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Game Thread #113: Diamondbacks (43-69) at Brewers (53-59)

Tonight is game ten of a 13 game stretch against three of the NL's worst four teams. The Brewers are just 5-4 so far. Can they improve on that record tonight?

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4 game series vs Diamondbacks @ Miller Park

Arizona Diamondbacks
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Monday, Aug 9, 2010, 7:10 PM CDT
Miller Park

Ian Kennedy vs Chris Narveson

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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

Chris Narveson (5.68 ERA, 4.56 FIP) makes his 19th start tonight, and his first since beating the Cubs on Tuesday. In that game he allowed a run on six hits over 5.2 innings, striking out six and walking just one. It'd be nice if he could put July behind him: After posting a 4.15 ERA in June, he ballooned up to 8.17 in July.

Of course, we've all heard about Narveson's first inning struggles, allowing 22 earned runs in the first inning of his 18 starts (an 11.00 ERA). He has been doing a little better with that lately, though: He allowed a first inning run on Tuesday for the first time in four starts. He's facing the Diamondbacks for the second time this season: On May 9, he picked up the win by holding them to a run on three hits over 5.2 innings.

Ian Kennedy (4.40 ERA, 4.94 FIP) has been serviceable if not great while spending his first full major league season with the Diamondbacks. He'll make his 23rd start tonight, and on the season he's been pretty good at limiting hits (8.0 per nine innings) and walks (3.5/9), and he gets enough strikeouts (7.6/9), but he's allowing a lot of home runs (1.6/9). He's coming off a rough start on Wednesday, where he was pulled after allowing four runs on eight hits (including two home runs) to the Nationals in four innings.

A look deeper into the stats might suggest Kennedy has been getting a little lucky this season. Major league hitters are hitting just .266 on balls put in play against him, and it's not because he's keeping the ball on the ground: His GB% is just 35.7. He's facing the Brewers for the second time this season: He matched up against Narveson on May 9 and allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. No Brewer has faced him more than four times, but Rickie Weeks has doubled, Corey Hart has tripled and Prince Fielder has homered off of him.

Tonight's lineup is interesting, to say the least:

Escobar 9
Counsell 6
Weeks 4
Fielder 3
McGehee 5
Cain 8
Inglett 7
Lucroy 2
Narveson 1

And in the bullpen:

David Riske pitched 1 inning (18 pitches) yesterday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (15 pitches) yesterday.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) yesterday.
Kameron Loe pitched .2 innings (11 pitches) Saturday.
Zach Braddock pitched .1 innings (5 pitches) Saturday.
Todd Coffey pitched .1 innings (3 pitches) Saturday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (8 pitches) Saturday.
Chris Capuano hasn't pitched since Wednesday.

Enjoy the game!