Thursday, September 3, 2009

Spoiler Opportunity #1-Brewers/Giants Preview

The Brewers started September with an uninspiring thud.....losing 2 out of 3 to St. Louis to fall 13 games out of first while the Giants are 1 game behind the Rockies in the NL Wild Card race which is definitely the most entertaining pennant race in baseball right now. With that said it's time to take a look at the matchups.

Brewers (65-68) vs. Giants (73-61)
Suppan (6-8 5.20 era 81 ERA+) vs. Zito (9-11 3.94 era 110 ERA+)

A battle of two pitchers who are not as good as their massive contracts indicate. At this point, the bar is set so low with Jeff Suppan that anytime he gives up less than 5 runs in a game is a miracle. He actually pitched well in his last start....and I don't have much faith in his ability to string together two straight good starts. Speaking of large contracts, Zito has taken a lot of heat for not living up to his $126 million mega contract. Unlike Suppan, Zito is at least pitching decently this year even if he's not getting the wins.

Gallardo (12-10 3.56 era 119 ERA+) vs. Cain (12-4 2.50 era 173 ERA+)

The Brewers one solid starting pitcher takes the hill Saturday and as usual he is taking the hill against the opposing team's best pitcher (or in this case someone who would be the best pitcher in any rotation w/o Tim Lincecum in it). This will likely be the most captivating game of the series. Gallardo gets a chance to show he's a legit pitcher on the national television and Cain gets a chance to help his Cy Young case and the Giants playoff hopes.

Looper (11-6 4.92 era 86 ERA+) vs. Sanchez (6-11 4.15 era 104 ERA+)

Braden Looper gets the start Sunday and another chance to increase his home runs allowed total. Coming into Sunday's game, the Looper has given up 33 homers leaving him tied for 153rd all time. The Giants start Sanchez who has recovered from a slow start to throw a no-hitter against the Padres and pitch well for the last couple of months.

Well, that's what is on tap for the Brewers...........a team that is a sweep away from .500

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