I don't mean to be Mr. Gloom and Doom, but, in all honesty, if you have something else you've been putting off doing, today might not be the worst day to go do it.
The Brewers have lost two straight games and six of their last seven. They've already clinched their fourth straight series loss, and today, as they look to avoid a sweep, they're sending Jeff "Ace" Suppan to the mound.
We spent much of the week discussing Suppan in this space: why he's been terrible, what his role should be and whether or not he's even worthy of a big league roster spot. Ace has allowed 11 runs in 7.2 innings this season and has been the least valuable player in each of his two appearances (both losses). With that said, if he can find a way to pitch 16 scoreless innings today, he'll lower his ERA to 4.27, which would have been slightly below NL average (4.30) last season.
For the Brewers to have much hope today, they'll have to get significant run support, and that's the good news: Nelson Figueroa is expected to make his 2009 Mets debut today. Figueroa had a forgettable run as a Brewer in 2002, going 1-7 with a 5.03 ERA in 30 appearances, including 11 starts. He went four full seasons between big league appearances before re-emerging as a Met in 2008, making 16 appearances and posting a 4.57 ERA. The Brewers faced Figueroa in 2008, and Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy and Corey Hart combined to go 3-for-9 with two walks and two doubles.
With the Brewers down 2-0 in the series and Suppan on the mound, today may be the toughest test the Rally Lobster has ever faced:
Here's today's lineup, via the JS:
2B Rickie Weeks
RF Corey Hart
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
SS J.J. Hardy
CF Mike Cameron
3B Bill Hall
C Jason Kendall
RHP Jeff Suppan
Sunday's Game Thread is now open.