May 6, 2007

Pre-Game Notes - On Their Mound


PITTSBURGH PIRATES (13-16) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (20-10)
MAY 6, 2007 AT MILLER PARK --- GAME #30, ROAD #17
RHP TONY ARMAS (0-2, 8.66 ERA) vs. RHP BEN SHEETS (2-2, 4.25 ERA)
2:05 EDT FSNP


RHP BEN SHEETS (2-2, 4.25):

CAREER:
Is 63-71 with a 3.84 ERA in 172 starts (1124.1ip, 480er).....this is his seventh season in the Major Leagues, all with the Brewers.

CAREER AT MILLER PARK:
Is 34-36 with a 3.56 ERA in 92 starts (619ip, 245er).....went 4-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 11 starts last season (72ip, 33er).

2007 AT MILLER PARK:
Is 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA in 4 starts (28ip, 10er). CAREER ON THE ROAD:
Is 29-35 with a 4.19 ERA in 80 starts (505.1ip, 235er).....went 2-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 6 starts last season (34ip, 12er).

2007 ON THE ROAD:
Is 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA in 2 starts (8ip, 7er).

CAREER vs. PIRATES:
Is 6-7 with a 2.90 ERA in 18 starts (121ip, 39er).....went 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 2 starts vs. Pittsburgh last season (15ip, 2er).

2007 vs. PIRATES:
Is making his first start of the season vs. Pittsburgh today. CAREER AT THE PLATE:
Is a .078 (26-334) career hitter.....has 1 career extrabase hit, a double in 2002.....has drawn 16 walks and struck out 160 times.

2007 AT THE PLATE:
Is batting .077 (1-13).....has not walked and has 5 strikeouts.....has 2 sacrifice bunts.....recorded a single in his last start on 5/1 vs. St. Louis, snapping an 0-for-38 skid dating back to last season.

SHEETS AT A GLANCE:
Is making his seventh start of the season.....Sheets last started on 5/1 vs. St. Louis and earned a 12-2 win (6ip, 6h, 2r, 2er, 1bb, 3k, 1hr).....the victory was his first since Opening Day.....he left his previous start on 4/25 at Chicago-NL with a strained right groin.....Sheets made his fifth career Opening Day start on 4/2 vs. Los Angeles and tossed a complete-game 2-hitter in the 7-1 win (9ip, 2h, 1r, 1er, 0bb, 3k, 1hr).....he became the first pitcher to throw a complete game with 2 or fewer hits and no walks on Opening Day since Hall of Famer Lefty Grove did it in 1940 for the Red Sox.....Sheets went 6-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 17 starts last season.....he began last season on the 15-day disabled list with a right posterior shoulder strain before he was reinstated on 4/16.....he returned to the disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder from 5/10-7/24.....Sheets was named Brewers Pitcher of the Month for the final month of the season as he went 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 6 starts (41.2ip, 4bb, 45k).

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