Sheets, Brewers forming the right mixture

Updated: June 23, 2008

AP Photo/John Bazemore

Ben Sheets tossed a four-hitter against Atlanta in the Brewers' seventh win in eight games.

PRODUCING A GOOD BREW

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Over the past dozen games, the Brewers have looked like a powerhouse. They're bashing home runs and getting the solid performances they expected coming into the season from their marquee players.

Ben Sheets continued his mastery of the Braves on Monday, winning his sixth straight start against them. On a night in which Johan Santana, Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Dan Haren and Felix Hernandez all were on the mound, Sheets was the only one to finish what he started, tossing a complete-game four-hitter. He retired the final 16 batters he faced in the Brewers' seventh win in eight games and ninth in 12. Sheets, whose only loss came May 15 against the Dodgers, has been impressive all season … and now his teammates are starting to help out, too.

Ben Sheets, before/after only 2008 loss
W-L 4-0 5-0
ERA 2.53 1.92
Opponents' BA .195 .228
Starts 7 7

Strong Brew
First 64 games Last 12 games
W-L 33-31 9-3
Runs per game 4.4 5.7
HRs per game 1.1 2.4

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FORWARD THINKING: TUESDAY

Doug Davis • Diamondbacks at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET: Doug Davis (2-3, 3.65 ERA) has given up one run over his past two starts, a stretch of 13 innings. He did not pick up the win in either outing, however. Instead, he walked away with no-decisions both times in games the D-backs eventually won. Right-handed hitters have had little chance against Justin Masterson (4-1, 3.00 ERA), hitting just .136 against him in his six starts.

Scott Olsen • Rays at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET: Scott Olsen (4-4, 3.51) has not won a game since May 6, a span of eight starts. He is 0-3 with five no-decisions in those eight starts. Andy Sonnanstine (8-3, 4.92 ERA), meanwhile, is 2-0 with a pair of no-decisions over his past four starts despite not having gone six innings in any of those outings.

Jamie Moyer • Phillies at A's, 10:05 p.m. ET: Jamie Moyer (7-4, 4.09 ERA) has been involved in consecutive 3-0 shutouts -- he won one and lost one. Right-handed hitters are batting .307 against him, while lefties are at just .207. Joe Blanton (3-10, 4.81 ERA) has eaten up innings, totaling the sixth-most in the American League. Problem is, they haven't been good innings, because he is the only pitcher in the AL with double-digit losses.

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MONDAY'S NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES

GOOD
Dan HarenDan Haren won the pitchers' duel with Boston's Josh Beckett by permitting just two hits over seven shutout innings in the Diamondbacks' win.
BAD
Saul RiveraSaul Rivera could not hold the lead for the Nationals, giving up two hits and two runs to the Angels in the eighth of a 3-2 loss.
UGLY
David Wright• Nothing went right for David Wright. He went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and committed two errors in the Mets' 5-2 loss to Seattle.

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NEWS AND NOTES

Eric Gagne• Milwaukee reliever Eric Gagne, out with right rotator cuff tendinitis, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Memphis.

Erik BedardErik Bedard, who left Friday's start because of back spasms, will not make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Mets. Miguel Batista will start in his place.

Ryan Church• Mets outfielder Ryan Church, out since June 5 while continuing to suffer symptoms from a concussion, took batting practice. He could go out on a rehab assignment later this week and be back with the Mets in time for a weekend set with the Yankees.