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Game Thread #148: Astros (70-77) at Brewers (72-75)

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Brewers lead the series 1-0

Fri 09/18 WP: David Weathers (4 - 5)
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: Wesley Wright (3 - 4)
3 - 2 win

Houston Astros
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Saturday, Sep 19, 2009, 6:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Brian Moehler vs Jeff Suppan

Mostly clear. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Sun 09/20 1:05 PM CDT

At least one Wisconsin team is playing a legit opponent today. While the Badgers continue to celebrate their win over Wofford, the Brewers actually managed to schedule a team in their own league for a game tonight.

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

Brian Moehler (8-10, 5.01) has just one win in his last ten starts, and hasn't lasted past the sixth inning in a start since July. With that said, the Astros are 14-12 in games he starts this season, and have won each of his last three no decisions. The Brewers beat Moehler in his only start against them on August 15, picking up three earned runs on ten hits in five innings. Among Brewers who have faced Moehler at least ten times, Prince Fielder (.545/.667/1.041) and Jason Kendall (.714/.765/.786) have hit him well, while Ryan Braun (.250/.308/.250) has not.

Jeff Suppan (6-10, 4.87) picked up the loss last time out despite posting one of his best games as a Brewer, allowing just one earned run on three hits in seven innings. He's posted a 2.28 ERA over his last four starts, lowering his season ERA over 50 points. He's received no decisions in each of his previous two starts against the Astros, posting a 4.90 ERA in eleven innings. Geoff Blum (.536/.581/.893) and Lance Berkman (.417/.533/.778) hit him well, and Kazuo Matsui (.158/.158/.263) and Darin Erstad (.242/.286/.303) do not.

Here's tonight's lineup: (h/t Adam McCalvy)

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
Jeff Suppan RHP

And in the bullpen:

Carlos Villanueva pitched one inning (21 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Thursday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched one inning (11 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Thursday.Chris Smith pitched one inning (22 pitches) last night.
David Weathers
pitched one inning (10 pitches) last night.
Todd Coffey
pitched .1 innings (8 pitches) Thursday.Claudio Vargas pitched one inning (11 pitches) Thursday.
Mitch Stetter
has not pitched since Wednesday.
John Axford
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!