MLB 2011 Game #2: Giants vs. BrewersIt feels like ages since I've been to a game, but regardless, the drought ends tonight. After work, Susan and I are beginning the holiday weekend with a quick trip to Milwaukee and a stop at Miller Park for a game between the defending World Series champions and the second place team in the National League Central.
Tonight's pitching matchup is a stellar one. I can't wait. The San Francisco Giants will send two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, Tim Lincecum (4-4, 2.06 ERA), to the hill. During his last start, he pitched a three-hit shutout against their interleague rivals the Oakland Athletics. The Milwaukee Brewers will counter with Shaun Marcum (6-1, 2.37 ERA). Marcum's only loss since leaving the American League and joining the Brewers in the National League came during his season debut.
Both teams are at interesting points in the season. On Wednesday night, the Giants lost their starting catcher, Buster Posey, following a collision at home plate. Posey suffered a broken left leg and ankle damage. More than likely, he will miss the remainder of the 2011 season. That's a tough blow for the team and the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year.
The Brewers find the arrow pointing up. They enter action on Saturday with a 19-6 record at home. That's the best home record to start a season in franchise history, and it ties them with the Cleveland Indians for the best home record in Major League Baseball.
Current National League Central Division Standings:
St. Louis Cardinals 30-21 .588 ---
Milwaukee Brewers 27-23 .540 2.5 GB
Cincinnati Reds 26-25 .510 4.0 GB
Chicago Cubs 22-26 .458 6.5 GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 22-26 .458 6.5 GB
Houston Astros 19-31 .380 10.5 GB