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Tonight's Matchup: Brewers (Gorzelanny) @ D-Backs (Corbin)

Can the Brewers even their series in the desert?

This picture of Jeff Bianchi has been haunting me all day.
This picture of Jeff Bianchi has been haunting me all day.

No promises, but I think I'll be able to stay awake for all of this one.

Tonight at 8:40 the Brewers will face second-year big leaguer Patrick Corbin (2.40 ERA, 3.29 FIP) and the Diamondbacks. Corbin was the Angels' second round pick in the 2009 draft and came to the Diamondbacks organization in 2010 in the Dan Haren trade. He had the best game of his season on Sunday, holding Colorado to a run on three hits over eight innings and tying a season high with ten strikeouts.

Corbin is holding opposing batters to a .238 batting average on balls in play this season, so it seems likely he'll come back to Earth eventually. In the meantime, though, he throws a low-90's fastball with a bunch of sliders and some changeups.

Corbin opened his season with a win over the Brewers on April 6, holding the Crew to two runs on eight hits over six innings, walking one and striking out two. No current Brewers have faced him ten times or more, but the guys who have seen him are a combined 7-for-17 with a walk for a .412/.444/.471 line.

He'll take on veteran lefty Tom Gorzelanny (2.12 ERA, 3.84 FIP), whose strong outing in a recent spot start earned him another shot in the rotation. He made just his second start of the season against the Mets on Sunday and allowed two runs (both unearned) on eight hits over six innings, walking none and striking out eight.

Gorzelanny's eight strikeout game on Sunday was his first in over two years. He has, however, struck out 8.2 batters per nine innings since the start of the 2009 season, so he has the ability to get a K when he needs it. His fastball sits in the low 90's but almost one in three of his pitches this season have been sliders, which FanGraphs rates as a significantly above average pitch.

Gorzelanny made a pair of relief appearances against Arizona earlier this season, holding them scoreless and hitless over two innings with a walk and a strikeout. The only current Diamondback who has faced him ten times or more is Martin Prado, who is hitting .333/.429/.667 over 14 plate appearances.

Here are tonight's lineups:

Order Brewers Pos @ Diamondbacks Pos
1 Norichika Aoki RF Adam Eaton LF
2 Jean Segura SS A.J. Pollock CF
3 Carlos Gomez CF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4 Jonathan Lucroy C
Aaron Hill 2B
5 Rickie Weeks 2B Cody Ross RF
6 Sean Halton 1B Martin Prado 3B
7 Yuniesky Betancourt 3B Miguel Montero C
8 Logan Schafer LF Cliff Pennington SS
9 Tom Gorzelanny P Patrick Corbin P

And in the bullpen:

  • Jim Henderson pitched one inning (33 pitches) last night.
  • John Axford pitched one inning (20 pitches) last night.
  • Donovan Hand pitched two innings (35 pitches) on Wednesday.
  • Brandon Kintzler pitched one inning (13 pitches) on Wednesday.
  • Burke Badenhop pitched one inning (12 pitches) on Wednesday.
  • Michael Gonzalez pitched .2 innings (nine pitches) on Wednesday.
  • Francisco Rodriguez last pitched on Monday.
  • Tyler Thornburg posted a picture of a giant bug on Twitter yesterday.

The weather in Arizona is hot and miserable, but inside it'll be shaded and cool.