Injuries to both starting rotations will open the door for two pitchers to make their season debuts when the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers play the second game in their four-game series at Miller Park on Saturday.
Jeremi Gonzalez will become the eighth different starting pitcher for the Mets (22-13) this season when he takes the mound.
Gonzalez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his first start in almost a year—he allowed seven runs in 3 1-3 innings while pitching for Boston on May 13 in a 14-7 loss to Seattle. He was 1-2 with a 3.03 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Norfolk this season, striking out 30 in 35 2-3 innings.
The right-hander went 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA in three starts last season, and came out of the bullpen 25 times, going 1-0 with a 5.57 ERA in those appearances.
Gonzalez is 26-33 with a 4.84 ERA in his six-year career with the Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay and the Red Sox. He has never faced the Brewers (19-18).
The Mets brought up Gonzalez and Jose Lima after injuries to rookie Brian Bannister and Victor Zambrano. Bannister is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring while Zambrano will miss the remainder of the season with a torn tendon in his elbow.
Dana Eveland (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start of the season for Milwaukee, taking the roster spot left open when ace Ben Sheets was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with right shoulder tendinitis.
Eveland made all 27 of his career appearances last season in relief.
The left-hander opened the season with Triple-A Nashville, going 3-1 with 33 strikeouts in 36 innings and was leading the Pacific Coast League with a 0.75 ERA when he was recalled.
“We think Dana Eveland has pitched very, very well in his minor league stints, to his credit,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “He struggled mightily in spring training and got sent down—a lot of guys take a long time to recover from that. Dana didn’t.”
Eveland went 1-1 with a 5.97 ERA last season, and in two appearances against New York, he allowed no runs and three hits in three innings.
Lima, making his second start with New York and 10-0 with 1.92 ERA in 14 career appearances against Milwaukee coming in, was roughed up in a 9-6 loss in the series opener on Friday.
Prince Fielder went 3-for-4 with two homers on Friday, including one off Lima. He hit his second home run of the game off Darren Oliver, and is hitting .556 (5-for-9) with two homers when teams bring in a left-hander to face him.
“All through high school and minor leagues, my dad always told me that lefties were going to be the guys that would come in and try to get me out,” Fielder said.
Fielder is the son of former AL slugger Cecil Fielder.
Closer Derrick Turnbow threw just three pitches for the save. Ten of his 12 saves this season have come at home.
The NL East-leading Mets have lost four of their last five games, and lead second-place Philadelphia by two games.
First baseman Carlos Delgado went 3-for-5 and hit career homer No. 382, tying him with Jim Rice and Frank Howard for 51st on the all-time list. Delgado is 5-for-17 with two homers in his career at Miller Park.