@ Astros, Again

Well, if you’re only going to win one game in a series, win the last one. It makes travel and an off day much more enjoyable. The Brewers dropped 2 of 3 in Denver, losing a series for the first time since being swept by Boston. The Crew begins a three game series versus the Astros Tuesday before returning home for another nine game homestand. It’s “go” time. This series marks the third with Houston in a five week span. The two teams have swapped sweeps and the Brewers hope the pWeeksR08RS136.jpgattern doesn’t continue. Houston dropped 2 of 3 to St. Louis over the weekend and have lost 9 of 11. Cecil Cooper has concerns about his offense and his bullpen’s workload as the Astros have yet to post a complete game.

 As for the Brewers, Rickie Weeks is on the disabled list until June 22nd with a sore left knee. Ned Yost has some tough decisions to make concerning the top of the order as he searches for the right combination to set up Braun and Fielder. With Weeks out for two weeks, Hernan Iribarren was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. He’s an excellent defender and a good left handed hitter. As a side note, Hernan told me the Sounds are making quite a rally up the standings after a sluggish start. He also added that Derrick Turnbow and Jeff Weaver have both pitched well lately. The Brewers have to make a promotion/release decision on Jeff Weaver by June 15 (unless Weaver extends the deadline).

IribarrenH08PS006.jpgWith 99 games to make up 6.5 in the standings, here are some nuggets for the Astros series:

The Brewers are 17-13 against its Central Division foes in 2008–best of any team in the division.

Russell Branyan is 8-for-22 (.364) in his last eight games–of those eight hits, five have been home runs.

Houston is 29-2 (.935) when tied or leading after eight innings this season–best in MLB.

Brewers at Astros, Last 12 Games (since 2007)
                     Brewers              Astros
Wins                    6                     6
ERA            4.06 (49/108.2)   4.26 (54/114.0)
– Starters    4.90 (35/64.1)     4.84 (36/67.0)
Walks                  40                   49
Strikeouts            84                   99

Milwaukee Brewers Pitching, Since May 26 (w/ MLB Ranks)
Record       10-3 (.769)    (3rd Best)
ERA          2.69 (35/117.0)  (2nd Lowest)
Opp BA     .223 (96/430)   (3rd Lowest)
Pitches/G   137.7 (1790/13)  (2nd Fewest)

Ryan Braun, March/April vs. May/June, 2008
                      First 26 Gms      Last 36 Gms
                     (Thru 04/30/08)   (05/01/08 & Since)
Batting Average        .273              .308  (45/146)
On-Base Pct.            .296              .348  (54/155)
Slugging Pct.            .436              .664  (97/146)
Home Runs                   3                13
AB per HR                36.7              11.2  (13/146)

Prince Fielder in June, Career
          AVG  OBP SLG
2006   .208  .280  .479
2007   .258  .377  .581
2008   .333  .448  .625

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