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Game Thread #117: Brewers (54-68) at Rockies (59-55)

The Brewers are 1-0 in games where Mike McClendon is on the roster but doesn't pitch. Can they keep the streak alive?

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3 game series vs Rockies @ Coors Field

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Colorado Rockies

Friday, Aug 13, 2010, 8:10 PM CDT
Coors Field

Yovani Gallardo vs Jorge De La Rosa

Clear. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

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

Jorge de la Rosa (5.01 ERA, 4.44 FIP) is making just his 11th start for the Rockies, after missing the entire months of May and June with a finger injury. He struggled immediately after coming off the DL, but has been pretty good since: He's posted a 3.06 ERA in his last four starts, striking out 26 over 25 innings. The Rockies, however, are just 1-3 in those games.

JDLR is a hard-throwing lefty, averaging 93.6 mph with his fastball and relying heavily (29% of pitches) on a changeup. According to FanGraphs, the change has been his only above average pitch this season, but it's very good at +1.91 runs per 100. He's facing the Brewers for the first time this season, and no Brewers have faced him ten times or more. Ryan Braun has faced him nine times, though, and had some incredible results: He's hitting .857/.889/1.571 with two doubles and a homer in nine PAs.

And, of course, de la Rosa is a former Brewer, posting a 6.23 ERA over 95.1 Brewer innings between 2004 and 2006.

Meanwhile, Yovani Gallardo (2.86 ERA, 2.69 FIP) returns to the scene of his worst major league outing. On August 8, 2007 Gallardo lasted just 2.2 innings against the Rockies, allowing eleven runs on 12 hits and three walks in a game the Brewers lost 19-4. Gallardo has struck out 19 batters in 12 August innings, allowing five runs on ten hits over that time.

Gallardo is the 2010 NL leader in strikeouts per nine innings (10.1), and is also in the top ten in home runs per nine (fourth), strikeouts (sixth), ERA (eighth) and wins (ninth). Not bad for a guy who's only 24. Gallardo is averaging 92.3 mph on his fastball, and according to FanGraphs it's the best heater he's thrown over his career, worth +0.83 runs per 100.

Gallardo is facing the Rockies for the third time this season: On Opening Day he allowed three earned runs over seven innings in a loss, and on June 19 he allowed a run over six innings in a no decision. Three Rockies have faced him ten times or more:

Brad Hawpe 13 .167 .231 .500 .731
Todd Helton 13 .364 .462 .455 .916
Troy Tulowitzki 10 .444 .500 .667 1.167

Via Tyler Barnes, here's tonight's lineup:

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

And in the bullpen:

Kameron Loe pitched 1 inning (10 pitches) yesterday and also pitched on Wednesday.John Axford pitched 1.2 innings (35 pitches) yesterday.
Zach Braddock pitched 0.1 innings (21 pitches) yesterday.

Todd Coffey pitched 0.2 innings (22 pitches) Wednesday.
David Riske pitched 1 inning (15 pitches) Wednesday.
Trevor Hoffman
pitched 1 inning (12 pitches) Wednesday.

Chris Capuano pitched 2 innings (25 pitches) on Tuesday.
Mike McClendon pitched 4 innings (32 pitches) for Nashville on Sunday.

Enjoy the game!