Blue Jays-Brewers Preview
The Toronto Blue Jays bounced back from a recent slump with the
help of Colby Rasmus, who continues to swing a hot bat from second
slot in the batting order.
Given his success against Milwaukee Brewers starter Randy Wolf,
the Blue Jays may be poised to halt another dubious stretch of
Toronto looks to end a 10-game skid in Milwaukee dating back
nearly 16 years when it visits the Brewers in the opener of a
three-game set Monday night.
The Blue Jays (34-32) had lost six of seven heading into their
three-game weekend series against Philadelphia, but they rebounded
to sweep the Phillies, winning Sunday’s finale 6-2.
Rasmus went 5 for 9 over the final two games, hitting a two-run
“Just an outstanding day. There were a number of balls he ran
down in the center field,” manager John Farrell told the Blue Jays’
official website. “He’s swinging the bat with a lot of
He especially has reason to be confident in the No. 2 hole.
Rasmus is hitting .356 with seven homers in 15 games batting
second, compared to a .211 average and three homers in any other
spot in the lineup.
“I hoped I would get back to being myself and driving the
baseball and having fun,” Rasmus said. “(I’m) taking that approach
up there against those pitchers and being able to battle with what
I think I can do.”
Rasmus is 4 for 7 with a triple and a homer lifetime off Wolf
(2-5, 5.06 ERA), who looks to help the Brewers beat Toronto for the
11th consecutive time in Milwaukee.
The Blue Jays’ last road victory in the series was July 14,
1996, when the Brewers called County Stadium home and played in the
Milwaukee has also won nine of the last 10 overall meetings with
Toronto, including a three-game sweep at Miller Park from June
17-19, 2008, when the teams last met.
Wolf, though, is 0-3 with a 4.10 ERA in eight starts since
beating San Diego on April 30. He’s pitched better of late,
allowing an unearned run in 6 2-3 innings against the Chicago Cubs
on June 7 before giving up one run in seven innings versus Kansas
City on Thursday.
The veteran left-hander is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two career
starts against the Blue Jays, but hasn’t faced them since July 14,
2000, while pitching for Philadelphia.
The Brewers (30-36) have lost four of six after falling 5-4 in
15 innings to Minnesota on Sunday. Corey Hart’s three-run homer
came in a losing cause, but manager Ron Roenicke took some
positives from the defeat.
“I like the fact that we had a lot of baserunners, we had a lot
of chances,” Roenicke said. ”I like the fact our pitching is
still throwing the ball great. Our bullpen was really good
Ryan Braun went 1 for 7 in the long contest to extend his
hitting streak to 12 games, during which he’s hitting .346 with
five homers. He’ll look to stay hot Sunday against struggling
Henderson Alvarez, who will be making his first start versus
Alvarez (3-6, 3.87) is 0-4 with a 5.50 ERA in six starts since
beating Minnesota on May 10. He allowed four runs – all coming on
three home runs – in seven innings of Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to