Brewers@Twins, Round 2

The Crew enjoyed a day off Thursday in the Land of Lakes after a series victory in Atlanta.

The Brewers are now 7-5-1 in road series this year. The road trip continues at the Metrodome Friday night before a 4-game series in Arizona beginning Monday.  

Milwaukee and Minnesota are the two hottest teams in the big leagues right now. The Twins came into Milwaukee June 13 having lost 6 of 7 on the road trip and 5.5 games behind the White Sox in the AL Central. What a difference a couple of weeks make. Minnesota has now won nine straight, 11 of 12, and are sitting a half game back in the standings.

HartC08RS210.JPGRon Gardenhire’s club has swept three straight series (vs WAS, vs ARI, @ SD) and with a home record of 25-16, begin a long homestand versus the Brewers, Detroit, and Cleveland.

The Twins are looking for their first 10-game winning streak since winning 11 in a row from June 22-July 3, 2006. Minnesota’s pitchers have a 1.78 ERA and have not allowed more than three runs in any game during this current streak.

Minnesota has won eight of its last 12 games against Milwaukee, outscoring the Brewers 80-53 in these contests.

The Brewers are one of just four teams with 100 home runs this season (Marlins, Phillies, White Sox). They have 29 home runs in their last 14 games (10-4).

Corey Hart has 20 RBI so far this month, which is tied for the second most by any N.L. player.

Delmon Young’s eight outfield assists are tied for third most in the majors. Unfortunately, he also has six errors – which is tied with teammate Carlos Gomez for the second most by any outfielder.

Friday’s starters:



McClungS08RS039.jpgAfter going 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA through the end of May, Seth McClung is 3-1 with a 2.55 ERA so far in June. Opposing batters are hitting just .186 against him this month.

Nick Blackburn is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his two interleague appearances so far this season.

All three games this weekend will be on FSN Wisconsin with John Walsh producing and Michael Oddino directing.

There are still good tickets available for the fourth of July weekend at Miller Park. We hope to see you there when the Crew finally finishes this roadie!

-BA

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