by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Brewers starter Marco Estrada had a shaky outing but managed to escape with a no-decision Saturday night against the Cardinals.
Estrada allowed two runs in the fourth and sixth innings. He was charged with four runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out two in a 6-4 extra-inning victory.
Estrada is scheduled to start Friday at home against the Pirates. He allowed a run in seven innings in his previous meeting against Pittsburgh May 13.
Marco Estrada feeling better indeed
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/14/2013) The goal was to give Marco Estrada more time to figure out what went wrong in his previous two starts. The Brewers right-hander came out of his extra bullpen session during his seven-day layoff saying he felt "a million times better," and on Monday, he backed it up.
His overall numbers are still uninspiring because of those two shaky starts, but he now has five quality starts in eight, only once issuing more than two walks in a game.
I don't know about you, but I still feel good about Estrada. He had a blip that he's confident he was able to correct, and his performance gives me no reason to doubt him. With his strikeout-to-walk ratio, he gets the benefit of whatever doubt I may have anyway. For me, he's back to being a more-weeks-than-not type in Fantasy.
Marco Estrada gets back in win column
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/13/2013) Brewers starter Marco Estrada picked up his first win since April 19 on Monday night against the Pirates. He allowed one run on three hits over seven innings of work in a 5-1 victory.
The right-hander retired the first seven batters he faced before Clint Barmes singled in the third. Then in the seventh, he surrendered a leadoff double and the runner came around to score on a groundout.
Estrada, who threw 101 pitches, also struck out five and walked one while earning his third win.
His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Cardinals. In two starts against St. Louis this season, he has gone 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA.
Marco Estrada feeling good after time off
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada expressed newfound confidence Saturday, and he credits the extra time off the team gave him after his most recent start. Estrada admitted to MLB.com that he was feeling lost after allowing eight runs in three-plus innings last Sunday, but the extra time off has helped clear his head.
"I feel a million times better," Estrada said. "I know those things are going to happen, but I didn't like how the mental aspect of it was lost. Normally, I feel like I have pretty good control over that. I didn't have it that day, but I've worked on it. Mentally, right now, I’m pretty strong."
Estrada had an extra bullpen session this weekend, but said he has not really changed his between-starts routine otherwise.
"I didn't really change anything except I threw two bullpens in between," Estrada said. "Mentally, I feel like I've prepared really well. I'm feeling pretty good right now. We worked on a couple of things in the 'pen, and today we’re going to do a couple more things that should help me out with balance and whatnot."
Estrada will start Monday against the Pirates, and will try to turn things around after posting a 6.05 ERA in his first seven starts.
Brewers bump Marco Estrada back to Monday
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) The Brewers have pushed Marco Estrada's next start back a day to Monday, MLB.com reports.
Estrada has a 3.3 K/BB but has allowed a league-high 11 home runs, resulting in a 6.05 ERA. The Brewers will reinsert fifth starter Hiram Burgos into the rotation; he could have been skipped due to an off-day Thursday.
Estrada avoids the Reds and is instead scheduled to face Pittsburgh at PNC Park Monday.
Marco Estrada roughed up by St. Louis
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Brewers starter Marco Estrada was disastrous in Sunday's game against St. Louis, as he allowed eight runs on six hits and five walks over 3 1/3 innings.
The five walks are a career high for Estrada. He also allowed his 11th home run, the most in the league by two. His 39-to-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio is encouraging, but he'll have to do a much better job of keeping the ball in the yard to be successful.
Marco Estrada surrendered three homers in ND
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings Tuesday night against the Pirates.
Estrada gave up a run in the first and a two-run homer to Gaby Sanchez in the third. Pittsburgh hit back-to-back solo home runs off the right-hander in the fifth.
The 29-year-old threw 86 pitches, 56 for strikes, and left in line for the win but the bullpen was unable to hold the lead. He struck out six and walked one in the no-decision.
His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Cardinals. When Estrada faced St. Louis on April 14, he allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision.
Marco Estrada outdueled for first loss
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada turned in a quality start in Wednesday's series finale against the Padres but it was not enough to overcome his counterpart, Edinson Volquez. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over 6 1/3 innings in a 2-1 loss.
