Mets-Brewers Preview

The Milwaukee Brewers have finally proven they can win on the

road.

They’ve already made it quite clear they can win at home.

Returning to Milwaukee from a successful road trip, the Brewers

hope to continue their dominance at Miller Park on Tuesday night

when they open a three-game series against the New York Mets.

Milwaukee (34-26) opened a seven-game trip last Monday in

Cincinnati tied with Houston for the league’s worst road record at

8-17. The Brewers finished the two-city trip with five victories

after completing a four-game sweep over Florida with Monday’s 7-2

win.

“There shouldn’t be any more panic or wonder about why we can’t

win on the road, because we’ve done it now, especially against a

good team,” said Prince Fielder, who hit .375 with three homers

and seven RBIs on the trip.

Milwaukee is a major league-best 20-6 since May 9 and has won 11

of 12 at Miller Park. The Brewers also lead the majors with a 21-7

home record

Ryan Braun is batting .356 with eight homers in Milwaukee and

leads the majors with 29 RBIs at home. Fielder has seven home runs

and 28 RBIs at Miller Park.

Neither Braun nor Fielder had much success against New York last

year, but Corey Hart carried the offense, hitting .310 with four

homers and 12 RBIs in helping the Brewers go 5-2 in the season

series.

The Mets (28-31) arrive in Milwaukee to open a 10-game road trip

after taking the final two games in their series with Atlanta but

are a bit banged up.

Already without Ike Davis (bone bruise) and David Wright (stress

fracture in lower back), Carlos Beltran left Sunday’s 6-4 victory

after fouling a ball off his right shin in the second inning.

X-rays were negative and Beltran, who leads New York with 34 RBIs,

is listed as day to day with a bruised lower leg.

Although the Mets could be without Beltran, who is batting .394

with four homers and 12 RBIs in his last eight games at Miller

Park, Jose Reyes should be up to the task of leading the

offense.

Reyes is batting .465 with four triples, four doubles and 13

runs during a 10-game hitting streak, and hitting .372 in his last

18 games against the Brewers.

The Mets, who are trying to win three straight games for the

first time since May 18-20, will turn to a man familiar with

pitching at Miller Park.

Scheduled starter Chris Capuano (3-6, 5.19 ERA) went 44-48 with

a 4.34 ERA for the Brewers from 2004-10. Milwaukee is the only NL

team the left-hander hasn’t faced.

“I imagine I’ll enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed any other start

this year,” Capuano told the Mets’ official website. “It doesn’t

feel any different.”

In his last start against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Capuano

allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings of a 9-3 loss.

Since April 21, he is 1-5 in his last seven starts.

Brewers scheduled starter Shaun Marcum (6-2, 2.78) has been

inconsistent lately. Since April 13, Marcum has a 0.92 ERA in seven

of his starts but a 7.00 ERA in the other three.

Against Cincinnati on Wednesday, Marcum gave up two runs and

five hits while striking out seven in seven innings of a 4-3 loss

but didn’t receive a decision. He lost his shutout bid in the

seventh when Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer.

This will be Marcum’s first outing against the Mets. He is 4-0

with a 2.31 ERA in seven career starts against NL East teams.