee and the Mets downed the Padres, 7-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Gee (11-4) allowed just one run on five hits and four walks while fanning five to earn the win.
Angel Pagan had three RBI for the Mets, who won a series in San Diego for the first time since 2002.
New York is third in the NL East, 20 1/2 games behind runaway leader Philadelphia and 12 in back of wild card-leading Atlanta.
The Brewers will send Shaun Marcum to the mound tonight and he has won three straight decisions. Marcum hasn't lost since late June.
The 29-year-old Missouri native won 13 games for the Toronto Blue Jays while making 31 starts and has instantly become a success with the Brewers, who have won five of his last six starts while outscoring foes, 27-14.