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Game Thread #158: Brewers (74-83) at Mets (77-80)

Complete the sweep?

Current Series

Mets lead the series 1-0

Mon 09/27 Postponed
Tue 09/28 WP: Elmer Dessens (4 - 2)
LP: John Axford (8 - 2)
3 - 4 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ New York Mets

Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010, 6:40 PM CDT
Citi Field

Dave Bush vs R.A. Dickey

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Wed 09/29 6:40 PM CDT
Thu 09/30 6:10 PM CDT

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

R.A. Dickey (2.92 ERA, 3.71 FIP) is:

  • Actually starting game two, despite the fact that I had him listed as the game one starter
  • 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.

Dave Bush (4.70 ERA, 5.17 FIP) is:

  • Making his 144th and likely final start in a Brewer uniform.
  • Sporting the worst WHIP (1.527) and walk rate (3.3 per nine innings) of his major league career.
  • Unlikely to pitch past the sixth inning. He's recorded an out in the seventh inning in just one of his last 17 starts. He also hasn't recorded a complete game since 2006.
  • Coming off an outing where he allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits over 5.1 innings to the Reds.
  • The owner of five below-average pitches, according to FanGraphs, and worth just 0.1 wins above replacement this season.

I haven't seen a lineup yet: Add it in the comments if you have.

In the bullpen:

John Axford pitched 1 inning ( pitches) in game one and .2 innings (11 pitches) last night.
Manny Parra pitched 2.2 innings (36 pitches) in game one.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) in game one.
Kameron Loe pitched 1 inning (7 pitches) in game one.
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.

Enjoy the game!