Back to .500! Now lets stay there! The best part about last night was seeing the bullpen throw 4 solid innings. The worst part about last nights game was that the bullpen had to throw 4 innings. The bullpen was great with 4IP, 1H, 0BB, 3K, but they have now had to throw 17 innings in the last 4 games. Overall, the bullpen has been overworked the entire season. Right now this is ok, but if Macha has to continue this trend, it could get ugly as arms get tired earlier then we would like. We really need our starters to get deeper into games. Speaking of which, Dave Bush threw 5 very sloppy innings. In his defense, he had some even sloppier defense behind them. The Crew has not sparkled in the field lately. Even a week ago, probably none of us would have expected this comeback. It looked really unlikely considering the Brewers left the bases loaded in the 3rd and 4th. In your mind you are thinking, you only get so many chances. But, the top of the order got it done. Weeks, Hart and Braun were spectacular and I would be wrong if I didn’t mention Bill Hall as well. Many of the bats are swinging well right now. The Brewers have scored 5 or more runs in 5 of their last 6 games and coincidentally are 5-1 in that span. Here is a preview for today’s game:
Yovani Gallardo tries to pitch the Brewers to their first sweep of the year, as well as getting the Brewers back above the .500 mark. Yo has been super in 3 of his 4 starts and really has only had 1 bad inning this year. He has only given up 19H in 26 2/3 innings this year which is phenomenal. Not only would it be nice to see him continue this run, but if he can continue to pitch deep into games and save the bullpen, that would be great. The Pirates send Ian Snell out to pitch the series finale. Snell, a lot like Gallardo, has been really good in 3 of his 4 starts this year. Snell also has really good career numbers against the Brewers (4-1, 3.60ERA in 5 starts). Snell has a plus fastball, so the Brewers may have a high strikeout day.
Let’s finish off our first sweep of the year and get back above .500! Go Yo! Go Brewers!!