April 27 at 7:30 pm
Randy Lerch (1-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. Lamarr Hoyt (3-0, 1.50 ERA)
Milwaukee Brewers: 8-6 (3rd in AL East)
Chicago White Sox: 9-6 (2nd in AL West)
The Brewers, meanwhile, have been playing in four and five game increments. They won three of their first four, lost the next five and won the next five. So while at the moment these are two teams heading in two completely different directions, can we be confident that either team is definitely headed down that current avenue? Both teams adjust their routes abruptly.
The Brewers, minus Larry Hisle, are finally healthy. Some of their struggles early can be attributed to the absence of shortstop Robin Yount and pitcher Jim Slaton, two very important players. The White Sox are also healthy, though Steve Kemp is dealing with a sore right elbow after being hit by a Jim Palmer pitch.
Other than Ron LeFlore, the White Sox offense has scuffled during the past eight games. But you’re not going to keep a lineup that consists of Tom Paciorek, Carlton Fisk and Greg Luzinski down for long. They can break out at any time.
The Brewers’ starting rotation struggled mightily during their five game losing streak (and even during the first four games), but Pete Vuckovich, Mike Caldwell and Moose Haas are a big part of the team’s recent success. Cecil Cooper (7-for-13 against Texas) and Robin Yount (5-for-13) are hot, while Gorman Thomas (homerless) and Ted Simmons continue to struggle.