Friday, April 15, 2011

Weekend Series Preview



The Brewers look to push their season high win streak to five Friday night as they travel out west to take on the Nationals.  After sweeping the Pirates in a rain shortened series, the Brewers find themselves 7-5 after starting the season 0-4.  Brewers pitching in the last nine starts are 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA with Narveson taking the hill for the Crew on Friday night.

Friday, April 15th
Chris Narveson (1-0, 0.00) vs. Tom Gorzelanny (0-1, 8.44)

Narveson looks to build on his two near flawless starts and looks to build on his already 13 inning scoreless streak.  Gorzelanny is coming off of a start against the Mets in which Gorzelanny pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs on four hits.

Saturday, April 16th
Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 2.70) vs. Jason Marquis (0-0, 3.65)

Gallardo is making this start with an extra day of rest. He didn't have his best stuff in his last start on April 10, allowing 11 base runners and four runs in just five innings in the Brewers' 6-5 win over the Cubs.   Marquis is coming off of a solid start in which he went 6 strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.

Sunday, April 17th
Marco Estrada (1-0, 5.14) vs.  Livan Hernandez (1-1, 3.50)

Estrada threw six shaky frames on April 6, allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out four in the Brewers' 5-4 win over the Braves.He hasn't pitched since April 9, when he tossed a scoreless inning against the Cubs.  With Hernandez, you know what you are getting.  You're getting a a veteran pitcher, who knows how to get people out.  You're also getting a 60 MPH 12-6 curveball.


Brewers Stock Up:  Nyjer Morgan:  The way Morgan has been playing, it's hard to keep him on the bench, whether its pinch running, pinch hitting, or starting, he finds a way to contribute.  With the continued lack-luster play of Carlos Gomez, and the return of Corey Hart imminate, you'd have to think Morgan will start seeing more time in center.

Brewers Stock Down:  Erick Almonte:  After starting the season with a solo shot, Almonte has since went hitless, batting only .077.  With Corey Hart a few weeks away, the writing is on the wall in regards to roster moves.  Craig Counsell could make this list too, as he is 0-8 so far this year, but if given regular playing time, that number would surely change.

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