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Game Thread #157: Brewers (77-79) at Rockies (88-68)

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3 game series vs Rockies @ Coors Field

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Colorado Rockies

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009, 7:40 PM CDT
Coors Field

Chris Narveson vs Jason Marquis

Mostly clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Wed 09/30 7:40 PM CDT
Thu 10/01 2:10 PM CDT

And the final road trip commences with an opportunity to play spolier in Denver.

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

Jason Marquis (15-12, 3.98) is having another career year at the perfect time, as he prepares to become a free agent this offseason. His 15 wins tie a career high, and with one inning pitched tonight he'll set a new career high there as well. Despite spending the season in Colorado, he's significantly lowered his home runs allowed (down to .7 per 9 innings after .8, 1.0 and 1.6 the previous three seasons), and has made over 30 starts for five of the last six years. He's struggled lately, though, posting a 6.49 ERA and allowing opposing batters to hit .313/.394/.481 in his last six starts. Normally I'd tell you who hits him well, but every Brewer seems to hit him well: Current Brewers have faced him 217 times and hit .306/.362/.461 off of him.

Meanwhile, Chris Narveson (2-0, 3.82) is making his fourth start of the season, and has gotten a little better each time out. Last time, he struck out ten batters in just 70 pitches over 5.2 innings against the Cubs. The Brewers are 3-0 when he starts this season. Colorado might not be the best place for him to pitch, however: He's posted a 2.31 ERA since August 27, but he's allowed 5 home runs in 23.1 innings (nearly 2 per nine innings) over that time. He hasn't thrown more than 86 pitches as a Brewer, so 100 is probably the max for him, and 90 might be more realistic.

Here's the lineup, courtesy of 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
Chris Narveson LHP

In the bullpen tonight:

Mitch Stetter pitched one inning (25 pitches) Sunday.
David Weathers pitched one inning (18 pitches) Sunday.
Chris Smith pitched 1.2 innings (11 pitches) Sunday.
Trevor Hoffman has not pitched since Saturday.Todd Coffey has not pitched since Saturday.
Carlos Villanueva has not pitched since Saturday.
Claudio Vargas has not pitched since Friday.John Axford has not pitched since Thursday.
Seth McClung
has not pitched since Monday, September 21.
Mike Burns has not pitched since Tuesday, but likely won't pitch due to damage to his labrum.