A 3-3 road trip out west means the Brewers open a six game, seven day homestand 5.5 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central and two games ahead of the Cardinals in the Wild Card race. CC Sabathia, Ben Sheets, and Manny Parra will match up against the Astros at Miller Park.
The season series between these clubs is tied at six wins apiece.
Houston has won 16 of its last 21 games and will be looking to extend its road winning streak to five games in a row.
The Brewers have dropped three of their last four games after winning each of their previous eight contests.
The Crew is a Major League best 24-11 in one-run games this season.
Dating back to June 10 (when he was still with the Indians), CC Sabathia has won 10 straight decisions. Sabathia will be facing the Astros for the first time in his career.
The Astros are 15-5 since they last played the Brewers on July 27.
The Astros have won each of Randy Wolf’s four starts since he joined the team. The Crew is 24-13 vs left handed starters this year.
Ty Wigginton extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games with three hits, including one home run, on Sunday. He’s hitting .510 with five doubles, one triple, six home runs and 16 RBIs during the streak.
Darin Erstad extended his hitting streak to a season-long seven games Sunday. He’s hitting .370 with two doubles and six RBIs during the streak, and he’s batting .286 with eight runs scored and four RBIs in 12 games in the leadoff spot.
Miguel Tejada went 2-for-4 on Sunday for his 34th multi-hit game of the season. Since July 26, Tejada is hitting .333 and has multiple hits in nine of 21 games.
Brad Ausmus snapped a 0-for-11 slump with a third-inning single Sunday. It the first hit of the month for Ausmus.
Jose Valverde recorded his 31st save of the season Sunday. It was also the 129th of his career, tying him with Antonio Alfonseca for fourth place on the all-time saves list by Dominican-born players.
Kaz Matsui was placed on the DL August 16 with a sore back.
Carlos Lee was placed on the DL (pinky finger) August 10. He underwent surgery August 11 and is expected to be out for six to eight weeks
Ty Wigginton is hitting .510 with six homers and 16 RBI during his current 14-game hitting streak. Wigginton’s current hitting streak is the second-longest active hitting streak in the majors.
All games versus Houston will be televised on FSN Wisconsin with the first two games in HD.
John Walsh will produce, Michael Oddino directs.
Thirty seven games to go…here’s to a great week.
statistics courtesy of STATS, Inc.