Maybe they'll actually score some runs in this one.
Rockies lead the series 1-0
|Fri 06/18|| WP: Jason Hammel (5 - 3) |
SV: Manuel Corpas
LP: Manny Parra (1 - 5)
|0 - 2 loss|
|Sun 06/20||2:10 PM CDT|
Follow the jump for tonight's pitching matchup, lineup and more!
Jeff Francis (3.29 ERA, 3.44 FIP) is only making his seventh start, but he's on pace to have the best season of his career after missing all of 2009. Francis doesn't strike many batters out (just 4.5 per nine innings), but isn't allowing many hits (8.7/9) or home runs (0.5/9). He's allowed just four earned runs over 14 innings in his last two starts against the Astros and Blue Jays.
Francis throws in the upper 80's and relies heavily on a 80 mph change, which he throws 29.4% of the time. On the season his fastball has been league average, while his curve (+2.19 runs per 100) and change (2.32) are both above. Two Brewers have faced him ten times:
He'll face Yovani Gallardo (2.66 ERA, 3.23 FIP), coming off his first loss since April 10. He allowed four earned runs on six hits in six innings to the Rangers on Sunday while striking out ten. It was his fourth ten strikeout game of the season, but he's averaged just 5.75 innings in those four starts.
Gallardo is throwing his 92.1 mph fastball about 60% of the time but getting more mileage than ever out of his slider, which he's throwing 15.2% of the time (up from 10.1% for his career). His fastball, slider and curve have all been above average this season, with the slider being the best at +2.09 runs per 100. His changeup has been well below average, at -4 runs/100. Two Rockies have faced him ten times:
Via Adam McCalvy, we know that the Brewers are going with last night's lineup again:
And in the bullpen:
David Riskepitched 1 inning (11 pitches) yesterday, and also pitched on Wednesday.
Enjoy the game!