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Game Thread #8: Brewers (3-4) at Cubs (3-4)

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Ok, so Game 1 is out, but the Brewers can still remain ahead of the Cubs in the NL Central with a win today.


Current Series

Cubs lead the series 1-0

Mon 04/12 WP: Ryan Dempster (1 - 0)
LP: Doug Davis (0 - 1)
5 - 9 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010, 6:05 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Dave Bush vs Randy Wells

Mostly sunny. Winds blowing from right to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Follow us after the jump for today's pitching matchup, lineup and more on today's game!

Randy Wells (1-0, 0.00 in 2010, 12-10, 3.05 last season) has yet to allow a run in 2010, after pitching six shutout innings against the Braves on Thursday. He allowed six hits and two walks in the game, with one strikeout. Wells has been a bit of a revelation for the Cubs over the last two seasons: At this time last year, he was pitching in AAA Iowa and had 5.1 innings of big league experience. Since then, he's posted a 2.94 ERA in 171.1 innings and FanGraphs estimates he's been worth 3.2 wins. He faced the Brewers five times last season (twice in relief), and had a 2.95 ERA in 18.1 innings. striking out 15 and walking eight. Ryan Braun is the only Brewer who's faced him at least ten times, and he hit .444/.500/.536 against him.

He'll face Dave Bush (0-0, 4.76 in 2010, 5-9, 6.38 last season), who allowed three runs on four hits in 5.2 innings last time out, walking two and striking out six. As someone who's been around the NL Central for a while, Bush is all too familiar with the Cubs: He's 2-8 with a 5.13 ERA in 16 appearances (15 starts) against them, and eight Cub position players (along with Tom Gorzelanny) have faced him at least ten times:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Aramis Ramirez 34 .300 .382 .700 1.082
Alfonso Soriano 34 .300 .353 .500 .853
Derrek Lee 32 .161 .188 .226 .413
Ryan Theriot 27 .280 .333 .360 .693
Kosuke Fukudome 21 .471 .571 .882 1.454
Mike Fontenot 13 .200 .385 .300 .685
Xavier Nady 12 .182 .250 .455 .705
Koyie Hill 11 .100 .182 .100 .282

Carlos Gomez is back in the lineup today for the first time since Saturday, but Adam McCalvy notes that he's dropped down in the order:

Rickie Weeks 2B
Corey Hart RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Gregg Zaun C
Carlos Gomez CF
Alcides Escobar SS
Dave Bush P

And in the bullpen:

Chris Narveson pitched 2 innings (24 pitches) Monday
Todd Coffey pitched 1 inning (17 pitches) Monday
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 innings (12 pitches) Monday
Claudio Vargas pitched .2 innings (19 pitches) Monday
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (25 pitches) Sunday
LaTroy Hawkins pitched .1 inning (4 pitches) Sunday
Manny Parra pitched 2 innings (29 pitches) Saturday
Mitch Stetter pitched .1 innings (2 pitches) a week ago today.

Enjoy the game!