Astros Vs. Brewers Series Preview: Houston Looks To Break Another Losing Streak

HOUSTON - APRIL 27: Pitcher Bud Norris #20 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park on April 27, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Houston Astros face the Milwaukee Brewers at Minute Maid Park this weekend, looking to avoid another series sweep. Milwaukee just swept the NL Central division leading Cincinnati Reds this week.

The Astros begin a three-game series against the Brewers on Friday at Minute Maid Park, coming off the business end of a four-game sweep against the Nationals at home.

On the bright side for the Stros, Milwaukee is one of the league's disappointing teams this season with a pitiful road record (18-33). But on the other hand, the Brewers last road win came more than a month ago in Houston and they'll be looking for another in one of the game's friendliest ballparks, against the game's worst squad.

Not that momentum should be a factor here, but the Brewers also just swept the divisions best team in the Reds, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they are welcoming this matchup in Houston with a chance to extend their winning streak to six games.

The Astros could hand Milwaukee its first 10-game road losing streak in nearly 20 years with a win on Friday night, which means nothing to Houston other than snapping its own losing streak and avoiding another sweep at home.

Let's just see how this goes. Take a look at your probable starting pitchers this weekend:

Friday: Bud Norris (5-9, 5.07 ERA) vs. Mark Rogers (0-1, 5.91 ERA)

Saturday: Dallas Keuchel (1-4 5.60 ERA) vs. Marco Estrada (0-5, 4.13 ERA)

Sunday: Jordan Lyles (2-8, 5.69 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (10-8, 3.79 ERA)

Read more on the Astros at The Crawfish Boxes and SB Nation Houston. Head over to Brew Crew Ball for more on the Brewers. Baseball Nation is your source for news and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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