The Milwaukee Brewers will look to get back to their winning ways today, when they travel to Boston to play the defending World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox. It will be Opening Day for Boston, who will receive their championship rings before the game.
Ryan Braun and the Brewers take to the road for the first time this season. Braun expects to hear boo-birds today from when he first denied and then came clean about the Biogenesis investigation last year. According to sources in the Brewers clubhouse, Braun said he is just going to play like it’s just another game.
After the ceremony is complete, Marco Estrada will start for the Brewers against veteran right hander Jake Peavy. Estrada is coming off his best spring as a Brewer and looks to stay consistent against a tough Red Sox Lineup that includes: David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Dustin Pedroia; all all-stars.
With the game in Boston, the Brewers can use the Designated Hitter, something that manager Ron Roenicke said that comes at the ideal time. With Jean Segura battling a sore shoulder and Jonathan Lucroy catching the first three games of the season, it gives Roenicke options to use backup catcher Martin Maldonado. Also, according to Roenicke it allows Estrada to focus on the task at hand.
Coming off a series where Brewers starting pitchers made quality starts with hardly any offense, the bats look to warm-up for a 1:10PM first pitch today. Saturday’s game will feature Wily Peralta against Clay Buchholtz. Then Sunday, will feature a pair of aces Yovani Gallardo versus left hander Jon Lester.