Monday, July 6, 2015

Three things to watch tonight

Good afternoon from Milwaukee.

Three things to watch tonight


Good afternoon from Milwaukee.

Jimmy Rollins is scheduled to speak in an hour or so. We'll have complete coverage here on High Cheese and We don't have a newspaper tomorrow, so we'll try to do a lot of stuff for the web today. Keep checking back throughout the afternoon evening.

1. Might the middle of the line-up come up big?
 Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Pat Burrell have combined for just one hit in 17 at-bats during this series. But all three players have had tremendous success off of Brewers righthander Dave Bush. Ryan Howard is 5-for-14 with two home runs and four RBIs, Pat Burrell is 5-for-13 with three home runs and five RBIs, and Chase Utley is 4-for-9 with a solo home run.

2. For the first time this series, the bullpen could be the difference.
Jamie Moyer has pitched more than six innings in 11 of his starts this season, meaning there is a good chance the bullpen will be called upon to pitch more than two innings for the first time this series. The good news is that they are well rested. J.C. Romero has thrown just one pitch in the last week. Chad Durbin has thrown none.
That said, Durbin did warm-up in the bullpen late in Game 2.
"Once you get to a certain point in the season, and you've thrown as many games as we have, you're either mechanically sound or you're not," Durbin said. "Just getting up in the 'pen last night, getting the adrenalin going, I threw the ball well. It was nice to get the blood flowing and get it out of the system."

3. Who will start at third base?
It will be an interesting call on the part of Charlie Manuel. He likes to use Pedro Feliz in the field when Moyer pitches because of the veteran lefty's propensity to elicit ground balls. But the left-handed hitting Greg Dobbs could be a good match-up at the plate against Bush: he is 6-for-13 with two home runs and five RBIs lifetimes against the Brewers righty.

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