4 more games...it seems like the season started only yesterday. The battle for .500 may be over, but the battle for 3rd place in the NL Central is still on.
Brewers lead the series 2-1
|Tue 09/28|| WP: Elmer Dessens (4 - 2) |
LP: John Axford (8 - 2)
|3 - 4 loss|
|Wed 09/29|| WP: Carlos Villanueva (2 - 0) |
SV: John Axford
LP: Manny Acosta (3 - 2)
|8 - 7 win|
|Wed 09/29|| WP: Dave Bush (8 - 13) |
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: R.A. Dickey (11 - 9)
|3 - 1 win|
Thursday, Sep 30, 2010, 6:10 PM CDT
Chris Narveson vs Dillon Gee
Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.
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Pitchers, lineups and more after the jump.
If there actually is a game to be got in tonight in New York, Chris Narveson will be facing off against Dillon Gee. I haven't actually watched any of Gee's major league games, but to his (un?)luck one of his minor league starts with Buffalo this year happened to be against the Syracuse Chiefs--namely Stephen Strasburg's last minor league start. I was rather impressed...by Gee. ;) Not saying that he's got blow-away stuff (in fact, in that game, it turned to the fly-ball worse); he's just one of those crafty righty types. His BB/9 was a lot better in the minors, but he's only had 4 major league starts. (BTW, does anyone know if the Buffalo home field has a tendency for home runs? Gee's HR/9 with Buffalo doesn't match with his performance at any other level.)
Narveson hasn't faced the Mets before, much less pitched in Citi Field, so there's nothing to say there.
Hopefully this won't be another one of those nights where the Brewers' offense consists of Narveson getting stranded on first base. I know it's only observer bias that makes the situation seem like that, but it is true that Narveson has reached base on either a hit, walk, or hit by pitch in 17 of his 27 starts this year. It's also unfortunately true that Narveson has only given up more than 3 runs twice in his last 10 starts. The Brewers lost in 4 of those 8 3-run-or-less starts. His average run support this year is 4.04.
Via Adam McCalvy, here's tonight's unusual lineup:
Rickie Weeks 2B
Ryan Braun LF
Casey McGehee 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Corey Hart RF
Lorenzo Cain CF
Alcides Escobar SS
Jonathan Lucroy C
Chris Narveson P
Bullpen usage tracker:
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) in the 2nd game yesterday.
Zach Braddock pitched 0.2 innings (10 pitches) in the 2nd game yesterday and 0.1 innings (8 pitches) on Tuesday.
Mike McClendon pitched 1.1 innings (26 pitches) in the 2nd game yesterday and 0.1 innings (7 pitches) on Tuesday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) in the 1st game yesterday and 0.2 innings (19 pitches) on Tuesday.
Kameron Loe pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) in the first game yesterday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) in the first game yesterday.
Manny Parra pitched 2.2 innings (36 pitches) in the first game yesterday.
Jeremy Jeffress pitched 1 inning (12 pitches) on Sunday.
Brandon Kintzler pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) on Sunday.
Todd Coffey pitched 1.1 innings (25 pitches) on Saturday.
(If it's any comfort, the Mets appear to have run their entire 'pen out there yesterday...at least the Brewers still have Jeffress and Kintzler. ....)