Today's Matchup: Milwaukee (Greinke) at St. Louis (Garcia)

Good try.

Today, the Brewers are trying to avoid what would certainly be a demoralizing sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Milwaukee certainly has the pitcher they would want on the mound going today as Zack Greinke (2-1, 4.56 ERA, 1.75) takes the mound. Outside of a slight 8-runs-in-3.2-innings hiccup against the Cubs, Greinke has been fantastic this season. If we were to disclude that Cubs start, he would have just a 1.80 ERA in 20 innings, with 23 strikeouts and four walks.

His best start yet this season was also his first of the year, and also came against the Cardinals. That day he allowed just four hits and struck out seven over seven shutout innings. Even better than the stats, Greinke's stuff was absolutely electric that day. The Brewers are hoping that he can have another start like that and, hopefully, also bring down the .381 BABIP that he is currently sporting.

Greinke has faced six current Cardinals at least ten times. Here is how they have fared:

Player PA Line
Matt Holliday 22 .381/.409/.667
Yadier Molina 21 .316/.333/.421
Rafael Furcal 18 .333/.333/.611
Jon Jay 18 .235/.278/.235
Skip Schumaker 16 .333/.333/.400
David Freese 15 .417/.533/.667

For the Cardinals, it's Jamie Garcia's (2-0, 2.49 ERA, 2.65 FIP) turn in the rotation. As a rookie in 2010, Garcia started his career off with a bang, posting a 2.70 ERA with a 3.41 FIP. Last year, he maintained his strikeout rate and cut back on his walks, but a slight uptick in both home runs and BABIP pushed his ERA up to 3.56 though his FIP improved to 3.23.

Garcia has started 2012 off with a dominant ERA and FIP, though his K/9 has dropped from a career 6.99 average to 4.97 this year. Garcia started against the Brewers on April 6 and made it six innings while allowing just two earned runs. Garcia gave up just five hits while striking out three. His best start this season was his last one, against Cubs. He pitched 6.2 one-run innings while allowing six hits and striking out four. Garcia has yet to allow more than three runs in a start this year.

Garcia features six pitches in his arsenal, according to Texas Leaguers: An 88 MPH two-seamer (24% pitch selection), an 81 MPH changeup (21%), an 88 MPH four seamer (19%), an 85 MPH slider (18%), an 88 MPH cutter (11%) and a 75 MPH curve (7%).

Garcia has faced six current Brewers at least ten times. Here is how they have fared:

Player PA Line
Ryan Braun 30 .267/.267/.533
Corey Hart 30 .462/.533/.500
Rickie Weeks 27 .273/.407/.500
Jonathan Lucroy 20 .200/.200/.200
Carlos Gomez 19 .211/.211/.368
Aramis Ramirez 13 .250/.308/.333

I've yet to see a lineup. If you have seen one, feel free to post it in the comments.

In the bullpen:

Jose Veras pitched one inning (20 pitches) yesterday.
Kameron Loe pitched one inning (15 pitches) yesterday.

Mike McClendon
pitched three innings (51 pitches) Friday
Tim Dillard pitched one inning (11 pitches) Friday.
Manny Parra pitched two innings (30 pitches) Friday.
Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford last pitched on Tuesday.

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