There was something in last night’s game that has been missing all year. A team win. The Brewers look to continue the trend in this afternoon’s series finale. Josh Lindblom is taking the mound with left-hander Jon Lester.
The veteran starter has three starts on the year, two of which are quality starts. Lester beat the Cleveland Indians his last time out by going six innings, allowing one run on three hits. In his 14 years as a big leaguer, Lester’s pitch repertoire consists of a fastball, cutter, and curveball. Over the years he’s adopted a change up, but it doesn’t get used often. The Brewers’ offense will see high-80s to low-90s from Lester. His fastball velocity isn’t what it used to be as Lester is 36 years old. There are a few Brewers that have done well against Lester. It’s none other than Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun. Yelich is 7-for-18 against Lester, Braun is 9-for-27 with four doubles, and let’s throw in Jedd Gyorko too. Gyorko is 9-for-25 with four home runs against Lester. So far on the year, Lester has a 1.06 ERA in 17 innings pitched.
We all know about Lindblom’s diverse pitch repertoire. He seems to be showing something new every start. That’s because he refined some of those pitch grips in Spring Training. Follow Pitching Ninja on Twitter and when Lindblom starts, most times he will be featured on there. It’s been a while since Lindblom has faced the Cubs. The Korean Baseball Organization star was a member of the Dodgers in 2012. That is when he faced the Cubs in two relief appearances, but nobody on the current roster was on that team. Lindblom struck out a season high eight batters in his last time out against the Twins.
-Ryan Braun is batting lead-off for the second time in his career. The last time was in 2015 when he went 2-for-3.
-This is now the eighth lead-off hitter the Brewers have used this season.