The difference between Shaun Marcum’s home and road performances are starting to scare me a bit. But I guess we need that one guy who’s the exact opposite of the rest of the pitchers on the team.
The Brewers defeated the Cubs today, 5-1, and evened up this series at 1-1. The Brewers also whittled their magic number down to three, and it’ll stay that way for the night, as the Cardinals just out-slugged the Mets, 11-6. But, if you think about it, that may be a good thing, since the Brewers are now forced to clinch the Central at home (tomorrow is the last road game of the season).
Marcum continued his road dominance today, going eight innings (tying a season-high) while giving up just one run on five hits. He struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter. Marcum’s road ERA coming into today was 2.31, so I’m guessing it either fell to the low-2.00’s or into the 1.00’s. Anyway, the scary thing is Marcum’s road ERA is more than two runs lower than his home ERA. But, that could be very beneficial for the Brewers in the postseason, and gives them multiple ways to align their rotation, whether or not they start at home or on the road.
Most of the offense for the Brewers came in the third inning, and it all started with Randy Wells giving up a double to Marcum. Corey Hart followed with a RBI double. Then, Nyjer Morgan and Ryan Braun both hit RBI singles to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead. Rickie Weeks also added a RBI single in that inning. Weeks would later ground into a force out in the fifth inning to give the Brewers their fifth and final run. The only run the Cubs would score was on a Starlin Castro homer in the sixth inning.
Anyway, we all know that Francisco Rodriguez hates pitching in non-save situations. So Ron Roenicke put him into the ninth inning today, but in another non-save situation (which I find kind of funny). But, K-Rod ended up striking out the side in the ninth, so he must not hate it that much.
The Brewers will go for a series win tomorrow at 1:20 PM CT, and will send Randy Wolf (13-9, 3.45 ERA) to the mound. Wolf is coming off a good start against the Reds, in which he went 7+ innings while giving up three runs and picked up the win. He hasn’t had great success against the Cubs in his career- he’s 6-10 with a 4.01 ERA against them- but is doing slightly better this year, as he has an ERA around 2.00.
The Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (8-10, 3.51 ERA). He went nine innings in his last start against the Astros, but still took a no-decision. Garza is 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two career starts against the Brewers.
By the way, sorry for a post shorter than usual tonight. It’s been kind of a stressful week thus far, but I’m still trying to find time to get posts up.