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Game Thread #2: Brewers (0-1) at Reds (1-0)

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Oh man my first chance to post a game thread this season I hope I don't screw it up.



A bunch of stuff, after the jump

We get our very first look at Shaun Marcum in a major league game with the Brewers today. If you've been around anytime since December, you might know by now that he a 3.64 ERA and 3.74 FIP with the Blue Jays in 2010. Dude walked less than two and struck out more than seven and a half batters per nine innings last season. Now that he's out of the AL East, he should be even better. Marcum has a wicked changeup that I'm excited to see, and lefties seemingly can't hit him

Travis Wood had seventeen starts last year for the Reds and pitched well, with a 3.51 ERA and 3.42 FIP. He has similar peripherals to Marcum, except that he allows slightly more walks. Wood has a wicked fastball that was over 17 runs above average.

Brewers line-up:

2B Weeks

CF Gomez

LF Braun

1B Fielder

3B McGehee

RF Almonte

SS Betancourt

C Nieves

P Marcum

Almonte, of course, is getting the start in right after his stellar spring. If you've been paying close attention, you might know I'm not a big fan of the guy and think he'll end up struggling. This will be his first start in the majors since 2003 when he was with the Yankees, so I guess you do have to kind of feel good for the guy. I don't know what's so bad about using Nyjer Morgan in right, but, hey, at least it's not Kotsay again.

Reds:

CF Stubbs

2B Phillips

1B Votto

3B Rolen

LF Gomes

RF Bruce

SS Renteria

C Hanigan

P Wood

Go Brewers!