Game Thread #99: Nationals (30-68) at Brewers (49-49)

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4 game series vs Nationals @ Miller Park

Washington Nationals
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Monday, Jul 27, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Craig Stammen vs Jeff Suppan

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Ok, if the Brewers can't win this series, they're in serious trouble. It's Craig Stammen vs. Jeff Suppan at 7:05. Follow the jump for tonight's pitching matchup, lineups and conversation on tonight's game!

Craig Stammen (3-5, 4.14) is 25 years old and making his 13th start in his first major league season. So far it's been a solid rookie campaign: He's pitched slightly more than six innings per start (74 total, in 12 games), has posted a 1.176 WHIP and a 34/15 K/BB ratio. He's 2-2 in July but has pitched very well, allowing a 2.15 ERA in 29.1 innings. He picked up the win last time out, allowing just one run on four hits in 7.1 innings of work. He's facing the Brewers for the first time.

He'll be opposed by Jeff Suppan (5-7, 4.71), who hasn't won a game since June 12. Suppan was lucky not to get the loss last time out against the Pirates, allowing five earned runs (four home runs) in just 3.1 innings of work, in a game the Brewers came back to tie but eventually lost. Suppan has posted a 3.32 ERA against the Nationals in his career, second lowest of any opponent (the Brewers are the lowest), but he hasn't faced many current Nats: Only Cristian Guzman (.178/.196/.178 in 45 ABs) and Adam Dunn (.481/.632/.815 in 27) have faced Suppan more than 15 times. And, if you've got some cash burning a hole in your pocket, sponsorship of Suppan's B-Ref page is available for $35.

What does Casey McGehee have to do to get some at bats? He's hitting .319/.372/.524 but Craig Counsell is playing in his place at third again tonight (h/t JS):

2B Felipe Lopez
3B Craig Counsell
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
CF Mike Cameron
RF Corey Hart
SS J.J. Hardy
C Jason Kendall
RHP Jeff Suppan

And in the bullpen:

Chris Smith pitched one inning (19 pitches) yesterday.
Mark DiFelice pitched one inning (18 pitches) yesterday.
R.J. Swindle pitched 2 innings for Nashville on Saturday.
Mitch Stetter pitched one inning (12 pitches) on Saturday.
Todd Coffey pitched .2 innings (12 pitches) on Saturday.
Carlos Villanueva has not pitched since Friday, but will start tomorrow.
Tim Dillard is backing up Villanueva tomorrow, and last pitched on Wednesday for Nashville.
Trevor Hoffman has not pitched since Tuesday.

Enjoy the game!

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