Home sweet home: Make no mistake about it, Yost said. The Brewers cannot continue to struggle so badly on the road and win the National League Central."We cannot continue to play like this on the road," Yost said. Entering Friday's game, the team was 36-17 at Miller Park, but 20-29 everywhere else. Last year, the Brewers were 48-33 at home and 27-54 on the road. "Why would our whole team -- our whole record and everything we do -- be so much different on the road?" Yost said. "It's not one guy. You can say that of everybody. Do we have one player that outperforms his home splits on the road?" Johnny Estrada entered Friday with an .801 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) on the road versus .626 at home. On the pitching side, Carlos Villanueva was 3-0 with a 2.68 ERA in road games and 3-2 with a 4.78 ERA at home, and Chris Spurling had a 2.37 ERA on the road and 6.92 at home. Most other Brewers had performed dramatically better at Miller Park. "They do not have the same comfort level on the road that they do at home, and I don't know why," Yost said. "You see them fighting more on the road. They're fighting it more. They're not as relaxed on the road as they are at home. It's a bit of a different feeling. "But nothing changes. I think with younger teams, they need to feel that same relaxed feeling on the road as they do at home, and they're going to be great, because they're not two different teams." He's back: Estrada returned to the lineup Friday after missing three games with a tight left hamstring, but was not 100 percent. "It just is not getting that much better," Yost said. "I was hoping that three days was going to make it feel a little better. He's not going to be a speed burner, [but] Johnny could play like that all year long." On deck: The Brewers face a key test on Saturday, when they play a day-night doubleheader against the Cardinals. Left-hander Manny Parra will make his first Major League start in the noon CT game against right-hander Brad Thompson, and Brewers lefty Chris Capuano will start the nightcap against righty Anthony Reyes.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less