Friday, March 04, 2005

Finally, the games have arrived!

After a couple weeks of spring training, the exihibition games finally begin with the Brewers facing off against the Mariners and A's in a split-squad action. Both games will start at 2:00 PM CT, with Ben Hendrickson facing the A's and Chris Capuano facing the Mariners - with the aforementioned Jose Capellan following on his heels. Here's a little bit from the Brewers official site, regarding who plays where:

Capuano will start for one split-squad against right-hander Joel Pineiro and the Seattle Mariners. Ben Hendrickson will start for the Brewers' other split-squad across town at Phoenix Municipal Stadium against Dan Meyer and the Oakland A's. Both games begin at 2 p.m. CT, and Brewers television broadcaster Daron Sutton will call an audio webcast of the Brewers-Mariners game on the Brewers Web site.

Jorge De La Rosa and Matt Wise will follow Hendrickson against Oakland, each scheduled for two innings or 40 pitches, followed by Ben Diggins and Sam Narron for one inning or 25 pitches apiece. Dennis Sarfate is also making the trip.

Against the Mariners at Maryvale, Capuano, Jose Capellan and Tommy Phelps each will pitch two innings or 40 pitches. Andy Pratt, Rigo Beltran and Kieschnick are scheduled to follow for an inning or 25 pitches.

Carlos Lee will make his unofficial debut in the road game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where he can serve as the designated hitter. Yost is easing Lee into game action because he was one of the last position players to arrive in camp. Wes Helms, Bill Hall, Junior Spivey, Brady Clark and Chad Moeller are among the players expected to start against Oakland left-hander Meyer, one of the players acquired from the Braves for Tim Hudson.

At Maryvale against the Mariners, the Brewers lineup looks like this: CF Dave Krynzel, 2B Rickie Weeks, 1B Lyle Overbay, 3B Russell Branyan, LF Geoff Jenkins, C Damian Miller, LF Brad Nelson, SS J.J. Hardy and Capuano.

Now, of course Spring Training recods don't matter, but this has to be the most anticipated Brewers pre-season camp in recent memory. The influx of prospects and new talent like Lee has people's optimism at sky-high levels. The games should be especially fun to follow this March, since Yost plans to play his usual starters for about half a game, followed by the kids like Prince, Weeks, Nelson, Krynzel, etc. I think this strategy is a pretty excellent one, getting the "kids" a chance to see some ML pitching.

Also, here's a link to the best place to keep tabs on a Brewer game, the In-Game Thread.

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