The Crews homestand continues with the boys from the Lone Star State, the Houston Astros. The Brewers have the Brewers nation excited with their play of late, going 5-1 on this homestand. They enter these 3 against with Houston, with a winning % .453, which still is only 74 wins in a season. The Astros are flying in late, after playing a night game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. This the 2nd time the Astros are coming to the Keg.
The Astros would come to the Keg, from May 25th thru May 27th. Brad Mills squad would be able to take 1 of 3 of the series. Lets take a quick look at that series.
Tuesday May 25th - 27,363 are at the Keg. It was Randy Wolf vs Felipe Paulino. The Crew score a pair in the bottom of the 1st. Richie singles and scores a homerun by Ryan Braun. Thats all the runs Randy Wolf would need. Wolf would throw 7 shutout innings or 4 hit baseball. The Brewers win this one 6-1
Wednesday May 26th -30,151 - Roy Oswalt vs Chris Narveson -In typical Narveson style the Astros score a run in the top of the 1st, Mike Bourn who walked, scored on a rbi single by former Brewer Carlos Lee. Former Brewer draft pick Hunter Pence and Carlos get rbi's in the 3rd. That all Roy Oswalt needed against the Crew. He throws 8 innings of 4 hit shutout baseball. Astros win 5-0.
Thursday afternoon - May 27st - myself would be in the Quad luxury box for this one. Brett Myers vs David Bush. The Astros get 2 unearned runs in the top of the 1st, due to an error by Alicdes Escobar. Brett Myers would be tough, he does allow an rbi single by Carlos Gomez in the 3rd and Casey McGehee in 5th. In the top of 6th Marco Estrada loads the bases with walks. It looks like he would get out of the inning, by an error on a ball hit by Mike Bourn by Weeks puts the Astros up 3-2. Its not until the bottom of the 9th. Carlos Gomez gets an rbi single off Matt Lidstorm. John Axford pitches the top of 10th. In the bottom of the 10th, with the bases loaded, he draws a walk off Matt Lidstorm. The Crew win 4-3
Lets take a look at the Astros. First the manager and his coaching staff. Then the Astros regular starting 8.
Brad Mills - Manager - Its Brad Mills first season andd first chance as a Manager to fill out the line-up card. James Bradley Mills was born in January of 1957, Exeter California. Plays his high school baseball at Exeter Union. He would be drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the January draft, 16th round in 1977, but does not sign. Plays his college baseball for the Wildcats of the University of Arizona. He would be drafted again, 17th round by the Montreal Expos in 1979. He plays a total of 106 games for the Expos from 1980-1983. The former major league infielder, coaches in the big leagues for the first time in 1997. He would be the 1st base coach for Terry Francona and the Philadelphia Phillies. He coaches in the city of brotherly love until the end of 2000 season. In 2003, Expos Manager Frank Robinson, asks Mills to be his right hand man, bench coach of the Expos. In 2004, he is reunited to Francona, being the Red Sox bench coach. He does that job until the Astros come calling this season.
Sean Berry - Hitting Coach - Berry one time wore the uniform of the Crew, numbers 17 and 7 for the Brewers in 1999 and 2000. Berry born in March of 1966, in Santa Monica California. Plays his high school baseball at West Torrence. Drafted in the 4th round by the Red Sox in 1984, but does not sign. He plays his college baseball at UCLA. In January secondary draft in 1986, he is a 1st round pick of the Kansas City Royals. Played in the majors from 1990 to 2000, made stops in Kansas City, Montreal, Milwaukee, Houston and Boston. Hire by Phil Garner in 2006, to be the Astros hitting Coach. Kept his job when Coop becomes the Astros manager.
