The Brewers finished off a sweep of the Mets yesterday thanks to an excellent outing by Yovani Gallardo, and now its on to Pittsburgh where the Brewers play a twi-night doubleheader. The late game is a makeup of a game postponed in April.
Game 1 will feature Chris Narveson’s return from a brief DL stint with a thumb injury. He’ll go against Brewers’ nemesis Jeff Karstens, whose 2009 spat with Ryan Braun you might recall. Its worth noting that Karstens has never won a game against the Brewers, while Narveson is 3-0 career against the Pirates.
Zack Greinke gets the ball in game 2 against Pirates reliever-turned-starter Brad Lincoln. Lincoln will definitely be on a pitch count in only his second start of the season. Lincoln’s first start of the year was back in July, and it was quality (6 IP, 2 ER, 4 K, 3 BB). In his career versus the Brewers (8.1 IP), Lincoln has a 10.80 ERA with 4 strikeouts.
Doubleheaders haven’t been kind to the Brewers this year. I’ve heard that doubleheaders are often swept, and while I have no stats to back that up, it would be true in the Brewers’ case. The team has played two doubleheaders this year and has been swept in both: by Washington in mid-April and by Atlanta in early May. Both occurred on the road.
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