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Today's Matchup: Milwaukee (Estrada) vs Los Angeles (AL) (Williams)

The Brewers and Angels face off in a rare matchup on Saturday.

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Marco Estrada (4.44 ERA, 4.36 FIP) is coming off easily his best start of the season. Against the Reds last week, he went seven innings, giving up just one hit and two walks. He also struck out nine batters. Estrada, who has had home run issues all year long, did all that in Great American Ballpark where routine flyballs end up going over the wall.

That's the kind of Estrada we hoped to see all year long. Well, I mean, not one-hitter Estrada. That's a little much to hope for. But the kind of pitcher he was in 2012, where he put up excellent K/BB stats and put up strings of really good starts. Unfortunately his 2013 campaign has been marred by injury and the aforementioned home run problems.

Estrada has not faced an Angels hitter ten or more times.

For Los Angeles, Jerome Williams (4.69 ERA, 4.77 FIP) will take the mound. Williams has been in the majors off and on since 2003, but has never been able to stick. From 2008-2010, he didn't pitch an inning in the majors. He has had a small resurgence with the Angels the last three years, making 40 starts since 2011, including 19 this season along with another 11 relief appearances.

WIlliams throws three pitches primarily: A 92 MPH sinker (37%), an 89 MPH cutter (21%), and a 93 MPH four seamer (19%). Williams has never faced a current Brewers hitter.


I have not yet seen the lineup. If you have, feel free to throw it in the comments.

In the bullpen:

  • Rob Wooten pitched one inning (13 pitches) last night.
  • Tyler Thornburg pitched one inning (15 pitches) last night.
  • Burke Badenhop pitched one inning (12 pitches) last night.
  • Brandon Kintzler pitched two innings (18 pitches) Thursday.
  • Michael Gonzalez pitched .2 innings (12 pitches) on Wednesday.
  • Jim Henderson last pitched on Tuesday.
  • Alfredo Figaro pitched five innings for AAA Nashville on Wednesday.