Brad Arnsberg - Pitching Coach -Bradley James Arnsberg was born in August of 1963, in one my favorite cities, Seattle Washington. He plays his high school baseball in Medford Oregon.In 1981, he is a 19th round pick oif the Cleveland Indians, but does not sign. He plays his college baseball at Merced College. Arnsberg is draft 3 more times, Cardinals, Orioles and Angels, The 5th time is the finally the right one, he is drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round, in June secondary draft in 1983. He pitches in 94 games from 1986 thru 1992. He plays for the Yankees, Rangers and Indians, In 2000, he coaches in the majors for the 1st time in his career, he is the bullpen coach for Felipe Alou and Montreal Expos. During the season Alou, sends Bobby Cuellar the pitching coach packing. Arnsberg is promoted to pitching coach. He is the Expos pitching coach in 2001. In 2002, he moves on to Florida and pitching coach for manager Jeff Torborg. He does that again in 2003. He does not coaches in the big leagues in 2004. In 2005, he is hired by the Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons. Arnsberg has this position with the Jays until the end of 2009. Its Arnsberg first season with the Astros.
Bobby Meacham -1st base - Robert Andrew Meacham was born in August of 1960, in Los Angeles California. He plays his high school ball at Mater Dei in Santa Ana. He would drafted in the 14th round by the White Sox in 1978, but does not sign. He instead plays his college baseball at San Diego State. In 1981, he is a 1st round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. He plays 457 games in pinstripes for the Yanks from 1983 thru 1988, but never in the playoffs. He coaches for the 1st time, when Joe Girardi has him coaching 3rd for the Marlins in 2006. In 2007, he is 1st base coach for the Bud Black and the San Diego Padres. He back in pinstripes for Joe Girardi coaching 3rd in 2008.
Dave Clark - 3rd base -Dave Earl Clark was born in September 1962, in Tupelo Mississippi. He plays his high school ball for the Red Raiders of Shannon Mississippi. He plays his college baseball at Jackson State. In 1st and 11th overall, he is drafted by the Cleveland Indians. Clark plays the outfield in the big leagues from 1986 thru 1998. He played in Cleveland, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. He coaches for the 1st time in 2002, as Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon hitting coach. He was the Astros manager the last 13 games of the 2009 season, in which he went 4-9.
Jaime Quirk - bullpen -another former Milwaukee Brewer, played for the Crew in 1977. James Patrick Quirk was born in October 54, in Whittier California. He plays his high school baseball at St. Paul in Santa Fe Springs California. He is a 1st round pick of the Royals and 18th overall in 1972. Played 18 seasons in the majors from 1975 thru 1992. He plays for the Royals, Brewers, Cardinals, White Sox, Indians, Yankees, A's and Orioles. In 1994, he named the bullpen coach for Hal McRae and the Royals. In 1996, he is named the bench coach for manager Bob Boone. He coaches with the Royals from 1994 thru 2001. In 2002, he is bullpen coach for Jerry Narron and the Texas Rangers. In 2004, he is named Bench coach for the Rockies under manager Clint Hurdle. He is the bench coach for the Rockies until 2008.
Al Pedrique - Bench coach -Alfredo Jose Pedrique was born in August 1960 in Valencia Venezuela. He signed by the Mets as amateur free agent in 1978. He plays in the majors as infielder from 1987 thru 1989. He plays in a total of 174 games in the majors. He plays for the Mets, Tigers and Pirates. He starts coaching for the D-Backs in 2004, as Bob Brenly 3rd base coach. Later in that 2004 season, he is asked to be the D-Backs manager. He struggles with a record 22-61 in 83 games. In 2009, he is Cecil Cooper 3rd base coach.
1st base - Lance Berkamn - the 34 year old switch hitter. The player know has Big Puma and Fat Elvis, William Lance Berkman. Berkman is 6-1 230, born in Waco Texas. He plays his high school baseball at Canyon High School in New Braunsfel Texas. He plays his college baseball for the Owls of Rice University. He is a 1st round and 16th overall pick in 1997.
