Friday, October 2, 2009

It's the end of the season as we know it: Brewers-Cards

Well, we've reached it....the end of the 2009 Baseball Season and a return to the wrong side of .500. What did the Brewers accomplish this week? They helped the Rockies make the playoffs and made sure the Braves did not advance to the playoffs. For the final series of the season, they get to face off against a St. Louis Cardinals team that is tuning up for the playoffs

Brewers 77-82 vs. Cardinals 91-68

Looper 13-7 5.10 era 82 ERA+ vs. Wainwright 19-8 2.58 era 162 ERA+

This game has a a few interesting questions that will be answered. 1) Will Braden Looper somehow manage to lead the Brewers in wins this season without actually being good. 2) How far will he push himself up the single-season charts for home runs allowed in a season (he's tied for 23rd coming in to today) 3) Will Adam Wainwright win his 20th game and strengthen his argument for the Cy Young Award

Villaneuva 3-10 5.24 era 80 ERA+ vs. Lohse 6-9 4.84 era 86 ERA+

Carlos Villaneuva gets a chance to end his disappointing season on a strong note. The Cardinals counter with Kyle Lohse as he finishes off a typical Kyle Lohse-type season.

Narveson 2-0 4.01 era 105 ERA+ vs. Piniero 15-12 3.44 era 121 ERA+

Chris Narveson gets the last start of the season to finish off his case for being included in the 2010 rotation. He's had good moments (striking out 10 Cardinals, the last time he faced them). If he can address his durability issues in the off season and make it past 5 2/3 innings the Brewers may have a solid middle-of the rotation starter in Narveson.

Joel Piniero has a chance to mark an exclamation point on one of his finest seasons to date. The main thing to ask here is if his strong play will carry over through the playoffs and into 2010.

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