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Brewers at Phillies, Game Two Pitching Matchups and Lineups

Weather permitting, Randy Wolf will return to the moun in Philadelphia to take on Roy Halladay and the Phillies at 6:05 CT.  However, has the probability of rain at a high percentage for much of the night.  The game hasn't been called off yet, but it wouldn't be shocking to see delays and/or a postponement.

A postponement might not be the worst thing in the world for the Brewers as they could hopefully miss a scheduled turn against either Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee (who will be pitching tomorrow).  Halladay is scheduled to start tonight, of course, and he has been nothing short of amazing in 2011, just as he has been much of his career.  Doc has already been worth one win this year and currently sports a 1.23 ERA and 1.60 FIP.  He has had over 200 strikeouts each of the last three years, but has a fairly average 6.74 career K/9.  This year, he has brought his K/9 rate up to 9.00 while maintaining his world class control.  Halladay has had under two walks per nine innings each of the past six seasons, with last year being a career low 1.08. 

Halladay throws five pitches.  He has three fastballs: A cutter, a two seamer and a four seamer, all of which he throws somewhere in the low 90's--from 90-92 MPH.  He'll also work in a slow curve around 77-79 MPH and a changeup, which he throws in the low to mid 80s. 

Roy Halladay has faced two current Brewers ten or more times in his career.  Yuniesky Betancourt, in 12 PA, has hit .333/.333/.417 against him and Nyjer Morgan has hit .143/.143/.214 in 14 PA.

Meanwhile, Randy Wolf--who pitched for the Phillies from 1999-2006--returns to Philadelphia for his second time as a Brewer.  Last year, he pitched 6.2 innings at Citizens Bank Park giving up just two runs in a game the Brewers won 6-2.  Of course, anytime he pitches in Philadelphia you know that Randy Wolf will have a special group of fans.

This year, Wolf has a 4.32 ERA and 4.68 FIP.  However, as his xFIP of 2.98 might be able to tell you, he has struggled some with the home run ball--currently with a 2.16 HR/9.  That should normalize and his stats should then see a turn for the better.  Still, it's a bit troubling to have those troubles prior to pitching in the Citizens Bank Park, a stadium known for being susceptible to homers.

Wolf's last start was one of his best with Milwaukee, going 6.2 shutout innings with ten strikouts and allowing just three hits and two walks.  He has faced seven different current Phillies as least 10 times and, judging by the numbers, he may want to watch out for Carlos Ruiz.

Shane Victorino 19 .333 .368 .778
Ryan Howard 18 .176 .222 .588
Raul Ibanez 17 .313 .353 .688
Jimmy Rollins 13 .385 .385 .615
Carlos Ruiz 13 .556 .692 1.222
Placido Polanco 12 .500 .583 .500
Brian Schneider 11 .222 .364 .333


Courtesy of the Brewers facebook page, here is the Lineup:

Weeks 2B
Gomez CF
Braun LF
Fielder 1B
McGehee 3B
Kotsay RF
Betancourt SS
Kottaras C
Wolf SP

And for the Phillies:

Victorino CF
Polanco 3B
Rollins SS
Howard 1B
Ibanez LF
Mayberry RF
Ruiz C
Valdez 2B
Halladay P

Finally, the Brewers bullpen:

Zach Braddock pitched 1.1 innings (34 pitches) Sunday.
Mike McClendon pitched 2.1 innings (41 pitches) Sunday for the Sounds.
Brandon Kintzler pitched two innings (29 pitches) Sunday and two innings (24 pitches) yesterday.
Kameron Loe pitched .1 innings (15 pitches) Sunday and 1 inning (19 pitches) yesterday.
Mitch Stetter pitched .2 innings (9 pitches) Sunday and 1 inning (10 pitches) yesterday.
Sean Green pitched .1 innings (6 pitches) Sunday and 0.1 innings (13 pitches) yesterday.
Sergio Mitre pitched 0.2 innings (5 pitches) yesterday
John Axford pitched 1 inning (24 pitches) yesterday.