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Open Thread: Game 137 - @ Milwaukee Brewers

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LA Dodgers (73-63) vs. Milwaukee (62-75) 11:05am

Lineups:

LA Dodgers

Rafael Furcal SS .291/.362/.413
Kenny Lofton CF .305/.363/.401
Nomar Garciaparra 1B .314/.383/.509
J.D. Drew RF .277/.379/.469
Jeff Kent 2B .277/.367/.477
Andre Ethier LF .334/.380/.524
Wilson Betemit 3B .280/.333/.561
Russell Martin C .290/.362/.444
Greg Maddux P .250/.231/.333

Milwaukee

Brady Clark CF .268/.363/.337
Tony Graffanino SS .277/.357/.401
Jeff Cirillo 2B .344/.391/.451
Prince Fielder 1B .274/.342/.481
Corey Hart LF .269/.312/.407
Geoff Jenkins RF .252/.334/.392
David Bell 3B .234/.295/.324
Damian Miller C .248/.322/.392
Dave Bush P .173/.173/.231

Pitching Matchup:

Greg Maddux vs Dave Bush
3 W 9
0 L 10
2.37 ERA 4.70
38.0 IP 174.1
4.26 K/9 7.19
1.42 BB/9 1.81
0.47 HR/9 1.19

The 2006 Brewers bear a strong resemblence to the 2005 Dodgers: a team with promise that got decimated by injuries and under performance. They've been missing their middle infield, their ace, and their number four starter for a good deal of the season. Also, two of their outfielders, Brady Clark and Geoff Jenkins, number two starter Doug Davis and closer Derrick Turnbow have performed well below expectations.

The Dodgers called up three more players before todays game: Tim Hamulack, Giovanni Carrara, and Eric Stults. Stults was a starter for Las Vegas this season, putting up a 4.23 ERA in 153 and 1/3rd innings for the 51s. His perhiperals are decent, but nothing to write home about. He strikes out a lot of hitters, 7.51 per nine, but he walks a ton of hitters as well (1.88 K/BB). He also was able to keep the ball in the park in Cashman Field's rarified air, allowing only .59 home runs per nine. While I doubt Stults will see anything other than mop up duty this year, he could be, at the very least, a decent long reliever next year.

Scoreboard Watching:
San Diego vs. Colorado at 6:05
Philadelphia vs. Houston at 3:05

The magic number is 22 over the Phillies and the Marlins.