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Game Thread #45: Astros (15-29) at Brewers (17-27)

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Many of us BCBers will be at this game celebrating Kyle's birthday.

Felipe Paulino has yet to post a win and he's facing Randy Wolf. I sure hope this series goes better than the last few.

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3 game series vs Astros @ Miller Park

Houston Astros
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 7:10 PM CDT
Miller Park

Felipe Paulino vs Randy Wolf

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Pitching match-ups, lineups, and, if you're good, punch and pie, after the jump.

For the Crew, lefty Randy Wolf (3-4, 5.10) toes the rubber. Wolf hasn't been good in his last two starts, giving up six earned runs against the Phillies on May 14, and then surrendering six runs and five walks to the Pirates in 6.1 innings of work last Wednesday. Five Astros have faced Wolf more than 10 times in their (respective) careers:

Lance Berkman (30 PA) .125 .300 .208
Pedro Feliz (19 PA) .294 .316 .824
Carlos Lee (18 PA) .267 .389 .467
Jeff Keppinger (13 PA) .231 .231 .308
Geoff Blum (11 PA) .500 .545 .700

For the 'Stros, the winless Felipe Paulino (0-6, 5.36) takes the ball. Paulino's had an up-and-down season, mixing in a couple quality starts (and one excellent one) around a fistful of clunkers. In his most recent start against the Rockies, Paulino went six innings, giving up two earned runs while striking out four and walking five. The base on balls is Paulino's bugaboo: he's walked at least three batters in all but one of his starts in 2010. As a result, he's only pitched seven innings one time this year.

No Brewer has faced Paulino ten times in his career, but there are three who've faced him nine times -- and check out these numbers:

Ryan Braun (9 PA) .500 .556 .750
Prince Fielder (9 PA) .429 .556 .857
Corey Hart (9 PA) .500 .556 1.375

Via Tom H., here are tonight's lineups:

2B Rickie Weeks
CF Carlos Gomez
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
RF Corey Hart
SS Alcides Escobar
C Jonathan Lucroy
LHP Randy Wolf

CF Michael Bourn
2B Jeff Keppinger
1B Lance Berkman
LF Carlos Lee
RF Hunter Pence
3B Pedro Feliz
C Humberto Quintero
SS Tommy Manzella
RHP Felipe Paulino

Out in the 'pen:

John Axford pitched 1 inning on Sunday
Zach Braddock pitched 2 innings on Sunday
Todd Coffey pitched .2 innings on Saturday
Marco Estrada pitched 3 innings on Sunday
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning on Sunday
Jeff Suppan pitched 3.2 innings on Friday
Claudio Vargas pitched 2 innings on Friday
Carlos Villanueva pitched 2 innings on Saturday

Enjoy the game!