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Game Thread #153: Marlins (76-76) at Brewers (71-81)

The day we've been waiting for since 2004.

Current Series

Brewers lead the series 1-0

Thu 09/23 WP: Yovani Gallardo (14 - 7)
LP: Anibal Sanchez (12 - 11)
8 - 3 win

Florida Marlins
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Friday, Sep 24, 2010, 7:10 PM CDT
Miller Park

Andrew Miller vs Mark Rogers

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 20-30 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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

Mark Rogers (0.00 ERA, 2.09 FIP) is:

  • Making his first major league start and third appearance tonight.
  • The fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft, selected between fellow pitchers Jeff Niemann and Jeremy Sowers.
  • Still only 24 years old.
  • Already at 118 innings this season, easily a career high (he threw 98.2 innings for West Virginia in 2005)
  • Expected to throw about 60 pitches tonight.
  • A pretty good strikeout pitcher (8.8 K/9 in the minors this season), but allows a fair number of walks too (5.6/9).
  • Hitting 94.6 mph on his average fastball since being called up, according to FanGraphs.

Andrew Miller (8.17 ERA, 6.29 FIP) is:

  • One of the players acquired by the Marlins in the deal that sent Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers before the 2008 season.
  • Making just his eighth major league appearance in 2010 (and sixth start) after spending most of the season struggling in AA, where he posted a 6.01 ERA over 18 starts.
  • Allowing 2.32 baserunners per inning and 1.8 home runs per nine innings in 25.1 major league innings.
  • Coming off three consecutive disaster starts where he allowed 17 earned runs on 33 baserunners in 10.1 innings to the Phillies and Cubs.
  • The owner of a 90.6 mph average fastball, plus a slider and change.

Via the Brewers on Facebook, here's tonight's lineup:

Rickie Weeks 2B
Corey Hart RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Lorenzo Cain CF
Jonathan Lucroy C
Luis Cruz SS
Mark Rogers P

And in the bullpen:

Manny Parra pitched 1 inning (18 pitches) last night.
Todd Coffey pitched 1 inning (10 pitches) last night.
Kameron Loe pitched .1 innings (7 pitches) last night.
Brandon Kintzler pitched 1 inning (10 pitches) Wednesday.
Jeremy Jeffress pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) Wednesday.
Zach Braddock pitched 1 inning (15 pitches) Wednesday.
Mike McClendon pitched 2 innings (22 pitches) Tuesday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (21 pitches) Saturday.
Both Carlos Villanueva and Trevor Hoffman have not been seen recently.

Enjoy the game!