Tonight's Matchup: Brewers (Thornburg) @ Giants (Gaudin)


Stay up late with us tonight to watch the first game of the Brewers' last west coast road trip until 2014.

The Brewers play at 8 pm or later on five of the next six nights. Adjust your sleep cycle accordingly.

The Brewers and Giants will be the final MLB game to get underway on Monday when Chad Gaudin (2.64 ERA, 3.28 FIP) takes the mound at 9:15 tonight. Gaudin is only 30 years old but is making the tenth start of his eleventh MLB season. He beat the Phillies on Wednesday, allowing a single run on four hits over seven innings.

Gaudin is having a career year for the Giants, and you have to wonder if some of it has to do with his home ballpark. He's allowing less than .6 home runs per nine innings this season, as compared to 1.00 for his career. Just 5.7% of the fly balls hit against him are leaving the yard. He'll throw a low-90's fastball about two thirds of the time, along with a pretty heavily-used slider and a changeup.

Gaudin last faced the Brewers as a reliever on April 16, allowing a single hit while pitching 2.1 scoreless innings with no walks and three strikeouts. The only current Brewer who has faced him ten times or more is Yuniesky Betancourt, who is a career .318/.318/.545 batter against him in 23 plate appearances.

He'll face Tyler Thornburg (2.22 ERA, 3.41 FIP), who slotted into this spot in the rotation when Yovani Gallardo went on the DL with his strained hamstring. Thornburg looked good in game two of the doubleheader on Tuesday, allowing four hits and three walks over six shutout innings with six strikeouts. He threw 93 pitches in that outing.

It remains to be seen how Thornburg will perform tonight, but at least we know he'll probably work fast. He's averaging just 20.7 seconds between pitches in 2013, a number we should probably appreciate when this game hits the middle innings around 10:30 Central time.

Thornburg has never faced the Giants in the majors, and didn't face AAA Fresno this year either. No current Giants have seen him before.

Tonight's lineup is as follows:

Norichika Aoki RF
Jean Segura SS
Jonathan Lucroy C
Carlos Gomez CF
Caleb Gindl LF
Juan Francisco 1B
Jeff Bianchi 3B
Scooter Gennett 2B
Tyler Thornburg P

And in the bullpen:

If you thought the last few weeks have been cool in Milwaukee, you should see them in San Francisco. Tonight's game time temperature is expected to be around 55 with 93% humidity. Winds will be blowing out to center.

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