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Game Thread #149: Astros (70-78) at Brewers (73-75)

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Brewers lead the series 2-0

Fri 09/18 WP: David Weathers (4 - 5)
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: Wesley Wright (3 - 4)
3 - 2 win
Sat 09/19 WP: Jeff Suppan (7 - 10)
LP: Tim Byrdak (1 - 2)
7 - 2 win

Houston Astros
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, Sep 20, 2009, 1:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Felipe Paulino vs Yovani Gallardo

Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Sick of the Packers already? Take a break today and watch the Brewers try to go 8-2 over a ten game stretch for the first time since May 10-21.

What's that? You're not sick of the Packers? Well, you can at least flip back and forth, right? It's Yovani Gallardo's final start of the season. You're going to spend October-February missing baseball and wishing you had watched more games like this one.

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

At first glance, Felipe Paulino (2-9, 6.06) looks like exactly the kind of guy you'd want to face while going for a series sweep. Actually, though, he hasn't been as bad lately as his overall numbers would suggest, posting a 2.83 ERA in his last 22.1 innings, striking out 25 and walking just six. The Brewers beat him back in April, putting up four earned runs on ten hits in six innings. If you thought Gallardo struggled to get run support, check this out: The Astros have scored one run or less in eight of Paulino's 14 starts this season.

Meanwhile, today is the final 2009 start for Yovani Gallardo (12-12, 3.84), and while the Brewers might not have gotten everything we hoped for from him this season, it's still one to remember. Gallardo needs just three strikeouts to reach 200 on the season, and would be just the fourth Brewer to accomplish that feat, joining Teddy Higuera (1986 and 1987), Ben Sheets (2004) and Doug Davis (2005). He's thrown 104 or more pitches and failed to pitch past the sixth inning in each of his last six starts, but won't thrown that many today: He told Adam McCalvy he expects to have a pitch count of about 75-80.

Here's the lineup he'll have behind him:

Craig Counsell 2B
Corey Hart RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Jody Gerut CF
Mike Rivera C
Alcides Escobar SS
Yovani Gallardo P

And in the bullpen:

David Weathers pitched one inning (11 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Friday.
Todd Coffey
pitched one inning (12 pitches) last night..
Carlos Villanueva
pitched one inning (21 pitches) Friday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched one inning (11 pitches) Friday.Chris Smith pitched one inning (22 pitches) Friday.Claudio Vargas has not pitched since Thursday.
Mitch Stetter
has not pitched since Wednesday.
John Axford
has not pitched since Tuesday.
Josh Butler is expected to pitch today in relief of Gallardo.
Mike Burns recently rejoined the team, and hasn't pitched since the end of the AAA season.
Seth McClung was recently activated from the DL and could pitch today.

Enjoy the game!