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Gamethread #120: Brewers (55-64) at Cardinals (65-51)

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2 game series vs Cardinals @ Busch Stadium

Milwaukee Brewers
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010, 7:15 PM CDT
Busch Stadium

Dave Bush vs Jaime Garcia

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

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The usual after the jump.

Dave Bush (5-10, 4.78 ERA) will be starting for the Brewers tonight. You might remember Bush's last start, because the history books certainly will. You know, the start were he gave up four straight home runs to the D-Backs. These rough starts for Bush have been a sort of trend for him lately. After lowering his season ERA to 4.05 on July 15th, it has gone up after almost every start since. But on the plus side, he's only hit 4 batters this season. Overall in his career against the Cardinals, Bush is 2-6 with a 6.40 ERA. 9 Cardinals have faced Bush at least 10 times:

PA Slash Line
Felipe Lopez 23 .182/.217/.364
Albert Pujols 22 .300/.364/.400
Yadier Molina 20 .278/.350/.778
Skip Schumaker 20 .389/.450/.338
Randy Winn 17 .176/.176/.235
Matt Holliday 15 .429/.476/.786
Jason LaRue 12 .300/.417/.400
Aaron Miles 11 .000/.091/.000
Brendan Ryan 10 .375/.500/.500

Bush will be facing Jaime Garcia (10-5, 2.71 ERA), who has been pretty damn good this year. His only problem this year has been convincing TLR to let him pitch past the 5th or 6th inning. Garcia hasn't pitched more than 6 innings in his last three starts and has pitched only 5.1 and 5 innings in his last two starts, with his pitch counts hovering in between the mid eighties and mid nineties. Much like Dave Bush, Garcia's ERA is also on an upward trend. On July 2nd his ERA stood at 2.10 and it has risen in almost every start since. In his brief career against the Brewers, Garcia is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA. Three Brewers have faced Garcia at least 10 times:

PA Slash Line
Ryan Braun 10 .200/.200/.200
Prince Fielder 10 300/.300/.300
Rickie Weeks 10 .333/.400/.667

Tonight's lineup
Weeks 2B
Hart RF
Braun LF
Fielder 1B
McGehee 3B
Cain CF
Escobar SS
Lucroy C
Bush RHP

In the bullpen...
Todd Coffey pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) Sunday.
David Riske pitched 1+ innings (23 pitches) Sunday.
Zach Braddock pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) Sunday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched .2 innings (17 pitches) Sunday.
Mike McClendon pitched 3 innings (33 pitches) Saturday.
John Axford pitched 2 innings (33 pitches) Saturday.
Kameron Loe pitched 0+ innings (2 pitches) Friday.
Chris Capuano pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) Friday.

Go Brewers!