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Gamethread #135: Brewers (62-72) at Phillies (77-58)

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David Thomas Bush against Harry Leroy "Doc" Halladay III? I'm not liking Milwaukee's chances in this one.


Current Series

Phillies lead the series 1-0

Fri 09/03 WP: Cole Hamels (9 - 10)
SV: Ryan Madson
LP: Chris Capuano (2 - 3)
0 - 1 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Saturday, Sep 4, 2010, 6:05 PM CDT
Citizens Bank Park

Dave Bush vs Roy Halladay

Clear. Winds blowing from left to right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Sun 09/05 12:35 PM CDT

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Dave Bush (7-11, 4.71) is an anagram for "Shave Bud". It is also an anagram of "Have buds", which could endear him to new teammate Jeremy Jeffress. David Thomas Bush is an anagram of "A David Thumbs Hos", which probably isn't good road behavior.

Roy Halladay (16-10, 2.27) is my favorite pitcher in the majors. This season, the man has a 2.79 FIP, a 2.91 xFIP and a 3.15 tRA. Halladay's game is all about his pinpoint precision--he only gives up about one walk while striking out about eight hitters every nine innings. He doesn't allow many homeruns either (.71 HR/9). He hasn't had an ERA over 2.79 since 2007 and his FIP since then has topped at 3.06. Fangraphs has him throwing a fastball, a cutter, a curveball and a changeup, with none of those pitches being below average. Simply put, he's an amazing pitcher.

Lineup:

2B Weeks
RF Hart
LF Braun
1B Fielder
3B McGehee
CF Dickerson
SS Escobar
C Lucroy
RHP Bush

Bullpen Report:

Todd Coffey faced three batters (8 pitches) Wednesday, and also pitched on Tuesday.
Zach Braddock pitched .2 innings (15 pitches) Wednesday.
Jeremy Jeffress pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) Wednesday.
Mike McClendon faced two batters (6 pitches) Wednesday.
Manny Parra pitched 2 innings (32 pitches) Tuesday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched .2 innings (17 pitches) Monday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 inning for Nashville on Monday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) yesterday.
Kameron Loe pitched 2 innings (13 pitches) yesterday.