Today's Matchup: Milwaukee (Fiers) vs. San Diego (Cashner)

Ballroom Dancing

Andrew Cashner (3-3, 3.81) has made one start in his major league career. On April 5, 2011, Cashner pitched 5.1 innings of two hit ball for the Chicago Cubs, allowing just one earned run to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The one run scored on a Ryan Roberts home run. However, he also strained his rotator cuff and subsequently missed most of the 2011 season, as well as his spot in the Cubs' rotation. He came back and had six relief outings in September, allowing just one run. Because of the injury, it was mostly a wasted year for Cashner, who had a 4.80 ERA in his rookie season in 2010, pitching in 53 games out of the Chicago bullpen.

Instead of being given another shot with the Cubs this spring, Cashner was traded to San Diego along with Kyung-Min Na for Anthony Rizzo and Zach Cates. Cashner has been heavily used out of the Padres' bullpen, with 27 appearances already. Thus far he has a 3.81 ERA and a 4.15 FIP. Not known as a high-strikeout pitcher, Cashner has a 10.04 K/9 this year. However, with the high strikeout rate has come a high walk rate as his BB/9 has jumped to 5.54. The Padres are hoping that a move to the rotation will help provide more consistency for Cashner.

The hard-throwing righty has used three pitches this year: A 99 MPH four seamer (67%), an 88 MPH slider(18%), and an 89 MPH changeup (16%). An 89 MPH changeup. Jamie Moyer's fastball was 78 MPH.

Cashner has not yet faced a Brewers batter at least ten times.

For the Brewers, Michael Fiers (1-1, 3.75) will be making his third career start. I feel like I have said quite a lot about Fiers over the past few weeks, so if you want a rundown of his career when he was first called up, you can find that here. Fiers has been excellent in his short time in the majors. His only issue so far has been back-to-back homeruns that he gave up his last outing. I wouldn't expect that to continue as he has been excellent over his career at keeping the ball in the park.

Fiers has impressed so far. He may be fighting for a rotation spot as Marco Estrada could be coming back soon from injury. Hopefully Fiers can put up another good start today.

Fiers, of course, has not faced any current Padres hitters.

Lineups:

1. Will Venable (L) RF
2. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
3. Mark Kotsay (L) LF
4. Chase Headley (S) 3B
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
7. John Baker (L) C
8. Everth Cabrera (S) SS
9. Andrew Cashner (R) P
1. Corey Hart (R) 1B
2. Norichika Aoki (L) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
5. Rickie Weeks (R) 2B
6. Cody Ransom (R) SS
7. Nyjer Morgan (L) CF
9. Michael Fiers (R) P

In the bullpen:

Tim DIllard pitched two innings (34 pitches) yesterday.
Kameron Loe pitched 1.1 innings (6 pitches) yesterday.

Jose Veras
pitched .1 innings (2 pitches) Thursday.
John Axford pitched two innings (23 pitches) Thursday.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (27 pitches) Thursday.
Juan Perez pitched one inning (13 pitches) last night.
Manny Parra last pitched on Tuesday.

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