The right-hander surrendered a solo homer to Carlos Quentin in the fourth before an error led to his final damage the following frame. He threw 60 of his 92 pitches for strikes and lowered his ERA to 3.86.
Estrada also struck out three and walked two while taking his first loss.
His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Pirates. In three starts against Pittsburgh last season, Estrada went 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA.
Marco Estrada worth a look for Week 4
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Fantasy owners are not feeling Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada, who is being started in just 61 percent of Fantasy leagues heading into Week 4 (April 22-28). It's a bit puzzling to see Estrada's starting percentage a bit low since he has more Fantasy points (62) in standard Head-to-Head formats coming into Sunday than the likes of A.J. Griffin, Max Scherzer, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto.
I can understand some of the hesitation. Estrada's 4.50 ERA and 1.33 WHIP are far from appealing. He's also allowing 2.3 home runs per nine innings, but that's nothing new for the fly ball pitcher. The most encouraging stats for me, however, are Estrada's strikeout (9.4 K/9) and walk rates (1.5 BB/9). Estrada might get hit hard, but he doesn't issue many free passes, which is a big plus in my book.
I'm not saying Estrada is a must-start Fantasy option, but I think he deserves to be started in more leagues. My colleague, Al Melchoir, seems to agree for Week 4, ranking Estrada as a top 45 starting pitcher. Estrada returns to the hill Wednesday against the Padres. San Diego averages 3.71 runs per game, which is the ninth-lowest average in the majors, and have recorded 126 strikeouts through 17 games, which is just slightly under the league average (128).
Marco Estrada beats Cubs, again
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada earned his second win of the season over the Cubs on Friday night. Estrada, who also beat Chicago at Wrigley Field April 8, allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings.
He allowed a solo homer to Luis Valbuena and a two-run shot to David DeJesus. Estrada (2-0) had four strikeouts and two walks.
The right-hander' next start is Wednesday at San Diego
Marco Estrada strikes out seven Cardinals
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013)Marco Estrada allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk Sunday for the Brewers against St. Louis.
Estrada recorded seven strikeouts, pushing his season total to 21, a sharp 10.5 K/9. Home runs continue to be an issue, as he allowed his fourth Sunday, a solo shot by Matt Adams. Still, if Estrada can keep piling up the strikeouts, he can stay effective.
Brewers set rotation for Cardinals' series
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) The Brewers rotation has been pushed back a day in the wake of Wednesday's postponed game against the Cubs, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
After an off-day Thursday, Kyle Lohse will get the start Friday and will be followed by Yovani Gallardo on Saturday and Marco Estrada on Sunday. Mike Fiers, the Brewers' fifth starter, was already scheduled to be skipped with the off-day.
Brewers change rotation for weekend
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) The Brewers announced Tuesday that Yovani Gallardo will start the series opener against the Cardinals on Friday with Marco Estrada to follow on Saturday.
Mike Fiers has temporarily been moved to the bullpen as the club does not currently need a fifth stater.
"The way it lined up, having the four guys, I think it's the 19th or 20th we need that fifth starter," manager Ron Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "Then we don't need him again after that for a little bit. So it made a lot of sense to us to do this.
"Then we'll see if it's Fiers, where we need him. If we get close to that date and he's thrown a lot, then maybe we have to go get somebody for that spot start," Roenicke said.
Marco Estrada spoils Cubs home opener
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Brewers starter Marco Estrada turned in quality outing as he picked up the win during Monday's series opener against the Cubs.
Estrada (1-0), who made his second start of the season, served up a two-run home run to Welington Castillo in the second inning for his only mistake of the afternoon. The right-hander tossed seven strong innings of work and permitted just two runs on five hits in a 7-4 victory. He also struck out six and walked one in 100 pitches, 65 strikes.
The 29-year-old has a 4.50 ERA through his two outings and is slated to pitch again Sunday at St. Louis. He went 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in four appearances (two starts) against the Cardinals last season.
