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Game Thread #132: Brewers (64-67) at Cardinals (78-55)

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Current Series

Cardinals lead the series 1-0

Tue 09/01 WP: Joel Pineiro (14 - 9)
SV: Ryan Franklin
LP: David Weathers (3 - 5)
6 - 7 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009, 7:15 PM CDT
Busch Stadium

Dave Bush vs Chris Carpenter

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

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Thu 09/03 1:15 PM CDT

It's time for game 2 of the series, and I'm guessing this time the game plan does not include walking Albert Pujols to get to Matt Holliday.

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

After throwing just 21.1 innings in 2007 and 2008, Chris Carpenter (14-3, 2.20) has reemerged as the ace of the Cardinals' staff and a legit Cy Young candidate. He current has the NL's lowest ERA, leads the league with 14 wins and ranks in the top five in WHIP, hits/9, BB/9, K/BB and HR/9. He silenced the Brewer bats on May 25, allowing just two hits, no runs and striking out ten over eight innings, but received a no decision in a game the Brewers eventually won, 1-0 in ten innings.

He'll face Dave Bush (3-5, 5.88), who is making just his second start since June. Bush didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning his last time out, but the wheels came off quickly in the fifth, and he allowed five earned runs and eight baserunners in 4.2 innings. Bush hasn't faced St. Louis this season, but several Cardinals are familiar with him anyway: seven of them have faced him at least ten times, with Yadier Molina (.333/.385/1.033 with three home runs in 13 PAs) having had the most success.

Frank Catalanotto gets the start tonight, and his 5-for-12 career line against Carpenter earned him a spot early in the order: (h/t JS)

2B Felipe Lopez
RF Frank Catalanotto
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
CF Mike Cameron
C Jason Kendall
SS J.J. Hardy
RHP Dave Bush

And in the bullpen:
David Weathers pitched .2 innings (13 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Chris Narveson pitched one inning (10 pitches) last night.
Todd Coffey pitched .1 innings (4 pitches) last night.
Chris Smith pitched 2 innings for Nashville Monday.
Claudio Vargas last pitched on Sunday.
Trevor Hoffman last pitched on Sunday.
Mitch Stetter last pitched on Sunday.
Carlos Villanueva last pitched on Saturday.Mark DiFelice last pitched on Thursday.

Enjoy the game!