The Crew is really clicking now after sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays in the middle series of a nine game homestand. Milwaukee has won four in a row, 7 of 10, 23 0f 35 at home and has the best record in the National League since May 20 (following three losses in Boston).
In a remarkable twist, every team in the NL Central has lost 3 in a row (including the front running Cubs), except the Brewers, who have won four straight. Thus, an extraordinary climb in the standings as the Crew has picked up three games in the last three days.
The Brewers open a three game series tonight with Baltimore trailing the Cubs by 5.5 games in the Central Division standings.
Meanwhile, the Orioles have won three in a row as well, having swept the Astros at Camden Yards with a win Thursday.
These two teams haven’t played in Milwaukee since September of 1997. Baltimore has won four of its last five games against Milwaukee. The clubs have not met since the 2003 season.
The Brewers have the second-best record in the majors this month (11-5, .688).
After losing their first five interleague games this season, the Brew Crew has now won four in a row, outscoring its A.L. opponents 24-13 during this streak.
In seven appearances on the road, Friday’s starter Radhames Liz is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA, walking 14 in just 20.0 innings.
O’s 2B Brian Roberts has had a hit in 15 of his last 16 games, batting .348 with 11 runs scored and 11 RBI over this stretch.
Jeff Suppan is 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in six home starts this season. Dating back to last September, he has won his last six decisions in home games.
Russell Branyan has hit 10 home runs in his first 20 games (61 AB) this season. That is the fewest games it has ever taken a Brewers’ player to hit 10 homers (previous mark – 25 games by Carlos Lee (2006) and Rob Deer (1987)). Branyan has hit homers in three straight and in four of his last five games.
Hope to see you at the ballpark and remember Vote Brewers!