Category: Lineups

Brewers aim for 5th road win in 6 tries

The Milwaukee Brewers send Zack Greinke to the mound tonight looking to take three of four in Arizona. Milwaukee has won four of its last five games on the road, reversing their losing trend when away from Miller Park. Here is Ron Roenicke’s lineup for the ballgame tonight, which resembles something that you might see in game 1 of a playoff series should the Brewers’ win the National League Central.

1. Corey Hart – rf

2. Nyjer Morgan – cf

3. Ryan Braun – lf

4. Prince Fielder – 1b

5. Rickie Weeks – 2b

6. Casey McGehee – 3b

7. Yuniesky Betancourt – ss

8. Jonathan Lucroy – c

9. Zack Greinke – rhp

The Diamondbacks send their best pitcher to the hill in Ian Kennedy, a ten game winner with a 3.39 earned run average and 113 strikeouts in 135.1 innings.

Braun returning to lineup tonight

Brewers’ left fielder Ryan Braun was back in the lineup posted by Ron Roenicke for Tuesday nights game in Colorado. Braun had missed 10 of the last 13 games due to a nagging knee injury. Milwaukee was shut out yesterday in the opener against the D-backs and slipped to 2nd in the NL Central, so Braun’s return is obviously a much needed boost. Here’s the lineup for the game tonight:

1 Corey Hart rf

2 Nyjer Morgan cf

3 Ryan Braun lf

4 Prince Fielder 1b

5 Rickie Weeks 2b

6 Casey McGehee 3b

7 Yuniesky Betancourt ss

8 Jonathan Lucroy c

9 Yovani Gallardo rhp

Do I even need to say it? Go Brewers!

Brewers (39-32) vs Red Sox (42-27)

The Brewers send veteran lefty Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.20 ERA) to the hill to try and cool down the scorching hot Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park. Boston boasts the best record in the American League and has won 12 of their last 13 contests. Fellow southpaw Jon Lester (9-2, 3.73 ERA), who has never faced Milwaukee in his career, takes the ball for the AL East leaders. Ron Roenicke’s lineup for game two of the series looks a bit different than normal.

1. DH – Rickie Weeks

2. RF – Corey Hart

3. LF – Ryan Braun

4. 1B – Prince Fielder

5. 3B – Casey McGehee

6. SS – Yuniesky Betancourt

7. 2B – Josh Wilson

8. CF – Carlos Gomez

9. C – George Kottaras

In other news, the Brewers recalled reliever Mark DiFelice from Triple-A Nashville after designating Danny Herrera for assignment last night. DiFelice appeared in 59 games for the Brewers in 2009 before having shoulder surgery late in the season, forcing him to miss all of 2010. The right-hander went 4-1 with a 3.66 ERA in ’09 and should be available to pitch if needed in tonight’s ballgame.

Brewers (39-31) vs Red Sox (41-27)

Here we go – under the lights at Fenway Park to begin an arduous fifteen-game stretch against a who’s who of the American League. The first test is tonight versus former long-time Angel John Lackey. Lackey’s nowhere near the pitcher he was back in 2007 when he posted an AL-best 3.01 ERA, leading the Angels to a 94-68 record and finishing third in AL Cy Young balloting. Nevertheless, he possesses a hard sinking fastball and could give Brewer bats problems if his command is sharp. Milwaukee gives the nod to Shaun Marcum in the opener of this three-game set. The Brewers righty is no stranger to the Red Sox having played in the loaded AL East up til this season. In his career, Marcum is 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA against Boston in 16 appearances (11 starts). Lackey has never faced Milwaukee. Now onto the lineups for game #71 of the 2011 season.

Milwaukee Brewers – Shaun Marcum (7-2, 2.68 ERA)

2B Rickie Weeks (.290/13 HR/31 RBI)

CF Nyjer Morgan (.333/1 HR/9 RBI)

LF Ryan Braun (.312/15 HR/51 RBI)

DH Prince Fielder (.297/19 HR/59 RBI)

3B Casey McGehee (.230/4 HR/28 RBI)

RF Corey Hart (.284/6 HR/19 RBI)

1B Mark Kotsay (.252/0 HR/9 RBI)

C Jonathan Lucroy (.274/6 HR/31 RBI)

SS Craig Counsell (.221/0 HR/3 RBI)

Boston Red Sox – John Lackey (4-5, 7.41 ERA)

CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.314/7 HR/33 RBI)

2B Dustin Pedroia (.262/5 HR/29 RBI)

1B Adrian Gonzalez (.347/14 HR/61 RBI)

3B Kevin Youkilis (.254/10 HR/45 RBI)

DH David Ortiz (.314/17 HR/44 RBI)

LF Carl Crawford (.240/6 HR/31 RBI)

SS Marco Scutaro (.278/1 HR/10 RBI)

RF J.D. Drew (.225/4 HR/16 RBI)

C Jason Varitek (.229/3 HR/13 RBI)

Braun out of lineup for tonight’s game

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s flagship website, jsonline.com, Ryan Braun is out of the lineup for Friday night’s game at Sun Life Stadium. The back to back days of rest (Milwaukee did not play Thursday) should give the all-star left fielder a much needed break, as he has been dinged up all year and is currently dealing with a sore shoulder. With that being said, let’s take a look at Milwaukee’s starting nine for game #57 of the season versus Ricky Nolasco and the Florida Marlins.

2B Rickie Weeks (.291, 10 hr, 23 rbi)

CF Nyjer Morgan (.383, 0 hr, 4 rbi)

RF Corey Hart (.275, 5 hr, 14 rbi)

1B Prince Fielder (.291, 11 hr, 42 rbi)

3B Casey McGehee (.246, 4 hr, 23 rbi)

LF Mark Kotsay (.242, 0 hr, 7 rbi)

SS Yuniesky Betancourt (.226, 3 hr, 19 rbi)

C Wil Nieves (.163, 0 hr, 0 rbi)

SP Randy Wolf (.150, 0 hr, 0 rbi)

Greinke looks to end Brewers road woes

Zack Greinke enters tonight’s game with an uncharacteristically high 5.79 ERA (his career ERA sits at a solid 3.87), despite an outstanding 39-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He’ll look to shut down the Cincinnati bats, especially Jay Bruce – who leads the NL in both homers (16) and runs batted in (43). Let’s take a look at the starting lineups for game #55 (in parenthesis are each players batting average, home runs, and RBI).

Milwaukee Brewers (29-25)

2B Rickie Weeks (.282/9/21)

RF Corey Hart (.266/4/10)

LF Ryan Braun (.318/12/39)

1B Prince Fielder (.291/11/42)

3B Casey McGehee (.251/4/23)

C Jonathan Lucroy (.312/5/24)

SS Yuniesky Betancourt (.225/3/18)

CF Nyjer Morgan (.341/0/3)

P Zack Greinke (.250/1/1)

Cincinnati Reds (28-27)

CF Drew Stubbs (.254/7/23)

2B Brandon Phillips (.300/5/30)

1B Joey Votto (.330/6/30)

RF Jay Bruce (.294/16/43)

3B Scott Rolen (.254/2/18)

LF Jonny Gomes (.194/7/20)

SS Edgar Renteria (.231/0/10)

C Ramon Hernandez (.307/7/17)

P Chad Reineke (-/-/-)

As always… Go Brewers!