Don't look now but the Milwaukee Brewers are on a mini win streak over the past 7 games (which included a 6 game homestand, mind you). Tonight, Milwaukee will go for the 2-game sweep against the Dodgers. Last night Shawn Marcum was on fire. Plain and simple. His stuff isn't overly powerful, his delivery often looks sloppy, but this hurler is quickly rising the ranks as one of Major League Baseball's best pitcher. The RHP is now 5-1 on the season and a 2.54 era through the first quarter of the season; all 5 of those wins have been on the road and he has only allowed 2 runs (total) in that stretch. Through 7 strong innings last night Marcum surrendered only 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and 4 k's over 98 pitches. Most impressive was the fact that he retired his first 9 batters in order. That pitch count is pretty damn impressive. He labored in the 4th inning a bit when his pitch count shot up to 25 or so. All in all, Marcum has been the ACE of this team. Weeks (14) and Fielder (32nd) each drove in runs while everyone in the line up but the pitcher's spot and Gomez collected a hit.
You think Ryan Braun's weight training is paying off from the off-season? My goodness, he basically leads the NL in every statistacal category except slugging percentage (2nd to Berkman).
Zack Braddock will start for the Rattlers tonight in another rehab assignment.
Lastly, when will RR put Gomez in the 8th spot of the lineup and flip Hart up to 2nd? Honestly? Don't get me wrong, Gomez has been damn good out in the field and decent at the plate....but it's all for not when he's still in the 2nd spot.
Mitch Stetter (left hip injury)was placed on the 15 day DL, Sean Green was designated for assignment. Milwaukee has NO LHP options in the pen....not good.
Mike Rivera was summoned to provide power off the bench, not compete for catching spot with Nieves (I find that hard to believe).