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Game Thread #68: Brewers (28-39) at Rockies (35-32)

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Maybe they'll actually score some runs in this one.


Current Series

Rockies lead the series 1-0

Fri 06/18 WP: Jason Hammel (5 - 3)
SV: Manuel Corpas
LP: Manny Parra (1 - 5)
0 - 2 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Colorado Rockies

Saturday, Jun 19, 2010, 7:10 PM CDT
Coors Field

Yovani Gallardo vs Jeff Francis

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Sun 06/20 2:10 PM CDT

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

Jeff Francis (3.29 ERA, 3.44 FIP) is only making his seventh start, but he's on pace to have the best season of his career after missing all of 2009. Francis doesn't strike many batters out (just 4.5 per nine innings), but isn't allowing many hits (8.7/9) or home runs (0.5/9). He's allowed just four earned runs over 14 innings in his last two starts against the Astros and Blue Jays.

Francis throws in the upper 80's and relies heavily on a 80 mph change, which he throws 29.4% of the time. On the season his fastball has been league average, while his curve (+2.19 runs per 100) and change (2.32) are both above. Two Brewers have faced him ten times:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jim Edmonds 12 .083 .083 .083 .167
Corey Hart 12 .333 .333 .583 .917

He'll face Yovani Gallardo (2.66 ERA, 3.23 FIP), coming off his first loss since April 10. He allowed four earned runs on six hits in six innings to the Rangers on Sunday while striking out ten. It was his fourth ten strikeout game of the season, but he's averaged just 5.75 innings in those four starts.

Gallardo is throwing his 92.1 mph fastball about 60% of the time but getting more mileage than ever out of his slider, which he's throwing 15.2% of the time (up from 10.1% for his career). His fastball, slider and curve have all been above average this season, with the slider being the best at +2.09 runs per 100. His changeup has been well below average, at -4 runs/100. Two Rockies have faced him ten times:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Brad Hawpe 10 .222 .300 .667 .967
Todd Helton 10 .375 .500 .500 1.000

Via Adam McCalvy, we know that the Brewers are going with last night's lineup again:

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

And in the bullpen:

David Riske pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) yesterday, and also pitched on Wednesday.
Zach Braddock pitched 1 inning (7 pitches) yesterday, and also pitched on Wednesday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1.2 innings (17 pitches) Wednesday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) Wednesday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (20 pitches) Tuesday.
Kameron Loe pitched .2 innings (9 pitches) Tuesday.

Chris Smith pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) Monday.
Chris Capuano pitched 1 inning (15 pitches) Saturday.

Enjoy the game!