The Brewers have won six straight and a clean sweep of a four game homestand sends the Crew to San Diego just 3.5 games back in the Division and three games ahead in the Wild Card standings.
At 68-51, the Brewers are a season-high 17 games over .500. The Brewers have not been 17 games over .500 since 1992.
The Brewers and Padres will be meeting for the first time this season. San Diego won five of the seven meetings between these teams last year but it was those final two Brewers wins that sent the Padres into a one game playoff with Colorado and ultimately out of the post-season.
It’s been a free-fall for the Padres in ’08. Only Washington has a worse record in the National League. San Diego has just four wins in its last 20 home games.
August was the crumble month last season for Milwaukee (9-18) but this year has been a different story. The Crew is already 8-2 in August and hoping to distance themselves from the Wild Card pack with another successful road trip.
The Brewers have won 13 of the last 16 road games.
The Brewers have outscored their opponents 37-9 during their current six-game winning streak.
Brewers starters are 7-2 with a 1.98 ERA over the last 10 games (72.2ip, 16er) and have posted a 3.92 ERA for the season, second in the National League.
Jeff Suppan is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last two starts. Five of Suppan’s seven wins this season have come on the road.
Cha Seung Baek is 0-4 with an 8.18 ERA in his last five games (four starts) at Petco Park.
Adrian Gonzalez is 6-for-10 (.600) with one double, one homer and four RBI in his last two games. Gonzalez is hitting .468 (22-for-47) in 14 career games against the Brewers.
Brian Giles has two doubles, three homers and six RBI in his last five games.
Josh Bard (sore right elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list August 9.
Khalil Greene (fractured left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list July 31. He will miss at least six weeks and might be out for the season.
Brett Tomko (sore right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 1.
Shawn Estes (fractured left thumb) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 29.
Michael Barrett (broken nose, multiple facial fractures) went on the 15-day disabled list July 4 and will miss at least six weeks. He had surgery July 17.
Starting Pitching Matchups:
Tuesday: Jeff Suppan (7-7, 4.70) vs. RHP Cha Seung Baek (4-5, 4.90)
Wednesday: CC Sabathia (6-0, 1.58) vs. RHP Josh Banks (3-4, 3.77)
Thursday: Ben Sheets (11-5, 2.95) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (8-8, 2.68)
All three games in San Diego will be on FSN Wisconsin. Air times are 8:30 pm CST Tuesday and Wednesday, and 2 pm CST Thursday afternoon.
Ryan Schaber produces. Director Matt Gangl joins us on loan from the Twins while Michael Oddino fulfills his parole requirements, and Brian Mikolajek handles the Aaron Rodgers leash lengthening initiative.
Have a great week!