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Game Thread #78: Mets (37-39) at Brewers (42-35)

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Current Series

Brewers lead the series 2-0

Mon 06/29 10 - 6 win
Tue 06/30 WP: Mike Burns ( - )
LP: Johan Santana ( - )
6 - 3 win

New York Mets
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009, 1:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Mike Pelfrey vs Yovani Gallardo

Mostly cloudy,rain. Game time temperature around 65.

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Everyone loves a Yovani-day, right?

Yovani Gallardo (8-4, 2.86 ERA) takes the mound today for the Brewers, who are attempting to get back to eight games over .500 for the first time since completing a sweep of the Indians on June 17. Gallardo has had a couple of short outings recently, but all told he was very good in June: he posted a 2.20 ERA in 32.2 innings. He's also been a workhorse: He's averaging slightly less than 6.2 innings per start on the season and has thrown 100 or more pitches in 13 of his 15 appearances.

For the Mets, it's Mike Pelfrey (5-3, 4.67) taking the mound. The Met defense faltered behind him his last time out, creating a situation most pitchers wouldn't find amusing:

"There was a point there, I started laughing," Pelfrey said following his five-inning outing. "You want the ball to get hit to those guys. They make great plays all the time. That was just weird."

(h/t CBS, via TheJay)

Hopefully the Brewers can give him something to laugh about today as well.

Mat Gamel is back in the lineup, and Jody Gerut gets a rare start as well (h/t McCalvy):

Craig Counsell 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Corey Hart RF
Mat Gamel 3B
Jason Kendall C
Jody Gerut CF
Yovani Gallardo RHP

In the bullpen:

Todd Coffey threw 25 pitches last night, and has appeared in two straight games.
Mark DiFelice threw 13 pitches last night.
Mitch Stetter has not pitched since Monday.
Carlos Villanueva has not pitched since Monday.
Trevor Hoffman has not pitched since Monday.
Chris Smith
last pitched on Sunday.
Chris Narveson last pitched on Sunday.

Wednesday's matinee game thread is now open.