Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Jeff Suppan – Suppan has won his last two starts since losing his first two, but the Brewers would like to see him pitch a bit deeper into games. Since working seven innings in his Brewers debut, a loss to the Dodgers, Suppan has not pitched past the sixth and has yet to throw more than 95 pitches in a start. Suppan missed the Cubs when they came to Milwaukee in the first week of the season, but he has faced them 13 times in his career and is 4-4 with a 3.22 ERA in those games.
Rich Hill – In his first full season in the Majors, the 27-year-old lefty has been virtually unhittable, as opposing hitters are batting only .110 against him (eight hits in 73 at-bats). Hill carries a 17-inning scoreless streak into the start against Milwaukee, coincidentally the only team to score off him (a sixth-inning Corey Hart solo home run). In his last outing, he threw eight shutout innings in Atlanta, allowing only four hits, while striking out eight. Hill has become the Cubs’ stopper, going 3-0 following Cubs losses.
View the Cubs career numbers vs. Jeff Suppan – ESPN Splits
Sam Fuld (AA) 3-4, RBI, 2R, (.429avg)
Jake Fox (AA) 4-5, RBI, R, (.321avg)
Jorge Cortes (AA) 5-5, RBI, (.333avg)
Tyler Colvin (High-A) 3-4, 2B, 4RBI, 1R, SB, (.312avg)
Mitch Atkins (High-A) 5IP, 2ER, 5H, 1BB, 3K, WIN (2.14ERA)