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Gamethread #17: Cubs (8-10) at Brewers (8-9)

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Once again the Brewers have lost the first two games of a series and are looking to not get swept. I don't like this theme. But, hey, bright side: Pirates are in town tomorrow!


Current Series

Cubs lead the series 2-0

Fri 04/23 WP: Ryan Dempster (2 - 0)
LP: Jeff Suppan (0 - 1)
1 - 8 loss
Sat 04/24 WP: Ted Lilly (1 - 0)
LP: Doug Davis (0 - 2)
1 - 5 loss

Chicago Cubs
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, Apr 25, 2010, 1:10 PM CDT
Miller Park

Randy Wells vs Dave Bush

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from left to right field at 15-25 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 50.

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Go ahead and join us after the jump for all the usual stuff. Unless you don't care about Brewers games. In which case you should re-assess your priorities.

Dave Bush (1-0, 2.41) is awesome. At least, thus far this season he has been awesome. Unless you look at FIP, which I do. If you do that, he has been fairly mediocre, with a 4.47 FIP, so...yay! Mostly that's due to him not racking up a lot of strikeouts (10 in 18.2 innings), as he hasn't given up a large amount of walks (6) or homeruns (2). He also has an awesome WHIP (1.07), so take from all that what you will. Davie Boy has faced many Cubs over ten times. Here are their stats:

Player PA Slash Line
Aramis Ramirez 37 .273/.351/.636
Alfonso Soriano 37 .303/.351/.515
Derrek Lee 32 .161/.188/.226
Ryan Theriot 30 .321/.367/.393
Kosuke Fukudome 24 .450/.542/.800
Mike Fontenot 15 .250/.400/.417
Xavier Nady 15 .231/.333/.462
Koyie Hill 11 .100/.182/.100
Geovany Soto 11 .222/.273/.556
Tom Gorzelanny 10 .111/.111/.111

Randy Wells (1-0, 2.45) has been equally effective for the Cubs. For Wells, his 2.42 FIP reflects his ERA as well, which is a good sign for him. He actually has pretty similar statistics to Bush in 18.1 innings. Wells has 13 strikeouts, only 3 more than Dave, but has also given up three less walks and has yet to allow a homerun this year. We all know he had a great rookie year last year. The only two Brewers that Wells has faced more 10 or more times are Milwaukees Lethal Weapons. Ryan Braun has a .417/.462/.500 line in 13 PA and Prince Fielder has hit .333/.400/.778 in 10 PA against Wells.

Lineup:
Weeks 4
Counsell 5
Braun 7
Fielder 3
Edmonds 8
Hart 9
Zaun 2
Escobar 6
Bush 1

Edmonds is back in center field and I still don't like it.

And your bullpen report:

Chris Narveson pitched 2 innings (50 pitches) yesterday.
Todd Coffey pitched 0.2 innings (11 pitches) yesterday and 1 inning (24 pitches) Friday.
Claudio Vargas pitched 1 inning (20 pitches) Thursday and 0.2 Inning (12 pitches) Friday.
Manny Parra pitched 1 inning (17 pitches) Thursday and 2 innings (35 pitches) Friday.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) Friday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) Thursday.
Carlos Villanueva hasn't pitched since Wednesday.

Go Brewers! And Go Pirates (to the nearest plane so you can get your butts in Milwaukee)!