We've all heard about Rickie Week's amazing On Base Percentage since he returned from Nashville, but what about Carlos Villanueva? Since returning from the magic land of country music, He's only given up 4 Earned Runs in 19 Innings. He does seem to give up a bunch of hits and walks, but seems to be able to pitch out of it. He's going for his ninth win tonight, and six strikes outs would give him an even 100 for the year.
He'll be facing off against RHP Brad Thomspon, a sinkerball pitcher who's fighting for a spot on next years roster. He also continues the grand Saint Louis tradition of having an incredibly goofy looking picture, though he is unlucky enough to have a second one. Supposedly, he gives up a lot of home runs, which ideally will mean the Brewers will be able to ratchet up the numbers on the C-It-Go counter.
Things to watch for in the game: Did the Cardinals really think Soup was trying to hit Pujols in the 7th? If so, watch for some retaliation from the Cards tonight, especially considering that they hit Hart because he took an extra base on Monday.
Watch for the nice length Corey Hart is starting to get on his "Victory Beard." Look for Hardy to extend his hitting streak, and for Yost to bench at least one player that did well last night for some inexplicable reason (my guess... Prince Fielder because he only hits .225 on Wednesdays or something). Also watch for Brewers distracted by the sign in left field.
In the good news category, The Brewers bullpen has been well rested the last two days, with only McClung, Acquino and Chris Spurling being the only relievers that have pitched in the last two games.
Inspiring Quotes: Prince Fielder (paraphrased) "We win the rest of our games and the Cubs lose."
From "Breaking Away"
Mike: They want a fight, we'll give 'em a fight.
From "Major League"
Lou Brown: Forget about the curve ball Ricky, give him the heater.
Willie Mays Hayes: Don't you guys go anywhere. I plan to put on a hitting display.
Jake Taylor: [Jake stands up] Well then I guess there's only one thing left to do.
Roger Dorn: What's that?
Jake Taylor: Win the whole ** thing.