Game Thread #-5: Brewers (13-14-2) vs. Giants (16-13-2)

March 21, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) throws in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

Spring training records may mean nothing, but it does feel better to finish above .500 than below it. The Brewers have a chance to get back to the .500 mark today with a win, and they are looking to their Opening Day starter to do it.

It is a matchup of Opening Day starters today. For the Brewers, Yovani Gallardo gets his final tune-up before the start of the regular season and his Opening Day assignment against the Cardinals. Countering for the Giants is Tim Lincecum, who gets his last spring start before his Opening Day assignment in Arizona.

Today is the last matchup of the spring between these teams, and it has been as even as it can get. The Brewers have posted a record of 1-1-1 against the Giants this spring.

There is no TV for today's game, but it will be broadcast over the Brewers radio network.

Check out the pitching matchups below the jump, and then join us in the comments to discuss today's game.

Yovani Gallardo (3.52 ERA, 3.59 FIP in 2011; 4.00 ERA, 3.60 FIP in Spring Training) makes his sixth and final start of the spring today. Two of his last three appearances have been rough. He allowed four runs against in each of two starts against the Royals, and pitched 4.2 scorless innings against the Diamondbacks in between those starts.

Over his career, Gallardo has posted a 2.96 ERA and 1.142 WHIP against the Giants. He made two starts against them in 2011. His first start was eight scoreless innings on May 29th in a 6-0 win. In his other start, he allowed two runs in seven innings in a 2-1 loss on July 24th.

Pitching for the Giants is Tim Lincecum (2.74 ERA, 3.17 FIP in 2011; 4.26 ERA, 3.31 FIP in Spring Training). Lincecum has not had a scoreless appearance yet this spring, though four of the five appearances have been two runs or less. In his last start against the Angels, he allowed two runs on five hits in five innings, walking two and striking out two.

In eight career starts against the Brewers, Lincecum has posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.304 WHIP in 46 innings. He made one start against the Brewers in 2011, allowing three runs in seven innings in a 5-4 win over the Brewers.

Here is the lineup for today.

Rickie Weeks 2B
Nyjer Morgan CF
Ryan Braun LF
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Mat Gamel 1B
Jonathan Lucroy C
Alex Gonzalez SS
Norichika Aoki RF
Yovani Gallardo RHP

Enjoy the game.

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