Tuesday, October 4, 2011

NLDS Moves to Arizona

Today, the National League Division Series matchup between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks moves to Chase Field in Phoenix. What have we learned from Games 1 & 2 and what can we expect for Games 3 & 4?

Game 1 & Game 2 Summary:
Game 1 went as scripted for the Brewers. Big pitching performance from Yovani Gallardo (8 IP, 1ER, 9 SO) and the usual production from their bashers, Ryan Braun (3-4, 2 R) and Prince Fielder (2-4, HR, 2 RBI). Diamondbacks' Cy Young Candidate Ian Kennedy did not pitch terribly but was unable to match Gallardo.

In Game 2, Zach Greinke started for the Brewers on three days rest. He gave up three home runs but the Brewers were sparked by a five-run sixth inning as they won 9-4. D'Backs starter Daniel Hudson was ineffective giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings.  Braun flexed his muscle with a two-run homer.

Game 1 & Game 2 Statistical Notes:
  • Braun is hitting .750 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 4 R
  • Brewers relievers have not allowed a run in five innings in the series
  • Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler was trounced for 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks
  • D'Backs 2B Aaron Hill is hitting .500 with 3 walks after hitting .246 and drawing only 35 walks all season
Games 3 & 4 Expectations:
The Diamondbacks send rookie Josh Collmenter to the mound tonight in Game 3 to face Brewers' righty Shawn Marcum.  Collmenter threw 14 shutout innings against the Brewers this season in two starts.  Collmenter was excellent at home this season (9-4, 3.30 ERA), while Marcum was fantastic on the road (8-3, 2.21 ERA). In Game 4 of the series the D'Backs send Joe Saunders to the mound, while the Brewers have yet to announce their starter. The key for the D'Backs is to contain Braun and Fielder. Collmenter gives them an excellent chance this evening, while Saunders will have to be careful with Braun (2 HR allowed in 6 AB). The Brewers would love to settle this tonight and rest up for the NLCS, but they'll have to fend off the upstart D'Backs first.

Stats courtesy of MLB.com

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