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Game Thread #146: Brewers (70-75) at Cubs (75-69)

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Current Series

Cubs lead the series 2-1

Mon 09/14 WP: Ryan Dempster (10 - 8)
SV: Carlos Marmol
LP: Jeff Suppan (6 - 10)
0 - 2 loss
Tue 09/15 WP: Aaron Heilman (3 - 3)
LP: Yovani Gallardo (12 - 12)
7 - 13 loss
Wed 09/16 WP: Braden Looper (13 - 6)
LP: Rich Harden (9 - 9)
9 - 5 win

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Chicago Cubs

Thursday, Sep 17, 2009, 1:20 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Dave Bush vs Randy Wells

Sunny. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Finally, the Brewers are almost done with the Cubs. After today's contest, the 2009 Brewers will say goodbye to their rivals from Chicago...until Monday, when they'll visit Miller Park.

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

You probably could have gotten pretty good odds before the season by betting on Randy Wells (10-8, 2.96) to win the NL Rookie of the Year, but he'll likely be one of the leading candidates when the vote is announced. He got knocked around a bit his last time out, allowing five runs (three earned) in 3.2 innings against the Reds, and is 1-3 in his last five starts, but his ERA is still under 3. He shut the Brewers out for five innings in his first major league start on May 8, but hasn't faced them since.

Dave Bush (4-7, 5.85), meanwhile, knows the Cubs all too well, having gone 1-7 with a 4.62 ERA against them in 14 appearances. With that said, he recorded a season high eleven strikeouts last time out, and held the D-Backs to one run on five hits. He's lowered his ERA over 60 points by allowing just three runs in his last 14 innings of work. He's faced the Cubs twice this season and picked up two no decisions, allowing five runs in 13.1 innings.

Fresh off a four hit night, Alcides Escobar gets his third straight start today, and he'll be joined in the lineup by Jody Gerut, Mike Rivera and Mat Gamel, making his first start since July 19: (h/t Adam McCalvy)

Felipe Lopez 2B
Jody Gerut RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Mike Cameron CF
Mat Gamel 3B
Mike Rivera C
Alcides Escobar SS
Dave Bush RHP

And in the bullpen today:

Todd Coffey pitched one inning (12 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Tuesday.
David Weathers
pitched 1.2 innings (19 pitches) last night.
Mitch Stetter
pitched .1 innings (19 pitches) last night.
Claudio Vargas pitched one inning (8 pitches) last night.
John Axford
pitched one inning (30 pitches) on Tuesday.
Chris Smith
pitched one inning (29 pitches) on Tuesday.
Carlos Villanueva
pitched .2 innings (19 pitches) on Tuesday.
Trevor Hoffman last pitched on Sunday.
Josh Butler is in the bullpen but probably won't pitch, unless the team decides to start Yovani Gallardo on Sunday.
Mike Burns recently rejoined the team, and hasn't pitched since the end of the AAA season.