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Game Thread #41: Brewers (15-25) at Pirates (18-22)

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The Brewers get to escape from Pittsburgh tonight.


Current Series

Pirates lead the series 1-0

Wed 05/19 WP: Javier Lopez (1 - 0)
SV: Octavio Dotel
LP: Randy Wolf (3 - 4)
4 - 6 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 6:05 PM CDT
PNC Park

Chris Narveson vs Paul Maholm

Mostly clear. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Pitchers, lineups, and complaints after the jump.

This is Chris Narveson's first start after his 130-pitch outing last week. Unfortunately, this happened the week that no off-days were assigned and there has been enough upheaval in the rotation due to Doug Davis's illness. In his last start against Pittsburgh on 4/28, he threw 102 pitches in 5 innings. He struck out 6 but gave up 2 home runs. Narveson's pitch count is usually high because he's been striking out more batters. If he keeps the home runs down, it may be a good game, but there's still the problem of Narveson not being able to pitch beyond the 6th inning.

(Parenthetical aside: Narveson's powers of K shouldn't have been much of a surprise. He struck out 8 batters vs. Oklahoma and 11 vs. Fresno last year, both starts lasting less than 6 innings. He's been accomplishing similar feats in AAA since his time in the Cardinals organization, which may be why he got called up in '06 in the first place.)

Paul Maholm is the same pitcher we've seen every year for the past 5. He's on a pace to walk slightly more batters than he normally does, but it's early. He also went up against the Brewers (and Narveson) on 4/28, and gave up 7 hits in 7 innings in a no-decision. In that game, he also gave up 2 home runs and walked 5. That's the most batters he's walked all year. Patience may win the day for Milwaukee.

While you're worrying about the Brewers hitting Maholm or at least walking against him, here's an article about how ridiculous Evan Meek has been this season. Wow, the Pirates even have a good bullpen this year. (Late breaking news: Jack Taschner placed on the DL.)

Lineups!

Milwaukee Brewers Pittsburgh Pirates
Rickie Weeks 2B Lastings Milledge LF
Alcides Escobar SS Bobby Crosby 2B
Prince Fielder 1B Andrew McCutchen CF
Ryan Braun LF Garrett Jones RF
Casey McGehee 3B Steve Pearce 1B
Corey Hart RF Andy LaRoche 3B
Gregg Zaun C Ronny Cedeno SS
Adam Stern CF Jason Jaramillo C
Chris Narveson P Paul Maholm P

'Pen usage (and we'll be seeing them)

Todd Coffey pitched 0.2 inning (12 pitches) yesterday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) yesterday.
Marco Estrada pitched 4 innings (55 pitches) Tuesday.
Jeff Suppan pitched 1 inning (7 pitches) Monday.
Mitch Stetter pitched one inning (14 pitches) Sunday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched .1 innings (11 pitches) Sunday.
Claudio Vargas pitched 0.1 inning (27 pitches) Saturday.
Trevor Hoffman threw 14 pitches on Tuesday, but he's benched.