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Game Thread #66: Brewers (28-37) at Angels (36-32)


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Milwaukee Brewers
@ Los Angeles Angels

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010, 6:05 PM CDT
Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Chris Narveson vs Joel Pineiro

Clear. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Follow the jump for tonight's pitching matchup, lineup and more!

Joel Pineiro (4.77 ERA, 4.03 FIP) is in the first year of a two year, $16 million deal that looks like it might be one of the better free agent pitching contracts signed this offseason. Tonight he'll make his 14th start as an Angel, and he's coming off a very good one: He pitched a complete game against the Dodgers on Friday, allowing a run on five hits and a walk and striking out seven. He's had a couple of disaster starts that inflate his numbers a bit, but he also leads the AL with three complete games.

Pineiro's fastball averages 88.2 mph and he throws it nearly 70% of the time. He'll also work in a curve, slider and change. All four pitches have been reasonably close to average this season, with the slider and change (-1.37 and -1.28 runs per 100 pitches) slightly below. Three Brewers have faced him at least ten times:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Ryan Braun 18 .176 .222 .235 .458
Prince Fielder 18 .235 .278 .471 .748
Craig Counsell 10 .100 .100 .200 .300

He'll face Chris Narveson (5.46 ERA, 4.34 FIP), coming off his best start of the season. Narveson pitched seven innings against the Rangers on Friday, allowing two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out four, and throwing just 91 pitches.

Narveson's FIP and BABIP against (.341) would suggest he's been a little unlucky, but he's also allowing a ton of baserunners (1.590 WHIP). He's throwing his slider (14.7%) and changeup (18.6%) much more this season, but his money pitch has been his curve, which is worth 1.73 runs above average per 100. For the second straight start, he's facing a team full of hitters that have never seen him before.

Adam McCalvy reports that Prince Fielder will be the DH tonight, the first time in 250 games that he hasn't started at first base:

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

And in the bullpen:

John Axford pitched 1 inning (20 pitches) yesterday.
Kameron Loe pitched .2 innings (9 pitches) yesterday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 inning (19 pitches) Monday.
Chris Smith pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) Monday.
Zach Braddock pitched .2 innings (10 pitches) Sunday.
David Riske pitched 1 inning (15 pitches) Saturday.
Chris Capuano pitched 1 inning (15 pitches) Saturday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) Saturday.

Enjoy the game!