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Game Thread #17: Brewers (7-9) at Astros (6-11)

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So, admittedly today is not a great pitching matchup, but it is interesting.

Jeff Suppan returns to the mound for the Brewers today. After two terrible performances to start the season, he provided a quality start and picked up his first win against the Mets on Sunday. He pitched well in one of baseball's greatest pitchers' parks on Sunday, now he gets an opportunity to prove it was for real in one of baseball's greatest hitters' parks, Minute Main Park in Houston. Like most opposing pitchers, Suppan has been beaten up by Lance Berkman in his career (.438/.538/.844 in 39 PAs), but he's also been kicked around a bit by Geoff Blum (.542/.560/.958 in 25 PAs).

Across the diamond, the Astros will be led by Mike Hampton, who has somehow made it to his fourth start of the season without a DL stint. Hampton is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA thus far, and has not allowed a home run in his 17.1 innings this season. Of all current Brewers, Mike Cameron has the best career stats against him, going 10-for-31 with two home runs.

Game time as at 6:05 and the Brewers could clinch a winning road trip with a win, something many of us probably would not have predicted a week ago. Saturday's Game Thread is now open.