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Tonight's Matchup: Brewers (Lohse) @ Astros (Bedard)

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Interleague mayhem continues tonight in Houston.

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Barring injury or some other roster-altering event, it's hard for me to imagine tonight being any worse than last night. So at least that's comforting.

The Brewers continue their interleague series against the Astros at 7:10 tonight when they'll face Erik Bedard (4.82 ERA, 5.08 FIP), who I'd completely forgotten was with Houston. This is Bedard's 15th appearance and 13th start of the 2013 season, and he did not allow an earned run over six innings against the White Sox on Friday.

Bedard's career was forever altered and marred by a series of injuries that occurred following his trade to the Mariners in 2008, but he's still been a pretty effective major leaguer when he's on the field. Since the start of the 2008 season he's posted a 4.01 ERA but averaged just 80 innings per season (including a lost year in 2010). His fastball still sits around 90, and he'll mix in a changeup, cutter and curve.

Bedard faced the Brewers twice last year as a member of the Pirates and was roughed up on both occasions, allowing a combined eleven runs over 8.1 innings. Only two active Brewers have seen him ten times or more:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Yuniesky Betancourt 13 .250 .308 .333 .641
Carlos Gomez 11 .400 .455 .900 1.355

He'll face fellow longtime big leaguer Kyle Lohse (3.84 ERA, 4.44 FIP), who would be having a great season if you could erase his month of May. Seriously, check out these splits:

Month IP ERA
April 32 2.53
May 27.2 6.51
June 20 2.25

Lohse faced the Reds on Friday and allowed three runs over six innings, but only one of them was earned. After allowing seven home runs in his previous three starts, he successfully kept the Reds in the ballpark in one of the game's most homer-friendly facilities.

Lohse faced the Astros three times last season and allowed five earned runs over 19 innings for a 2.37 ERA. Two current Astros have seen him ten times or more:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Carlos Pena 41 .237 .293 .474 .766
Ronny Cedeno 22 .381 .409 .476 .885

As of this writing tonight's lineups have not been posted. If you've seen them, please drop them in the comments.

Bullpen:

  • Burke Badenhop pitched 1.1 innings (28 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Sunday.
  • Tom Gorzelanny pitched .2 innings (21 pitches) last night.
  • Brandon Kintzler pitched .2 innings (9 pitches) last night.
  • Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (8 pitches) last night.
  • Donovan Hand and Michael Gonzalez last pitched on Sunday.
  • Jim Henderson last pitched on Saturday.
  • John Axford last pitched on Friday.

This is where I tell you about the weather but it doesn't matter in Houston, as the roof will be closed.