Grab something to drink and order a pizza: We're going to be here a while.
Follow the jump for the pitching matchup, lineup and more for game one!
R.A. Dickey (2.92 ERA, 3.71 FIP) is:
- Having the best year of his career, setting new highs in starts (26 today), innings (166.1) and WAR (2.7 according to FanGraphs) and a career low in ERA (2.92).
- Playing in his fifth organization in as many seasons (Texas in 2006, Milwaukee in 2007, Seattle in 2008, Minnesota in 2009 and the Mets this season).
- Using a relatively fast knuckleball (75.9 mph on average) 84% of the time, and a fastball the rest of the time. Both pitches have been above average this season.
- Coming off a quality start against the Phillies on Friday, and three quality starts in his last four appearances.
- 1-0 against the Brewers this season, having allowed four runs over seven innings on May 30.
- Actually starting game two. So forget I mentioned this stuff.
Yovani Gallardo (3.57 ERA, 2.93 FIP) is:
- Having a career year, providing 4.9 WAR and setting career highs in wins (14) and starts (31 today).
- Four innings away from tying last season's career high (185.2).
- Eight strikeouts away from tying last season's career high (204).
- Leading the NL with 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
- Having a very good September, posting a 1.95 ERA over four starts with 25 strikeouts in 27.2 innings.
Via Adam McCalvy, we know that Ryan Braun is back in the lineup today:
Rickie Weeks 2B
Corey Hart RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Lorenzo Cain CF
Jonathan Lucroy C
Luis Cruz SS
Yovani Gallardo P
And in the bullpen:
John Axford pitched .2 innings (11 pitches) last night.
Zach Braddock pitched .1 innings (8 pitches) last night.
Mike McClendon pitched .1 innings (4 pitches) last night.
Brandon Kintzler pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) Sunday.
Jeremy Jeffress pitched 1 inning (12 pitches) Sunday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (9 pitches) Sunday.
Todd Coffey pitched 1.1 innings (25 pitches) Saturday.
Kameron Loe hasn't pitched since Friday!
Manny Parra pitched 1 inning (18 pitches) Thursday.
Carlos Villanueva should've just stayed in Nashville.
Enjoy the game!