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Game Thread #22: Brewers (9-12) at Padres (13-8)

The Brewers are heading west for the weekend for a 4-game series in San Diego. Will they dig out of the hole they're in or are heads in the sand?

Current Series

4 game series vs Padres @ Petco Park

Milwaukee Brewers
@ San Diego Padres

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010, 9:05 PM CDT
Petco Park

Doug Davis vs Wade LeBlanc

Clear. Winds blowing in from left field at 15-25 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Pitching summaries, lineups and more after the break....

Don't forget to look at (the other) Nicole's series preview or the questions she answered over at Gaslamp Ball.

Doug Davis goes up against Wade LeBlanc tonight. This is LeBlanc's third partial season in major league baseball; he's never made an appearance against the Brewers in regular season action and none of the current Brewers roster has faced him. He's a lefthander with a history of walking batters, and we'll be seeing some slow fastballs (average of 86.9 mph in 2010) and changeups out of him. He's had some great starts this season since being called up after Chris Young was placed on the disabled list. In his last start against the Reds, he pitched 6 innings of 3-hit, scoreless ball.

Due to Davis being on the staff of the Padres' NL West rivals for the past few years, they've seen a heck of a lot of him. He's had 17 starts in his career against San Diego. 4 of those starts came in 2009. In his last start against the Padres, 2009-09-16 at Petco Park, he gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks in 6 innings. We already know that Davis gives up the walks, whether against the Padres or the rest of the league. This year is looking odd for Davis as he's walking less than his usual but is giving up more base hits. The trick for both Davis and LeBlanc will be preventing these small dribbles of baserunners from scoring.

Remember, no Casey McGehee tonight, but maybe tomorrow. He's supposed to rejoin the team on Friday as the small new McGehee arrived today.

Your lineups for today:

Milwaukee Brewers San Diego Padres
Rickie Weeks 2B Jerry Hairston SS
Carlos Gomez CF David Eckstein 2B
Ryan Braun LF Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Prince Fielder 1B Chase Headley 3B
Corey Hart RF Scott Hairston CF
Craig Counsell 3B Kyle Blanks LF
Alcides Escobar SS Oscar Salazar RF
George Kottaras C Yorvit Torrealba C
Doug Davis P Wade LeBlanc P

The daily bullpen usage (ugh) log:

Manny Parra pitched 3 innings (49 pitches) yesterday.
Claudio Vargas pitched 2 innings (32 pitches) yesterday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (23 pitches) yesterday and 1 inning Tuesday and should not be allowed anywhere near this game.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched 1 inning (10 pitches) yesterday.
Todd Coffey pitched 1 inning (18 pitches) yesterday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) yesterday.
Jeff Suppan pitched 1 inning (10 pitches) Monday. (Yes, he's the only rested pitcher in the 'pen.)

Looking at that log, I'd expect to see Suppan first if Davis runs into trouble, followed by Villanueva and Hawkins.