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Game Thread #48: Mets (25-23) at Brewers (19-28)

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3 game series vs Mets @ Miller Park

New York Mets
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Friday, May 28, 2010, 7:10 PM CDT
Miller Park

Johan Santana vs Yovani Gallardo

Clear. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Scroll down to read Rubie's series preview, then follow us after the jump for today's pitching matchup, lineup and more!

Yovani Gallardo (4-2, 3.20) is coming off a tough outing on Saturday, where he allowed four earned runs on six hits and three walks in six innings, and only struck out five. Tonight he'll pitch with an extra day of rest for the third time this season: He's allowed four runs on nine hits in eleven innings (3.27 ERA) with extra rest. Despite posting a 3.20 ERA, the Brewers are just 4-6 when Gallardo takes the mound, probably partially due to the fact that he's left three or more innings for the bullpen in eight of his ten starts.

No Mets have faced Gallardo more than six times: David Wright is 0-for-5 with a walk, Jeff Francoeur is 0-for-6 and Luis Castillo is 2-for-6 with a double.

For the Mets, it's Johan Santana (4-2, 3.41), also making his eleventh start. He's coming off of his longest (and possibly best) outing of the year on Sunday, when he allowed just one run on six hits and three walks to the Yankees in 7.2 innings. He's pitched at least seven innings in each of his last four starts, and has a 2.15 ERA over that stretch.

Santana's velocity is down to 89.5 mph on an average fastball, and has dropped in each of the last five seasons (it was 93.1 in 2006). He throws the fastball about 59% of the time, and relies heavily on a very good changeup, which he throws 27.3% of the time. This year, both of those pitches and his slider have been above average. Four active Brewers have significant experience against him, and all of them have been good:

Ryan Braun 13 .538 .538 .692 1.231
Prince Fielder 13 .385 .385 .615 1.000
Corey Hart 13 .462 .462 .538 1.000
Rickie Weeks 13 .400 .538 1.200 1.738

Via the Brewers on Facebook, here's today's lineup:

Rickie Weeks 2B
Carlos Gomez CF
Prince Fielder 1B
Ryan Braun LF
Casey McGehee 3B
Corey Hart RF
Alcides Escobar SS
George Kottaras C
Yovani Gallardo P

And in the bullpen:

Claudio Vargas pitched 2 innings (40 pitches) Wednesday.
Jeff Suppan pitched 2 innings (25 pitches) Wednesday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (16 pitches) Wednesday.
Marco Estrada pitched 1 inning (28 pitches) yesterday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 inning (22 pitches) yesterday.
Zach Braddock pitched 1 innings (17 pitches) yesterday.Todd Coffey pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) yesterday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (9 pitches) yesterday.

Enjoy the game!