After Narveson was put on the DL with a torn rotator cuff, it appears that Marco Estrada (0-0, 3.00) will be taking his place in the rotation for the time being. Wily Peralta has also been called up in place of Kameron Loe, though it appears the Brewers do not yet have intentions of starting Peralta. So, the less stretched-out Estrada is making his first start of the season.
Estrada began 2011 in the rotation when Zack Greinke was out with injury. Estrada has two very good starts and two bad starts while mixing in a relief inning or two in between when Milwaukee didn't need a fifth starter. One of those starts, against Cincinnati, he pitched two hit ball over seven innings. However, his very next start he allowed seven earned runs to Atlanta in just 5.1 innings.
In the end, Estrada started seven games last year, with a 3.70 starting ERA. His overall ERA was 4.06 while he had a 3.67 FIP. One of his biggest problems, however, is giving up the long ball. In those seven starts, he allowed five home runs and has a 1.37 HR/9 over his career. Estrada is a serviceable sixth starter, though I would have like to have seen Peralta get the nod.
Estrada has not yet faced a Rockies player at least ten times.
Opposing Estrada will be Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 10.38). Pomeranz, the fifth overall draft pick of 2010, is a highly touted lefty who the Rockies acquired along with Alex White and two other minor leaguers from from the Indians for Ubaldo Jiminez. Pomeranz made his major league debut last season and had mixed results in four starts, finishing with a 5.40 ERA. The results certainly weren't mixed in his first start this year: He was bad. Pomeranz allowed 11 total baserunners while giving up five runs in 4.1 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pomeranz is extremely talented, however. To say he was fast tracked might be a bit of an understatement. After being drafted in 2010, Pomeranz made his professional debut in high A ball in 2011 for the Indians. He pitched 15 starts there and despite a slight lack of control was moved up to Cleveland's AA club where he made three more starts. Pomeranz was then traded to the Rockies as a PTBNL and made two more starts in AA for Colorado. He was then called up straight to the Majors where he made those four starts. He did shine in the minors, however, and despite a BB/9 approaching four, he also had a double digit K/9.
In his limited time in the major leagues, Pomeranz has favored his four seamer according to Texas Leaguers. He throws it about 60% of the time at around 90 MPH. He'll also throw a 78 MPH curveball (17%), an 87 MPH slider (11.5%) and several other pitches where the data probably isn't sufficient enough to even decidedly say that he threw them at all.
Pomeranz has not faced a single Brewers batter. Given the Brewers reputation against new pitchers, uh-oh.
Here's tonight's lineup:
Rickie Weeks 2B
Carlos Gomez CF
Ryan Braun LF
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Corey Hart RF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Mat Gamel 1B
Jonathan Lucroy C
Marco Estrada P
In the Bullpen:
Manny Parra pitched 1.1 innings (23 pitches) Thursday.
Tim Dillard pitched .2 innings (11 pitches) Thursday.
Wily Peralta last pitched on April 15 for Nashville.
Mike McClendon last pitched on Sunday for Nashville.