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Gamethread #37: Phillies (22-13) at Brewers (15-21)

The Brewers try to avoid a sweep. Again.

Current Series

Phillies lead the series 2-0

Fri 05/14 WP: Jamie Moyer (5 - 2)
LP: Randy Wolf (3 - 3)
5 - 9 loss
Sat 05/15 WP: Joe Blanton (1 - 2)
SV: Jose Contreras
LP: Chris Narveson (3 - 1)
6 - 10 loss

Philadelphia Phillies
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, May 16, 2010, 7:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Cole Hamels vs Doug Davis

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around .

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Doug Davis Dave Bush VERSUS Cole Hamels. Follow the jump for your game info.

Doug Davis was scratched from his start. It's 1:3am heading out the door to drive to Madison before going from there to Miller Park for the game, for which I will be in attendance. As such, I have no idea who is starting. Exciting!

But BrewHaHeather knows that Dave Bush (1-3, 4.24) will be taking DD's spot in the rotation tonight. Last time out against the Braves, Bush earned the coveted quaility start, pitching 6 innings while allowing 3 ERs on 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. Here's an interesting fact for ya- Bush led the league in HBP last year with 15, while missing a large chunk of the season. This year, Bush has only plunked one opposing batter. Here's another fun fact: he owns a .364 OBP this year, with 1 hit and 3 walks. Here are some less fun facts about tonights starter: his K/9 are down this year to 4.9/9 innings (6.1/9 career) and his walks are way up to 4/9 innings (2/9 innings career). He's also been a little lucky this year, with a .268 BABIP. With all that being said, Bush also no-hit the Phillies for 7.1 innings last year (damn you Matt Stairs!). Five Phillies have faced Bush at least 10 times

AB Slash line
Greg Dobbs 14 .429/.429/.929
Ryan Howard 20 .350/.381/.800
Chase Utley 15 .333/.500/.733
Shane Victorino 13 .231/.375/.308
Jayson Werth 12 .083/.154/.167

Cole Hamels (3-2, 4.53) looked like one of the premier young arms in the MLB a couple of years ago, but has been on the decline slightly since then. Since putting up a 3.09 FIP in 2008 (the year he dominated the Brewers in the playoffs) he has put up FIPs of 4.32 in 2009 and 4.53 thus far this year. He's striking out more hitters than he has in previous seasons at 10/9, but is also walking more men than he ever has. He's giving up plenty of hits, too, and has a 1.534 WHIP this year. Hamels has faced four Brewers at least ten times.

Player PA Slash Line
Prince Fielder 18 .294/.333/.647
Corey Hart 15 .200/.200/.200
Rickie Weeks 15 .167/.333/.333
Ryan Braun 12 .333/.333/.917

Tonight's lineup:

Weeks 2B
Escobar SS
Braun LF
Fielder 1B
McGehee 3B
Hart RF
Zaun C
Gerut CF
Bush RHP

And your bullpen report for the evening:

Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (32 pitches) Wednesday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 inning (17 pitches) yesterday.
Jeff Suppan pitched 0.2 innings (10 pitches) yesterday.
Mitch Stetter pitched .2 inning (19 pitches) Friday and 0.1 innings (3 pitches) yesterday.
Todd Coffey pitched .1 innings (1 pitches) Friday.
Claudio Vargas pitched 1 inning (8 pitches) Friday and 0.1 innings (27 pitches) yesterday.
Manny Parra pitched 2 innings (39 pitches) Friday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (17 pitches) yesterday.

I'll be at the game today, so hopefully they'll be able to pull one out. Go Brewers!