Originally posted on Brewers Bar  |  Last updated 5/16/12

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Milwaukee ends it's strangest road trip in quite some time by heading to Houston to take on the Astros in a two game set.  The Brewers are coming off a split in the Big Apple, losing Monday () and winning last night (8-0).  So, let's dive in to the deep end of this short road trip.

Standings: 
MIL: 16-20 (4th in NL Central, 5GB)
HOU: 15-21 (tie 6th in NL Central, 6 GB)

Game Times: 
Wednesday: 7:05pm Central (FSWisconsin)
Thursday: 7:05pm Central (FSWisconsin)

Probable Starting Pitchers: 
Wednesday: LHP Randy Wolf (2-3, 5.63 ERA) vs. RHP Bud Norris (3-1, 3.95 ERA)
Thursday: RHP Shaun Marcum (2-1, 3.07 ERA) vs. LHP J.A. Haap (2-3, 5.72 ERA)

Notes on Series: 

- Milwaukee finally got it's bats going yesterday with Travis Ishikawa coming out of nowhere to produce 5 RBI's on a night where he went 3-4 with 2 home runs, but as a team they didn't exactly hit the crap out of pitching, going just 11-38 as a team.  

- Houston is coming home for a three team, eight game home stand after going just 1-4 on it's five game road trip against the Pirates and Phillies.  They lost the last 4 games of the trip after winning game one against the Pirates.  

- The Brewers aren't the only one's having trouble producing runs as Houston only managed 8 runs on the road trip, which comes out to just over 2 runs a game.  

- Currently the season series stands at 2-1 Milwaukee after their first three game series at Miller Park less than a month ago.  

Predictions: 

I went 1-1 in my predictions for the Mets series and that means 2-3 so far in my predictions as of late. 

Wednesday: This is a tough matchup to predict because it depends on which Randy Wolf we get, is it the one that had good command and could get through 6 innings of work, or is the one that will give up home runs like crazy.  I don't like Wolf pitching at this launching pad so I'm going against the Brewers here and taking Houston.

Thursday: Marcum has rebounded nicely from his one bad outing this season and is becoming one of the most solid starters in the Brewers rotation.  I believe it's not an issue of the Brewers bats in this series, as they have a history of being able to pump out the runs at Minute Maid Park so give me the better pitcher in this one and the Brewers continue to stay just ahead of the Astros with this victory. 
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