Game Thread #-6: Brewers (12-14-2) at Padres (19-12)

Feb 26, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chris Narveson (38) during photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

We're under a week away from opening day, and the excitement is building.

Today's matchup features Chris Narveson for the Brewers, who is projected to be the fifth starter in the rotation. On the other side for the Padres is Tim Stauffer, projected to be their opening day starter and top pitcher in their rotation.

Today's game will be on FSN for TV and WTMJ for radio.

Check out the pitching matchup below the jump, then join us in the comments to discuss the game.

Chris Narveson (4.45 ERA, 4.06 FIP in 2011; 3.66 ERA, 4.93 FIP in Spring Training) is making his sixth start of the spring today. He made a start against the Padres earlier this season, and pitched 3.2 scoreless innings that day. In the two starts after that, he has struggled. Over his last 10.1 innings, he has allowed seven runs, twelve hits, five walks, and only has two strikeouts.

In two career regular season starts against the Padres, he has posted a 2.61 ERA and 1.161 WHIP. He made one start against them in 2011 on May 19, pitching 7.1 scoreless innings and allowing only four hits and one walk while striking out four. He recorded a no-decision that day as the offense did not score a run and the Brewers lost 1-0.

After today, the Brewers will go through the rotation one more time during spring training before the regular season. The rotation is set up for the Brewers, and it it set up like this: Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke, Randy Wolf, Shaun Marcum, and Chris Narveson.

On the other side, Tim Stauffer (3.73 ERA, 4.03 FIP in 2011; 5.60 ERA, 4.23 FIP in Spring Training) starts for the Padres. He has had a rough spring, allowing runs in four of his five starts. In his last spring start against the Cubs, he allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three.

Stauffer has made five regular season appearances against the Brewers, posting a 4.85 ERA and a 1.692 WHIP. In his one start against the Brewers in 2011, he gave up six earned runs on nine hits and two walks in 5.1 innings.

Brewers lineup:

Weeks 4
Morgan 8
Braun 7
Ramirez 5
Gamel 3
Lucroy 2
Gonzalez 6
Gomez 9
Narveson 1

Enjoy the game.

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