Brewers begin key Interleague stretch tomorrow

The next fifteen games on the dock for the Milwaukee Brewers will distinguish them as contenders or pretenders. The Brewers begin their Interleague schedule tomorrow with a three-game series in Boston against the 1st place Red Sox, the start of five consecutive three-game sets against American League foes. After a trip down nostalgia lane at Fenway Park, Milwaukee will then return home to the friendly confines of Miller Park to square off against the scrappy Tampa Bay Rays. The last time the Brew Crew faced off against the Rays was in 2005 when a young Prince made his big league debut. The Twins, who have suddenly become one of baseball’s hottest teams winning 11 of their last 13 games, will then come into town seeking blood versus their next-door-neighbor rival. The Brewers will then make their first ever trip to the new Yankee Stadium, playing three games against the powerhouse Yanks, also for the first time since 2005. Finally, Milwaukee will end it’s long Interleague stretch at Target Field for three more games versus the Twins. Without a doubt, this upcoming stretch will test the Brewers physical and mental make-up. It’ll be grueling, but if the Brewers come out alive and still in first place, their bandwagon will have reached capacity. The following pitching matchups against Boston are set in stone, while the rest are all projections – subject to change due to rain outs, injuries, etc.

Brewers @ Boston Red Sox

6/17 – Shaun Marcum (7-2, 2.68 ERA) @ John Lackey (4-5, 7.41 ERA)

6/18 – Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.20 ERA) @ Jon Lester (9-2, 3.73 ERA)

6/19 – Yovani Gallardo (8-3, 3.76 ERA) @ Tim Wakefield (3-2, 4.39 ERA)

Brewers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

6/20 – Chris Narveson (4-4, 4.48 ERA) vs. Jeff Niemann (1-4, 5.74 ERA)

6/21 – Zack Greinke (6-2, 5.23 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (7-5, 3.09 ERA)

6/22 – Shaun Marcum vs. David Price (7-5, 3.51 ERA)

Brewers vs. Minnesota Twins

6/24 – Randy Wolf vs. Scott Baker (4-4, 3.55 ERA)

6/25 – Yovani Gallardo vs. Francisco Liriano (4-6, 4.67 ERA)

6/26 – Chris Narveson vs. Carl Pavano (4-5, 4.20 ERA)

Brewers @ New York Yankees

6/28 – Zack Greinke @ Brian Gordon (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

6/29 – Shaun Marcum @ Freddy Garcia (5-5, 3.60 ERA)

6/30 – Randy Wolf @ A.J. Burnett (6-5, 4.09 ERA)

Brewers @ Minnesota Twins

7/1 – Yovani Gallardo @ Francisco Liriano

7/2 – Chris Narveson @ Carl Pavano

7/3 – Zack Greinke @ Nick Blackburn (5-4, 3.47 ERA)

After this 15-game run of AL opponents the Brewers will play seven home games (a three-game set against the contending Diamondbacks and a four-game series versus the surging Reds) before reaching the All-Star break.

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