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Today's Matchup: Milwaukee (Narveson) at Atlanta (Beachy)

Oh bat, I love you so much.
Oh bat, I love you so much.

Happy Jackie Robinson day!

Today, Chris Narveson (1-0, 3.60) takes the mound for the Brewers. Narveson had a quick five inning stint against the Cubs to open the season, allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Narveson has developed into a decent fifth starter and, in 2011, posted a 4.45 ERA and a 4.06 FIP. Narveson's pitch selection his first outing of the year was fairly normal as Narveson mixed in a four seamer, two seamer, curveball and changeup. None of his pitches are much more valuable than another, according to fan graphs.

Narveson has not faced any current braves ten or more times.

For the Braves, it's Brandon Beachy's (0-1, 1.80) turn in the rotation. Beachy is 25 years old and this will be his second full year in the major leagues after starting 25 games in 2011. He was excellent in those 25 games, though, with a 3.68 ERA and a 3.19 FIP. He also had an incredibly impressive 10.74 K/9 and 2.92 BB/9. Seriously good numbers for someone who was never considered a top prospect. In his first start this season, Beachy gave up just one earned run in five innings, but allowed seven base runners on four hits and three walks.

Beachy throws his 92 MPH four seamer over 50% of the time. Other than that, he'll mix in a very good 83 MPH slider, an 80 MPH changeup, a 74 MPH slow curve, and a 92 MPH cutter.

Beachy has not yet faced a current Brewers player at least 10 times, but in 12 innings against Milwaukee has allowed just two runs.


2B Weeks
CF Morgan
LF Braun
3B Ramirez
RF Hart
1B Gamel
C Lucroy
SS Izturis
P Narveson

And in the bullpen:

Jose Veras pitched 1 inning (22 pitches) yesterday.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched 0.1 innings (21 pitches) Friday.
Marco Estrada pitched 0.2 innings (18 pitches) Friday.
Kameron Loe pitched 2 innings (32 pitches) Friday.

Tim Dillard
pitched two innings (21 pitches) Thursday and 0.2 innings (5 pitches) Friday.
Manny Parra
pitched 2.1 innings (35 pitches) Thursday.
John Axford pitched one inning (20 pitches) Wednesday.