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Today's Matchup: Brewers (Lohse) vs. Phillies (Pettibone)

Thearon W. Henderson

The Brewers have a chance to win three games in a row today, something that they haven't done since their nine-game winning streak in April. To do it, they'll have to go through the Phillies in the last game of a four-game series.

Jonathan Pettibone (3.40 ERA/4.48 FIP) gets the start for the Phillies today. He made his MLB debut in April of this season after only making nine starts in Triple-A. Like Kendrick, he pitches to contact, with a low strikeout rate (5.6 K/9) and a higher walk rate (3.06 BB/9). He uses four pitches: a fastball, a slider, a cutter, and a curveball. In his last start, he pitched six innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks with one strikeout. Since Pettibone just made his debut, he has never faced any of the current Brewers.

On the other side, it's Kyle Lohse (4.39 ERA/4.73 FIP) starting for the Brewers. The month of May was rough for him, but June at least started with a quality start. In his last start against Oakland, he pitched six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Lohse has been successful with controlling his walks (1.51 BB/9), but his home run rate (1.64 HR/9) has been a problem. Specifically in his last two starts, he has allowed six home runs.

Five Phillies have faed Lohse ten times or more. Here is how they have done.

Player PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Jimmy Rollins 40 .189 .250 .270 .520
Michael Young 33 .250 .273 .656 .929
Ryan Howard 26 .476 .577 .952 1.529
Laynce Nix 17 .294 .294 .706 1.000
Humberto Quintero 13 .385 .385 .462 .846
All Phillies Players 154 .299 .344 .542 .886

Today's lineups:

Order Phillies Pos @ Brewers Pos
1 Michael Young 3B Norichika Aoki RF
2 Ben Revere CF Jean Segura SS
3 Jimmy Rollins SS Ryan Braun LF
4 Ryan Howard 1B Carlos Gomez CF
5 Domonic Brown LF Yuniesky Betancourt 3B
6 Kevin Frandsen 2B Martin Maldonado C
7 Laynce Nix RF Juan Francisco 1B
8 Humberto Quintero C Scooter Gennett 2B
9 Jonathan Pettibone P Kyle Lohse P

In the bullpen:

  • Brandon Kintzler pitched one inning (27 pitches) yesterday and one inning (19 pitches) on Friday.
  • Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (18 pitches) yesterday and one inning (17 pitches) on Friday.
  • John Axford pitched one inning (17 pitches) and .2 innings (8 pitches) on Friday.
  • Burke Badenhop pitched .2 innings (1 pitch) on Friday and two innings (20 pitches) on Thursday.
  • Michael Gonzalez pitched .1 inning (17 pitches) on Friday.
  • Donovan Hand pitched two innings (28 pitches) on Thursday.
  • Jim Henderson has been activated off of the DL and pitched 1 inning in a rehab assignment in Appleton on Friday.

It should be a beautiful day for baseball. With temperatures in the low 70s and no chance of rain during the game, the roof should be open for a nice day.