Why does D-backs right-hander Josh Collmenter turn into Cy Young every time he takes the mound against the Brewers? Collmenter himself isn't sure.
"Maybe for whatever reason I've just been on every time I've pitched against them," he said ahead of his Tuesday start at Miller Park. "They're usually an aggressive club. If you can make good pitches a lot of times you can have success against aggressive clubs just by moving the ball around, mixing it up. That kind of plays into what I do with location, and adding and subtracting with the pitches."
Collmenter owns a 1.23 ERA in five games (three starts) against the Brewers, plus a win in Game 3 of the 2011 National League Division Series in which he held Milwaukee to a run on two hits over seven innings.
He'll pitch opposite Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada, who has faced Arizona three times in relief, but never as a starter.
Collmenter hasn't started against the Brewers since 2012.
"They're still very aggressive," he said. "Definitely they're a good fastball hitting club. Each team has a mindset or hitting philosophy, especially if the hitting coach stays the same. They seem to be a really aggressive club so it's just a matter of making good pitches, and you can get them to swing at more pitcher pitches than hitter pitches, especially if you get ahead in the count."
D-backs: Owings named NL's top rookie
D-backs shortstop Chris Owings' .313 batting average earned him the National League's Rookie of the Month honor for April. His average led all NL rookies, as did his five doubles, six extra-base hits, 26 hits and 28 games played . He stole four bases, which was second among NL rookies, and was tied for second with seven runs scored.
"You have expectations for yourself," Owings said. "For me, it's just trying to come out and play consistent baseball day in and day out, and just playing hard, and the results show for themselves. "They've come up the first month, but it doesn't stop here," he said. "There's a lot more baseball to be played. I'm just going to try to get better as a baseball player."
Brewers: Club seeking an offensive flow
What was atop Brewers manager Ron Roenicke's wish list when his team returned home from its first road series loss of the season?
"Better key hitting," Roenicke said Monday.
The Brewers batted .186 and were limited to 10 total runs while losing three of four games in Cincinnati before returning home to host Arizona this week. Roenicke expects better things from his lineup as the season grinds on.
"I think we've faced some better pitching, but we've faced good pitching all along," he said. "Even when we were winning all those games early, we weren't just killing the ball. We weren't scoring six, seven, eight runs a game. So I think it's just, be consistent, and when you get the runners out there, move them over, and when you get them over, you need to get them in."
• The D-backs are 8-9 on the road this season.
• Brewers starting pitchers have produced a Major League-leading 26 quality starts in 33 games this season