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Game Thread #147: Astros (70-76) at Brewers (71-75)

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3 game series vs Astros @ Miller Park

Houston Astros
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Friday, Sep 18, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Bud Norris vs Chris Narveson

Mostly clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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And the battle for third place begins.

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

Bud Norris (5-3, 5.44) was the Pacific Coast League ERA champion this season, posting a 2.62 ERA in 120 innings in a pretty hitter friendly league. That success hasn't carried over as well to the Astros, where Norris has posted a 7.61 ERA over his last five starts. He beat the Brewers back on August 7, allowing just two runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. Since coming to the big leagues, he's posted a 1.567 WHIP, allowing over ten hits and four walks per nine innings of work.

Chris Narveson (1-0, 4.67) is making his second consecutive start in place of Manny Parra. He managed to escape the first three innings without allowing a run his last time out, but allowed the first three batters to reach in the fourth before being lifted. His pitches in that appearance were the most he's thrown as a Brewer this season by a wide margin: It's probably safe to assume he's good for 80-85 tonight, if things go well.

Narveson will have J.J. Hardy back in the lineup behind him: (h/t Tyler Barnes)

Felipe Lopez 2B
Corey Hart RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Mike Cameron CF
J.J. Hardy SS
Jason Kendall C
Chris Narveson P

And in the bullpen:

Todd Coffey pitched .1 innings (8 pitches) yesterday, and also pitched on Tuesday and Wednesday.Claudio Vargas pitched one inning (11 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Wednesday.Carlos Villanueva pitched one inning (10 pitches) yesterday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched one inning (10 pitches) yesterday.
David Weathers
pitched 1.2 innings (19 pitches) Wednesday.
Mitch Stetter
pitched .1 innings (19 pitches) Wednesday.
John Axford
has not pitched since Tuesday.
Chris Smith
has not pitched since Tuesday.
Josh Butler is in the bullpen but is not expected to pitch until Sunday.
Mike Burns recently rejoined the team, and hasn't pitched since the end of the AAA season.

Enjoy the game!