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Gamethread #6: Brewers (1-4) vs. Braves (3-2)

I'm really glad I get to write my first gamethread of the year following an actual win

Current Series

4 game series vs Braves @ Miller Park

Mon 04/04 WP: Peter Moylan (1 - 0)
SV: Craig Kimbrel
LP: Takashi Saito (0 - 1)
1 - 2 loss
Tue 04/05 WP: Yovani Gallardo (1 - 0)
LP: Derek Lowe (1 - 1)
1 - 0 win

Atlanta Braves
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011, 7:10 PM CDT
Miller Park

Mike Minor vs Marco Estrada

Cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 45.

Wednesday's Frosty Mug

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Thu 04/07 12:40 PM CDT

Now let's see if we can get win number two!

Follow the jump for the usual...

The Braves will send Mike Minor (3-2, 5.98 ERA, 3.77 FIP in 2010) to the mound today. This will be Minor's first start this year and the ninth of his career. Minor was drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft and moved quickly through the Braves system, going 6-8 with a 3.15 ERA. In the minors he didn't give up many hits (6.9/9) and struck out plenty (10.9/9). He didn't get the same results in the majors last year, but was dreadfully unlucky, with a .379 BABIP. He enters the season as baseball's 37th best prospect. Wil Nieves and Nyjer Morgan have each faced Minor twice.

After much speculation and debating, the Brewers have decided to start Marco Estrada today. Estrada only made seven appearances in with the big league club last year, posting a 9.53/6.08 ERA/FIP. The most successful of those seven appearances was his first- a 4 inning 1 ER peformance on May 18th against the Reds. Not long after that he landed on the DL for the rest of the season with shoulder tendinitis. Last year for Nashville Estrada went 2-2 with a 3.15/2.70 ERA/FIP over 7 starts. Estrada won this start largely on his performance in spring training, where he went 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA. No Brave has faced Estrada more than twice.

Today's lineup features just the right amount of Kotsay, but a little too much Yuni.

Rickie Weeks 2B
Carlos Gomez CF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Erick Almonte RF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Wil NIeves C
Marco Estrada RHP

And for the Braves...

Martin Prado LF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Chipper Jones 3B
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Jason Heyward RF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Matt Young CF
Mike Minor LHP

Thanks to Yovani Gallardo, our bullpen is pretty well rested. Well, probably not Kameron Loe, but I digress...

Kameron Loe pitched 1 inning (10 pitches) Monday and .1 inning Sunday.
Takashi Saito pitched 1 inning (32 pitches) Monday.
Zach Braddock pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) Monday and .1 inning Saturday.
Mitch Stetter pitched .2 innings (12 pitches) Sunday
Sean Green pitched 1 inning (29 pitches) Sunday and 1 inning Saturday.
John Axford ptched .2 innings (19 pitches) Sunday.
Sergio Mitre pitches 2 innings (21 pitches) Saturday.

We're back on FSWI tonight. And there was much rejoicing.

Go Brewers!