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Game Thread #12: Brewers (6-5) at Pirates (5-6)

Pirates! Brewers! Shortened series! Erick Almonte in right field!? Steve Pearce at third base!? See it all...TONIGHT!

Current Series

Brewers lead the series 1-0

Tue 04/12 Postponed
Wed 04/13 WP: Shaun Marcum (2 - 1)
LP: Kevin Correia (2 - 1)
6 - 0 win

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011, 6:05 PM CDT
PNC Park

Randy Wolf vs Paul Maholm

Mostly sunny. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Lineups and more false enthusiasm after the jump.

Due to the rainout, the Brewers (thankfully?) miss Jeff Karstens. I, personally, miss Ross Ohlendorf, but he's injured. They're facing Paul Maholm tonight, a situation the Brewers have been in 17 times before. If you think you've seen Maholm pitch a lot of times...well, you have. He's neither been extraordinarily good nor bad against them despite giving up 12 HR in those 17 starts. You can't really tell any sort of trend for 2011 from his previous 2 starts, either. He's left-handed and doesn't strike out a lot of batters.

Randy Wolf is also left-handed. It's also far too early to tell if the Brewers are dealing with First-Half of 2010 Randy or Second-Half of 2010 Randy. A cursory glance shows that his problems in 2010 as a whole may have had a lot to do with his walking more batters and striking out a lot less. He also has 17 career starts against the Pirates. 5 of those were in 2010. (Wow, do the Brewers play the Pirates a lot....) Sure, they pounded him like a drum but so did everyone else in 2010.


Milwaukee Brewers Pittsburgh Pirates
Rickie Weeks 2B Jose Tabata LF
Carlos Gomez CF Neil Walker 2B
Ryan Braun LF Andrew McCutchen CF
Prince Fielder 1B Matt Diaz RF
Casey McGehee 3B Steve Pearce 3B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS Lyle Overbay 1B
Erick Almonte RF Chris Snyder C
Jonathan Lucroy C Ronny Cedeno SS
Randy Wolf P Paul Maholm P

No, Doumit didn't get "knocked out" of the lineup; Chris Snyder is finally free of the DL. I have no idea what Steve Pearce is doing at third, and considering this is his first MLB start at that position he probably doesn't have any idea either. As for Brewers lineup weirdness, I've given up looking for explanations for whomever starts in RF on any given day. Come back, Corey!