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Game Thread #59: Brewers (24-34) vs. Cubs (26-32)

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The Crew has already improved on the last series vs. the Cubs. Let's see if the good times keep rollin' tonight.


Current Series

Brewers lead the series 1-0

Tue 06/08 WP: John Axford (2 - 1)
LP: Carlos Marmol (1 - 1)
3 - 2 win

Chicago Cubs
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010, 7:10 PM CDT
Miller Park

Carlos Zambrano vs Randy Wolf

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Pitching matchups, line-ups, and Kraft dinner, after the jump.

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last Friday, when the Brewers absorbed an 8-0 gut punch. Wolf hasn't faced the Cubs yet in 2010, but he was stellar against the Baby Bears in 2009, putting together a 1.29 ERA over 14.0 innings in two starts.
Five Cub position players have faced Wolf more than 10 times in their (respective) careers:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Derrek Lee 47 .262 .340 .405 .745
Aramis Ramirez 26 .200 .231 .360 .591
Alfonso Soriano
25 .227 .280 .500 .780
Ryan Theriot 18 .235 .278 .235 .513
Geovany Soto 14 .308 .357 .385 .742

For the Cubs, it's erstwhile set-up man Carlos Zambrano (1-4, 6.14 ERA). Slightly Trimmed Down Z returned to Chicago's rotation last Friday against the Pirates, lasting 4.1 innings while walking three, striking out three, and giving up three earned runs. Zambrano only threw 84 pitches against the Bucs, and his arm might not yet be stretched out. Zambrano has made one start against the Crew in 2010, going five innings and surrendering four runs (three earned) and eight hits while striking out seven in a game the Brewers won, 8-6.

Seven Brewers have faced Zambrano more than ten times:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jim Edmonds
54 .233 .389 .419 .807
Prince Fielder 49 .361 .531 .667 1.197
Rickie Weeks
38 .229 .289 .371 .661
The Deity 37 .233 .351 .300 .651
Ryan Braun 31 .276 .323 .414 .736
Corey Hart 28 .333 .429 .458 .887
Casey McClutch 10 .333 .400 .667 1.067


Tonight's line-up, courtesy of the Prince of Darkness:

SS Craig Counsell
2B Rickie Weeks
1B Prince Fielder
LF Ryan Braun
3B Casey McGehee
CF Jim Edmonds
RF Corey Hart
C George Kottaras
LHP Randy Wolf

Out in the 'pen:

Kameron Loe pitched 1.2 innings (25 pitches) Sunday.John Axford pitched 1 inning (23 pitches) yesterday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 inning (18 pitches) yesterday.

Zach Braddock pitched 1 inning (19 pitches) Sunday.
Trevor Hoffman has not pitched since Thursday.
David Riske and his bionic elbow pitched for Nashville on Monday.
Chris Smith and his regular elbow pitched for Nashville on Saturday.

Enjoy the game!