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Mike Fiers will make the start for the Brewers today. After struggling towards the end of 2012, Fiers has been great thus far this spring. He has pitched 12.1 innings over four appearances and has given up just three earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out eleven. If he can keep doing that into the 2013 season, I think we'd all be pretty happy. Fiers finished 2012 with a 3.74 ERA in 23 appearances (22 starts), which shows how good he was when he first was called up. Over his final ten starts, Fiers had a 6.99 ERA.
Opposing Fiers will be Mike Leake. In 2010, Leake became one of the rare players to be called up to the majors the same year he was drafted. His season went well and he showed a big improvement the next year by bringing his ERA down to 3.86. Unfortunately for him, he took a step back in 2012, with a career worst 4.58 ERA. He has been doing well this spring, however, with just one run given up in five innings. Leake is fighting for a rotation spot as, right now, the Reds may have five starters ahead of him with Aroldis Chapman being turned into a starting pitcher.
Today's lineup features the return of Aramis Ramirez: