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Game Thread #76: Mets (37-37) at Brewers (40-35)

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3 game series vs Mets @ Miller Park

New York Mets
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Monday, Jun 29, 2009, 6:08 PM CDT
Miller Park

Fernando Nieve vs Braden Looper

Cloudy. Game time temperature around 70.

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Tue 06/30 7:05 PM CDT
Wed 07/01 1:05 PM CDT

After losing two of three to the Twins to open a nine-game homestand, the Brewers now need to take two of three from the Mets to finish the stretch at 5-4. Tonight, they'll send Braden Looper (5-4, 5.16 ERA) to the mound to try to get started.

Looper hasn't factored in the decision in four of his last five starts, and took the loss in the one exception. He has a 7.18 ERA during that stretch, and has allowed opposing batters to hit .301/.339/.549. Looper, of course, was a Met in 2004 and 2005, when he recorded 57 saves. In his ten other seasons, Looper has pitched very well against the Mets, posting a 2.35 ERA in 47 appearances.

For the Mets, it's 26-year old Fernando Nieve, making his fourth start. Nieve has been very effective in the big leagues, posting a 1.31 ERA in 20.2 innings. He faced the Brewers three times in 2006 as a member of the Astros, and went 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA in nine innings. On the season, he's posted a 0.968 WHIP.

Craig Counsell is back in the lineup tonight:

Craig Counsell 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Mike Cameron CF
Frank Catalanotto RF
Jason Kendall C
Braden Looper RHP

And in the bullpen:

Carlos Villanueva last pitched on Friday.
Todd Coffey
last pitched on Saturday.
Chris Smith
pitched an inning yesterday.
Mitch Stetter
last pitched on Saturday.
Trevor Hoffman last pitched on Saturday.
Mark DiFelice pitched an inning yesterday.
Chris Narveson pitched an inning yesterday.

It's an early start tonight: 6:05 local time, even though the game is in Milwaukee. Monday's Game Thread is now open.