Friday, August 19, 2011

Pre-Game: Game 124 - Milwaukee Brewers VS New York Mets

After going 2-4 in Arizona and San Diego the Mets return home to take on the red hot Milwaukee Brewers. In their last 10 games, the Brew Crew are 8-2 and sport the best home record in the big leagues at 47-16. Tonight will mark the return of Francisco Rodriguez to New York as the right-handed reliever was traded to MIL during the all-star break.

On the mound for the Mets tonight will be right-hander Mike Pelfrey (6-9, 4.58). Pelfrey was removed from his most recent start after four innings after getting hit on his pitching elbow by a line drive during Saturday's 6-4 loss at Arizona. He gave up three runs and four hits. The right-hander made a rare relief appearance during Tuesday's 6-1 loss to the Padres, yielding a run and two hits in one-third of an inning. Pelfrey is 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA over two career home starts against the Brewers.

Toeing the rubber for the Brewers will be right-hander Shaun Marcum (10-3, 3.50). Marcum has been terrific on the road as of late, going 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA over his last 11 starts. The right-hander is unbeaten in his past eight outings overall after going 7 2-3 innings in Sunday's 2-1, 10-inning victory over Pittsburgh. Marcum was outstanding in his only career start versus the Mets on June 7 but didn't get a decision, giving up two hits in six scoreless innings of a 2-1 win.

Game time is scheduled for 7:10 PM. Here are the starting lineups:

For the (73-52) Milwaukee Brewers:

1. Corey Hart RF
2. Nyjer Morgan CF
3. Ryan Braun LF
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Casey McGehee 3B
6. Yuniesky Betancourt SS
7. Matthew Lucroy C
8. Craig Counsell 2B
9. Shaun Marcum P

For the (60-63) New York Mets:

1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Willie Harris 2B
3. David Wright 3B
4. Lucas Duda 1B
5. Mike Baxter RF
6. Jason Pridie LF
7. Josh Thole C
8. Ruben Tejada SS
9. Mike Pelfrey P