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April 2006



Game 22 Preview

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Since I’m on vacation at the beach, there is not fancy table today for our game preview. I’ll have that up and running again for Monday. In the meantime, I’ll put as much info in this basic preview as possible.

Starting Pitchers

Glendon Rusch – (1-3 6.41 ERA)
Doug Davis – (0-2) 7.66 ERA)

Scouting Report on Doug Davis

It has been a rough start to 2006 for Davis to say the least. His most recent start was his five-inning, nine-walk performance against Cincinnati on Sunday. Davis tied a dubious club record with his nine free passes, and the Brewers went on to lose the game, 11-0. One of the National League’s top authors of quality starts over the past two seasons, Davis has yet to pitch deeper than the sixth inning in five starts this year. (

Davis is a prototypical crafty lefthander, changing speeds and location to keep hitters off balance. His best pitches are a cut fastball and a slow curve. In Ned Yost’s catcher platoon, Davis always pitched to Chad Moeller when Moeller was healthy. The result was an ERA nearly two-thirds of a point better than any previous season, with a marked improvement in his strikeouts per inning. Most important, he was consistent, with only one rough patch right after the All-Star break.

Davis’ failings at the plate hurt his chances to post wins in 2004. He frequently was taken down for a pinch-hitter because the Brewers had a weak offense, and because he can’t hit a lick. Davis is that rare player who throws left and bats right, but he went 0-for-42 to start the season. He did manage to put down six sacrifice bunts in 2004. Davis fields his position well, and though lacking a very good move to first base, still manages to hold basestealing to an acceptable level. (Fox Sports

Weather Report

Temperature: 60 degrees
Wind: 16 mph right to left

Over / Under

Since we have two guy’s whose combined ERA is astronomical, we’ll set the over under today at 9.5 combined runs by the two offenses today.