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Game Thread #52: Brewers (21-30) at Marlins (26-26)

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Milwaukee Brewers
@ Florida Marlins

Tuesday, Jun 1, 2010, 6:10 PM CDT
Sun Life Stadium

Dave Bush vs Ricky Nolasco

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Ricky Nolasco (4-4, 4.65) is coming off his shortest outing of the season, a 4 inning, 64 pitch performance on Thursday against the Braves, where he allowed three runs on eight hits. He doesn't walk many (three opposing batters in 28.1 innings in May), but he will give up long balls in bunches: He's allowed multiple home runs in three of his ten starts.

Nolasco's velocity is down this season (90.1 mph on his average fastball, down from 91.5 last season, and he's throwing a splitter more (11.4% of the time now - it's a pitch he didn't even have three seasons ago). His curve and slider are both above average, but his fastball and splitter are below. No Brewers have faced Nolasco ten times, but Prince Fielder is 0-for-3 with four walks, and Rickie Weeks is 4-for-5 with a walk, a triple and a home run.

Meanwhile, Dave Bush (1-5, 5.05) could really use a good start to turn things around after a bad May. He didn't allow an earned run his last time out, but allowed two runs on four hits and three walks and was only able to last five innings. He posted a 5.64 ERA in five starts in May. He's made five quality starts in ten tries, but the Brewers are just 2-8 with him on the mound.

As for stuff, you've probably heard it before: Bush's velocity is way down (85.7 mph on his average fastball, down from 87.9 last season), he's throwing his slider and curve more and his cutter less, and all five pitchers are below average. Five Marlins have faced him ten times:

Jorge Cantu 19 .263 .263 .526 .789
Dan Uggla 15 .385 .467 .769 1.236
Mike Lamb 13 .077 .077 .077 .154
Hanley Ramirez 12 .333 .500 .444 .944
Ronny Paulino 11 .091 .091 .364 .455

Via Tyler Barnes on Twitter, here's today's lineup:

Rickie Weeks 2B
George Kottaras C
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Corey Hart RF
Jim Edmonds CF
Alcides Escobar SS
Dave Bush P

And in the bullpen:

Jeff Suppan pitched 1 innings (11 pitches) yesterday, and also pitched on Sunday.Carlos Villanueva pitched .1 innings (18 pitches) yesterday
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (15 pitches) Sunday
Zach Braddock pitched 1 inning (37 pitches) Sunday
Todd Coffey pitched 2.1 innings (29 pitches) Saturday
John Axford pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) Saturday
Kameron Loe joined the team today, and last pitched for Nashville on Thursday.

Enjoy the game!