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4/28 Game Thread: Brewers (12-10) at Cubs (12-8)

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For the rest of the world, the story today is whether Greg Maddux, 2006 wonder boy, can start the season 5-0. If he were pitching for anybody else, I'd be rooting for him like he was one of our own. And still, I've got him on a couple of fantasy teams (along with Dave Bush!), so I wouldn't mind a nice pitcher's duel: say, 3-1 Brewers?

For us, the question is whether the Crew can keep this momemtum going over an off day and play a good series on the road. So far, Milwaukee has played three road series (against the Astros, Mets, and Cardinals) and taken exactly one game from each. The Cubs, while they're without Derrek Lee, haven't imploded yet, thanks in large part to the efforts of Mr. Maddux.

It's a 1:20 CT start this afternoon, as it will be tomorrow and the following day.

While you wait, some reading: rluzinski checks out the Brewers' pythagorean record to this point, based on baseRuns, which you'll have to scroll down further on his site to read more about. Also of a statistical bent, David Gassko has an article today at The Hardball Times that answers my question: are consistent starters better than inconsistent ones? Good stuff, and saves me some work.

Go Brewers!

Update [2006-4-28 13:53:12 by Jeff]:

Starting Lineups
Brewers Cubs
Rickie Weeks - 2B Juan Pierre - CF
JJ Hardy - SS Ronny Cedeno - SS
Geoff Jenkins - RF Todd Walker - 1B
Carlos Lee - LF Aramis Ramirez - 3B
Prince Fielder - 1B Matt Murton - LF
Corey Koskie - 3B Jacque Jones - RF
Damian Miller - C Neifi Perez - 2B
Brady Clark - CF Henry Blanco - C
Dave Bush - P Greg Maddux - P

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