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Game Thread #79: Brewers (35-43) at Cardinals (43-35)

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The Brewers start a hot series in St. Louis with the Cardinals tonight. Yes, literally a hot series, because it's really hot there.


Current Series

4 game series vs Cardinals @ Busch Stadium

Milwaukee Brewers
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Thursday, Jul 1, 2010, 7:15 PM CDT
Busch Stadium

Randy Wolf vs Blake Hawksworth

Clear. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Fri 07/02 7:15 PM CDT
Sat 07/03 5:35 PM CDT
Sun 07/04 1:15 PM CDT

Matchups, lineups and more after the jump.

Projected starters for today: Randy Wolf and Blake Hawksworth. Yup, the Cards are at it again with the converting the relievers to starters...well, in Hawksworth's case, not so much; he was a starter in the minors but was exclusively used in relief in his major league time in 2009 and for the majority of 2010. His primary pitch is a fastball, and his main secondary pitch is a changeup. Oddly enough, the team he's faced the most in his short career is the Brewers with 6 appearances, all in relief. He's not yet allowed a run to them. That's pretty much all I know about Hawksworth, other than that his name would be great for an historical romance hero.

As for Wolf, is there really anything I need to say about him in this thread that would help? The Brewers are at yet another junction where a spot in the rotation is on the line with Doug Davis's impending return and there are a lot of pitchers who would be candidates for losing it. I doubt, despite performance, that it will be Wolf. A lot could be riding on this series for all the marginal starters.

Lineups:

Milwaukee Brewers St. Louis Cardinals
Rickie Weeks 2B Brendan Ryan SS
Corey Hart RF Felipe Lopez 3B
Prince Fielder 1B Albert Pujols 1B
Ryan Braun LF Matt Holliday LF
Casey McGehee 3B Nick Stavinoha RF
Jim Edmonds CF Colby Rasmus CF
Alcides Escobar SS Yadier Molina C
George Kottaras C Blake Hawksworth P
Randy Wolf P Skip Schumaker 2B

Bullpen usage:

Todd Coffey pitched 1 inning (8 pitches) yesterday.
Chris Capuano pitched 1.1 inning (27 pitches) yesterday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 0.2 inning (18 pitches) yesterday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (26 pitches) on Tuesday.
Kameron Loe pitched 1.1 inning (20 pitches) on Tuesday.
Zach Braddock pitched 0.2 inning (12 pitches) on Tuesday.
David Riske pitched 1 inning (27 pitches) on Monday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (7 pitches) Saturday.