Remember when the Brewers used to win games on the road? Me either.
They'll get a chance to remind us what that was like today when they face Guillermo Moscoso (8.23 ERA, 5.36 FIP), who was pretty good as an A last season but has struggled notably in ten games as a Rockie. He's allowing 2.3 home runs per nine innings this season, although he's also been hurt by a .413 opponent average on balls in play. He hasn't started a game since May 4 or pitched in the big leagues since June 30. He pitched 5.1 innings for AAA Colorado Springs on August 6 and allowed five runs on eight hits.
Moscoso is 28 years old and in his eighth professional season. He made 21 major league starts for the A's last year but today will be just his third in 2012. He's been able to strike out 8.8 batters per nine over his career in the minors, but is averaging just 6.3 over 170 major league innings. He throws a low 90's fastball with a pretty steady mix of changeups, curves and sliders.
The Brewers have never seen Moscoso as a team and no current members of the team have faced him before in the majors.
He'll face Mark Rogers (4.08 ERA, 3.15 FIP), who hopefully got a good night's sleep after leaving the team to be present for the birth of his daughter this week. Rogers is likely auditioning for a spot on the team next season and has done reasonably well in his tryout so far, striking out over ten batters per nine innings while walking just two. He pitched seven innings against the Astros on Friday and allowed a run on just three hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out eight.
Rogers' potential major league future is likely to be determined by two factors: his health and his control. 2012 is only the second time in nine years he's been able to pitch over 100 innings, so the Brewers will likely consider shutting him down in September. He was also walking 4.6 batters per nine innings in Nashville this season, but his rate is around half that in his limited innings as a Brewer.
As of this writing the Brewers have not released today's lineup. If you've seen it, please drop it in the comments.
And in the bullpen:
Jose Veras pitched 1.2 innings (27 pitches) last night.
Manny Parra pitched one inning (14 pitches) last night.
John Axford pitched .1 innings (five pitches) last night.
Livan Hernandez pitched three innings (40 pitches) Monday.
Mike McClendon pitched two innings (24 pitches) Monday.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (8 pitches) Monday.
Kameron Loe last pitched on Sunday.
Jim Henderson last pitched on Saturday.
It's going to be a hot one in Denver today. Expect the temperature to hover around 90 for most of the afternoon.