2nd base - Jeff Keppinger -Jeffrey Scott Keppinger is 6-0 180 righty from Miami Florida. Keppinger born in April of 1980. He plays his high school baseball for the Panthers of Parkview in Liburn Georgia. He plays his college baseball at the University of Georgia. He would be a 4th round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001. He is traded by the Reds to the Astros for a player to be named later, Drew Sutton
3rd base - Chris Johnson - the veteran Pedro Feliz has been told to take a seat. Christopher Dalton Johnson is 6-3 220 right-handed hitter, born in Fort Myers Florida . He plays his high school baseball at Bishop Verot in Fort Myers Florida He plays is college baseball at Florida Altantic and later transfers to Stetson University. He is 4th round draft pick of the Astros in 2006.
Shortstop -Oswaldo Navarro - the starting shortstop with the injury to Tommy Manzella. Oswaldo Rames Navarro is 6-0 150, switch hitter, from Marcay Venezuela. Born in October 1984 and plays his high school baseball at Aquiles Nazvoa. He is signed as amateur by the Seattle Marniers in 2001. In 2009, he is signed as a free agent by the Astros
catcher -Jason Castro - the Astros #1 pick in 2008, was called up from Triple AAA, Round Rock. Jason Michael Castro is 6-3 210 right-handed hitter from Castro Valley California. Castro was born in June of 1987 and plays his high school baseball at Castro Valley, the home of the Trojans. He is a 43rd round pick of the Red Sox in 2005, but does not sign. Instead he plays for the Stanford Cardinals. He is 1st round and 10th round pick in 2008.
Leftfield - Carlos Lee -the former Milwaukee Brewer in 2005 and 2006. Of course we know his nickname is El Caballo. Carlos Noriel Lee is a 6-2 205 righty from Aguadulce Panama. He is signed as amateur free agent by the Chicago White Sox in 1994. Lee is signed by the Astros for a 100 million in 6 years in 2006
Centerfield - Mike Bourn -Michael Ray Bourn is 5-11 180 left-handed hitter. Born in Decemeber of 1982 in Houston Texas. He plays his high school baseball at Nimitz High school, the home of the Cougars. In 2000, he is a 19th pick of the Astros, but he does not sign. Instead he plays his college baseball for the Cougars of the University of Houston. He is the 4th round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2003. He becomes an Astro in the trade that sends Brad Lidge to the Phillies.
Rightfield-Hunter Pence -who have love to see him in a Brewers uniform. The Brewers would draft him in the 40th round in 2003, out of high School, but does not sign. Hunter Andrew Pence is 6-4 220, righty, from Forth Worth Texas. He plays his high school for the Colts of Arlington High School. After he does not sign with the Crew, he plays his college baseball at the University of Arlington. he is a 2nd round pick of the Astros in 2004.
What do the Astros bring to the table -The Astros are 29-47 in 2010. They are 16-24 at Minute Maid Park and 13-23 on the road. Astros were 9-14 in the month of April. They were 9-20 in the month of May. Astros still have a losing record in the month of June, but only 1 game below .500. Their record in the month of June is 12-13.
Runs scored - the Astros cross the plate, 3.42 times a game. That is ranked 15th in the NL, only the Pirates are worst, with 3.27 runs. The Brewers are #1 with 4.88 runs per game
Homeruns - the Astros are dead last in the NL with 44 long ball. On the other end, the Brewers are #1 with 91
Steals - the Astros have 42, which is tied for the 10th in the National with the Rockies. The Brewers are 12th with 41
Batting Average - the Astros are dead-lst again here, with a team batting average of .236. The Reds are #1 with a batting average iof .271. The Crew are 5th with a batting average of .261
OB % -the Astros are last here to. They have a team average of .360. Like everything else, they are dead last
ERA - the Astros bring a team era of 4.66 to this series, which is 13th in the NL with an era of 5.12. The Brewers are next at 14, with an era of 5.16
Strikeouts -the astros have 535 team strikeouts, which is 8th in the NL. The Brewers are 3rd with 584
Whip - the Astros post a whip of 1.504, which is ranked 13th in the NL. The Brewers are no longer the worst team in whip, that honor, currently belongs to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Brewers are 15th with a whip of 1.519
The Brewers again dodge a bullett in this series, against the M's they did not have to face King Felix and Cliff Lee. In this series, they do not face the Astros ace, Roy Oswalt.
