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Game Thread #143: Brewers (69-73) at Cubs (73-68)

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4 game series vs Cubs @ Wrigley Field

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Chicago Cubs

Monday, Sep 14, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Jeff Suppan vs Ryan Dempster

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Ok, so maybe this four game series at Wrigley isn't the critical chapter in the 2009 season that we all hoped it'd be. But, with that said, the Brewers enter play tonight four games under .500, so with a sweep they could leave Chicago back at .500 for the first time in weeks and just half a game back of the Cubs for second place in the Central. That's good for something, right?

Follow the jump for tonight's pitching matchup, lineup and conversation on tonight's game!

Jason KendallPrince FielderJ.J. HardyCorey Hart

(.087/.192/.217). Neither are in the lineup tonight.

Derrek Lee

has been licking his chops all day: He's faced Suppan 59 times in his career and hit .429/.525/.816 against him.

Alcides Escobar

Felipe Lopez 2B
Craig Counsell SS
Casey McGehee 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Mike Cameron CF
Jody Gerut RF
Jason Kendall C
Frank Catalanotto LF
Jeff Suppan RHP

And in the bullpen:

Mitch Stetter pitched .1 innings (15 pitches) yesterday, and also pitched on Friday and Saturday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched two innings (28 pitches) yesterday.
Claudio Vargas pitched 1.2 innings (22 pitches) yesterday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched one inning (11 pitches) yesterday.
Chris Smith pitched .2 innings (2 pitches) yesterday.
Mark DiFelice pitched .1 innings (10 pitches) and left yesterday's game with a shoulder strain.
Todd Coffey last pitched on Saturday.
David Weathers last pitched on Friday.
John Axford still may or may not actually exist.

Enjoy the game!