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Game Thread #70: Twins (40-29) at Brewers (29-40)

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So tonight the Brewers play the team from the opposite side of the Mississippi. That team has the opposite of the Brewers record and comes from the other league. Does that make them the Bizarro Brewers?


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3 game series vs Twins @ Miller Park

Minnesota Twins
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010, 7:10 PM CDT
Miller Park

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Check out Morineko's series preview, then follow us after the jump for tonight's pitching matchup, lineup and more!

Chris Narveson (5.79 ERA, 4.69 FIP) is making his eleventh start tonight, and his first since a disaster start on Wednesday. He allowed five earned runs on seven hits and two walks to the Angels in just 4.1 innings, and gave up a pair of home runs. He's now allowed a home run in each of his last four starts, and has a 6.67 ERA since May 26.

Narveson is using his 88.4 mph average fastball just 47.5% of the time this season, down from 63.1% last year. His best pitch has been his curveball, which he throws about 19% of the time to the tune of +1.85 runs per 100 pitches. All three of his other pitches are below average - the worst is the changeup, at -1.98 R/100. No Twins batter has faced Narveson more than twice.

Scott Baker (4.41 ERA, 3.86 FIP) is making his 15th start tonight, and is coming off his best outing of the season on Wednesday against the Rockies. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out a career-high 12. He also threw a season-high 108 pitches, but has had an extra day of rest since then.

Baker has a 91.2 mph average fastball and throws it 63.9% of the time. His curve has been his best pitch, worth +1.26 runs per 100. His fastball, slider and change are all below average. He's around the strike zone a fair amount (55%), but hitters help him out by swinging and missing at 33.9% of his outside pitches. Three Brewers have faced him ten times:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Prince Fielder 19 .412 .474 .882 1.356
Craig Counsell 15 .143 .200 .214 .414
Ryan Braun 13 .154 .154 .154 .308

Via the Brewers' Facebook page, here's tonight's lineup:

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

And in the bullpen:

Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (12 pitches) Sunday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (10 pitches) Sunday.
Zach Braddock pitched 0.2 innings (23 pitches) Saturday.
Kameron Loe pitched 1 inning (18 pitches) Saturday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 0.1 innings (15 pitches) Saturday.
David Riske pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) Friday.
Todd Coffey hasn't pitched since being activated off the DL.
Chris Capuano hasn't pitched since Saturday, June 12.

Enjoy the game!