Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Open Thread of Ridin' Riv'

Mike Rivera is in. But Bill Hall is as well, and Braun is out. This lineup does not fill me with optimism.

2B Rickie Weeks
SS J.J. Hardy
LF Gabe Kapler
1B Prince Fielder
RF Corey Hart
3B Bill Hall
CF Mike Cameron
C Mike Rivera
LHP Manny Parra

Interestingly, Bill Hall has faced Wandy Rodriguez more than any other batter. In 29 plate appearances he has managed to amass a very Bill Hall-like .720 OPS. The Brewers are overall pretty average against Wandy. Hart has excelled (1.022 OPS) as have Hardy and the shelved Braun. Mike Cameron has been bad, Counsell and Durham have been worse. Weeks, however, has had success. .474 OPS and a .400 slugging. I like his chances today.

We'll need him! Go Brewers! Game in 90 minutes.

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