Tonight's Matchup: Brewers (Greinke) vs. Cubs (Maholm)

Let's forget about yesterday. It's a new game today, and it's also a quick preview today.

Starting for the Brewers is Zack Greinke (3.46 ERA, 2.05 FIP). Here's the quick analysis on him: He's great at Miller Park. He has a 1.30 ERA at home vs. a 5.93 ERA on the road. Some of that inflation in the road ERA came from his one start against the Cubs. In 3 2/3 innings, he allowed eight runs on nine hits and a walk against the Cubs on April 12. He would love to get some redemption from that start.

Two Cubs have faced Greinke ten times or more:

Batter PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Alfonso Soriano 20 .278 .350 .333 .683
Starlin Castro 12 .333 .500 .444 .944

On the other side is Paul Maholm (4.82 ERA, 5.28 FIP). He is in his first season with the Cubs, and has struggled a bit. His biggest problem has been allowing home runs, as his HR/9 rate is up to 1.4 this season from a career rate of 0.8. He allowed 11 home runs total in 26 starts last season, and has already allowed 9 in 10 starts in 2012. Other than that, everything has been right around his career averages.

He has made one start against the Brewers this season. On April 10, he allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in four innings. Since he has spent his career in the NL Central, the Brewers have seen him quite a bit. Five current Brewers have faced him ten times or more:

Batter PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Corey Hart 54 .326 .407 .652 1.060
Rickie Weeks 53 .190 .358 .214 .573
Aramis Ramirez 44 .244 .295 .439 .734
Ryan Braun 43 .343 .419 .486 .904
Carlos Gomez 16 .467 .500 .800 1.300

Tonight's lineup:

Norichika Aoki RF
Carlos Gomez CF
Ryan Braun LF
Corey Hart 1B
Rickie Weeks 2B
Cody Ransom SS
Brooks Conrad 3B
Martin Maldonado C
Zack Greinke RHP

In the bullpen:

Manny Parra pitched 1.2 innings (31 pitches) yesterday.
Tim Dillard pitched .1 innings (15 pitches) yesterday.
Juan Perez pitched 1 inning (20 pitches) yesterday.
Kameron Loe pitched 1.2 innings (21 pitches) Sunday.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) Sunday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (19 pitches) Sunday.
Jose Veras
pitched an inning (10 pitches) Saturday.

Roof is open tonight.

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