Milwaukee lost all six meetings with Montreal last season, and hasn’t beaten the Expos since Aug. 11, 2002.
The Brewers missed a chance to sweep a three-game series with the New York Mets on Sunday, losing 6-5 in 11 innings after leading by two runs in the eighth.
Second baseman Junior Spivey, tied for second on the team with a .293 batting average, is expected to return to Milwaukee’s lineup after missing six games with a strained hamstring.
Manager Ned Yost said he hasn’t rushed Spivey back because of Keith Ginter’s strong play. Ginter played second base in Spivey’s absence and hit safely in all six games. He has six home runs and 13 RBIs in just 74 at-bats this season.
Montreal also had a chance to sweep a three-game series Sunday, but lost 5-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Expos, who had a season-high three-game winning streak snapped, are tied with the 1999 team for the worst start in franchise history at 10-22.
“We have a realistic goal,” said Montreal first baseman Brad Wilkerson, who has homered twice in the last three games. “If we get to .500 before the All-Star break, we’ll be right there.
“With our division being so tough, it might not even get to 90 wins this year to win the division. We’ve got some time, but we’ve got to start Tuesday (in Milwaukee), and we’ve got to win games on the road.”
The Expos have lost seven of eight away from home.
STANDINGS (through May 9): Expos - 5th place, 8 1/2 GB, NL East. Brewers - 5th place, 5 GB, NL Central.
EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Livan Hernandez (2-2, 2.94 ERA). Hernandez is coming off his best start of the season, allowing one run and five hits while striking out seven in a complete game as the Expos beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 on Thursday. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his last four starts. Hernandez is 6-3 with a 3.51 ERA in 13 starts against Milwaukee.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Ben Sheets (3-2, 3.43 ERA). Sheets struck out 10 in six innings Wednesday, surrendering four hits and three runs in a 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He walked four batters after walking none in his previous five outings. The right-hander has 44 strikeouts in 42 innings. Sheets is 2-3 with a 5.04 ERA in five starts against Montreal.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Expos - Jose Vidro, .268 avg. and 13 RBIs; Vidro and Wilkerson, 4 HRs; Wilkerson, 14 runs; Endy Chavez, 6 SBs. Brewers - Lyle Overbay, .356 avg. and 31 RBIs; Ginter, 6 HRs; Podsednik, 26 runs and 18 SBs.
2003 SEASON SERIES: Expos, 6-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Expos - 1B Wilkerson is batting .417 (5-for-12) with six RBIs against RHP Sheets. … 2B Vidro, who had three of Montreal’s five hits Sunday, is 9-for-22 (.409) with two homers in his last six games. … Rookie LF Terrmel Sledge went 0-for-3 Sunday to end a 10-game hitting streak. Brewers - CF Podsednik stole another base Sunday to make him 18-for-18 in steal attempts this season, extending his club record. … SS Craig Counsell is batting .379 (11-for-29) against RHP Hernandez. … Milwaukee is 1-5 in extra-inning games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Expos - 4-13 on the road; Brewers - 7-7 at home.
INJURIES: Expos - 1B Nick Johnson (back), 15-day DL; CF Peter Bergeron (ribcage), 15-day DL; RF Carl Everett (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Tony Armas Jr. (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Rigo Beltran (oblique), 15-day DL; LHP Joey Eischen (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP John Patterson (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Dan Smith (shoulder), 60-day DL. Brewers - LHP Chris Capuano (quadriceps), 15-day DL.
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