Marco Estrada Ks eight in no-decision
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada made his first start of the season on Tuesday against the Rockies. He allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings of work.
Estrada gave up a run in the second before surrendering a solo home run to Troy Tulowitzki the following frame. Then in the fifth, Carlos Gonzalez launched a two-run homer off the right-hander. He was done after throwing 89 pitches, 60 for strikes, and left with the scored tied 4-4.
Estrada also struck out eight with no walks in the no-decision.
Marco Estrada takes a pass on Rockies
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada is scheduled to face the Rockies in his first start of the regular season. Unfortunately, his final turn in the spring rotation happened to land on the Rockies, as well. In order to keep Estrada from facing the Rockies twice in one week, he was given a start in a minor-league game Thursday, pitching six innings in his final spring tuneup. New acquisition Kyle Lohse started the Brewers' game against the Rockies.
Marco Estrada settles down against Angels
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada did not feel well heading into Saturday's Cactus League outing against the Angels but was able to continue his strong spring. He allowed two runs on two hits with three walks over five innings. The right-hander gave up all of his runs in the first before cruising over his final four innings. Estrada also struck out four.
Estrada, the No. 2 starter for Milwaukee, has a 1.88 ERA in four Cactus League appearances.
"I thought he pitched really well," manager Ron Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "We were a little concerned that he was going to just give us an inning or two. He felt a little so-so down in the bullpen, but once he got into it he felt good."
Brewers set rotation plans
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/19/2013) With less than two weeks remaining until opening day, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke announced his rotation members for the beginning of the season season. As expected, Yovani Gallardo will take the hill for the season opener and will be followed by Marco Estrada, Wily Peralta, Chris Narveson and Mike Fiers. Roenicke added the alignment is subject to change.
Marco Estrada pulled early due to wildness
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) Brewers starter Marco Estrada was uncharacteristically wild on Monday in a Cactus League start against the Indians. Estrada, who had a superb strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2012, allowed three walks in the first inning against the Tribe.
Estrada, who displayed his frustration on the mound, struggled to keep his changeup down and missed with his fastball over 2 1/3 innings. He appeared to be overthrowing by the end of his afternoon. Estrada allowed one run on three hits, including the three walks and a strikeout. His spring ERA remains 0.96. He went four shutout innings his last time out, allowing a hit and two walks.
Estrada, who projects near the top of the Milwaukee rotation to start the season, went 5-7 with a 3.64 ERA last year over 29 appearances and 23 starts. The 29-year-old struck out 143 in 138 1/3 innings and walked 29.
Estrada beat up by Canada
(3/9/2013) Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada received the start for Team Mexico in Saturday's World Baseball Classic matchup against Canada. Estrada was not his sharpest, however, as he allowed four runs on seven hits over three innings of work in the 10-3 loss. Estrada also struck out two with no walks.
Estrada with another solid outing
(3/3/2013) Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada was sharp in his spring debut and had another solid outing in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Cubs. He worked four scoreless innings, giving up just one hit while striking out three. Estrada also walked two in the 4-3 win. "I went out trying to work on stuff," he said. "I felt like the curveball was a little off and that I was rushing. Overall, I threw pretty well. I located with the fastball and that's the most important thing right now. Once you get that going you can work on the other stuff."
Estrada nasty in spring debut
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/26/2013) Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada made his first appearance of the spring on Tuesday against the Mariners. After Yovani Gallardo attempted to pitch the first three innings -- he made it 2 2/3 -- Estrada entered in the fourth and went three full frames of his own. Estrada was much more effective than Gallardo as he gave up just one hit over his three scoreless frames. Estrada struck out four batters in the performance. MLB.com described Estrada as nasty with his outing.
Estrada prepares for 2013
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (1/18/2013) The Brewers and starting pitcher Marco Estrada agreed on a one-year contract Friday to avoid arbitration, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Estrada was thrust into Milwaukee's starting rotation last season as a result of injuries and finished with a 5-7 record and 3.64 ERA over 23 starts. He also finished with a sterling strikeout-to-walk ratio of 143-to-29 over 138 1/3 innings in 29 total appearances.