Monday night - Bud Norris vs Manny Parra --Norris is coming off the DL for this start. He has not pitch for the Astros since May 23rd at Minute Maid against the Rays. Im sure he will be a pitch count for this encounter against the Crew. David Stefan Norris, goes by the nickname Bud. He is 6-0 230 right-handed. Born in March of 1985, in Greenbrae California. He plays his high school baseball for the Mustangs of San Marin High School in Novato California. He plays his college baseball at Cal-Poly. He is drafted by the Astros in the 6th round of the 2006 draft. Norris will be making his 20th career start against the Crew. His numbers are not pretty career wise, 8-8, but an era of 5.53. Norris has struggle in 2010, with a record of 2-5 an era of 6.80, in 9 starts. Norrris made 2 starts against the Crew and pitched well. He is 1-0 with an era of 2.45. Throwing 11 innings of 6 hits 3 run, 1 walk and 8 k's baseball. That includes 5 innings of 1 run ball at Miller Park.
Manny Parra has done everything the Brewers have asked in the month June, since he was asked to go back into the rotation. In his 4 starts, his record is 1-2, but his era is 3.52. 9 runs in 23 innings with 29 K's. He has yet to face the Astros as a starter or reliever in 2010. In 2009, he faced them twice has a starter, his record was 1-1 with an era of 3.52. Careeer wise, he has started 7 times against the boys from Houston. His record is 4-3 with an era of 4.91. Giving up 6 homeruns in 36 1/3 innings pitched.
Tuesday night -Brett Myers vs Yovani Gallardo ---one pitcher that has had great success against the Crew, is named Brett Alan Myers. He is 4-1 with an era of 1.94 against the Crew lifetime. That does not included the playoff game, when he was with the Phillies. Myers is 6-4 215 righty, born and raise in Jacksonville Florida. He played at the same high school that gave us Ryan Freel and Daniel Murphy, Englewood, the home of the Rams. In the 1999 draft, the Phillies pick him with the 12th overall pick. He faced the Crew earlier in the 1st series, going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs. It will be Myers 3rd career start at the Keg, he is 1-1 with an era of 2.92
Yovani Gallardo - the Brewers ace will square off with one of the Astros best. Myself had the honor to watch his last start at the Keg against the Twins. He was down right awesome, he pitched like an ace should. Making his 17th start, with an record of 7-3 with an era of 2.36. Gallardo has pitched well against the Astros. He has 7 career start against the Astros. His record is 5-2 with an era of 2.30
Wednesday afternoon -Wandy Rodriguez vs David Bush....While Myers has pitched well against the Crew, Rodriguez has been up and down. He has made 14 starts against the Brewers, his record is 5-6 with an era of 4.76. All 6 loses were done at Miller Park. Rodriquez might just be afraid to step on the mound at Miller Park, in 9 starts, he is 2-6 with an awful era of 7.28. Wandy Fulton Rodriguez is 5-11 195, lefty handed, from Santiago Rodriguez, Dominician Republic. The 31 year old Rodriguez was sign as amateur free agent by the Astros in 1999.
David Bush last 2 starts have been good ones. He has thrown 13 1/3 innings and allowed 3 runs. He has put W's by his name, in those last 2 starts. Bush did face the Astros at Miller Park in the earlier series, 5 innings of shutout baseball. He beat Astros last season in Miller Park, throwing 6 innings of 2 run baseball. In 14 appears and 12 starts, their is no team, that Dave Bush has beaten then the Houston Astros. He is 6-1 with an era of 3.25
Its huge for the Crew to take all 3 of these games against the struggling Astros. It will have them prepare and ready for the HUGE 4 game series against the St. Louis Cardinals later this week.
Enjoy your baseball.....Go Crew
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