It’s time to break out the winter jackets and grab a big plate of squeaky cheese curds, because the Arizona Diamondbacks are in Milwaukee. After the 16-inning game on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, the D’backs flew to Wisconsin and landed at sunrise for a three game series with the Brewers.
The Diamondbacks are coming off a series win against the St. Louis Cardinals: a series that featured a little bit of everything. Arizona grabbed victories on Monday and Wednesday to take the series. Okay, now that we’re all up to speed, let’s talk about the weekend! As I write this, I’m beginning to realize how much I dislike when the D’backs have an off day because I don’t know what to do when Diamondbacks baseball isn’t on. Oh well, that all changes tomorrow.
First, for the Milwaukee Brewers. Kyle Lohse will start for the Crew on Friday night. This will be his first start of the year. It was strange off season for Lohse because he wasn’t picked up until the final week of March. I thought it was so weird to see Lohse just sitting and waiting. Kyle spent most of the off season throwing to college guys. Lohse finished last year with a 2.86 ERA, which was good enough for 5th in the National League. The Brewers dropped two of three games against the Colorado Rockies earlier this week and enter the game with a 1-2 record. I don’t see Milwaukee being a playoff team but I still get nightmares when I think about playing at Miller Park (cough, cough NLDS). It might be somewhat worth noting that the Brewers have the best home record in baseball since 2011.
Wade Miley will get the ball for Arizona. I think we all know how 2012 went for Wade and if he can be half as great as we was last year, than things look alright. Miley went 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA in 32 appearances last year. After a dead arm sidelined him for the beginning of the off season, Miley returned to action and racked up close to 14 innings this spring. The lack of innings doesn’t worry me-he’s ready to go. Also, I don’t care what it takes, but I will get one of those Wade Miley garden gnomes this year. Mark my words!
I hope everyone has caught up on their rest after the game on Wednesday and are ready for more baseball. The Brewers and D’backs split their six meetings last year right down the middle and the Snakes are 25-26 all time in “Brew City.”
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