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What a great way to kick off the holiday weekend. Each of these 27-win teams own two of the best records in baseball as the Brewers continue to keep pace with the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals. The Giants will be without their catcher and one of their best hitters, Buster Posey (.284 BA, 4 HR, 21 RBI), who was placed on the disabled list on Thursday with a fractured bone in his leg after a collision at home plate Wednesday night.
Still, this is a special pitching matchup. Watching ace Tim Lincecum is always a treat and the 26-year-old “Freak” has continued to earn his reputation this season, boasting a 2.06 ERA and a 4-4 record coming into tonight’s matchup.
Lincecum has won two of his last three starts including a complete game shutout of the Oakland A’s last Saturday. He should be a treat to watch.
But Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum is no slouch either. The 29-year-old right-hander is having a career year and will be one of the keys to success for the Brewers going forward this season.
At a near perfect 6-1 record, Marcum has a dazzling 2.37 ERA and has won his last three starts. In 15.0 innings of work in his last two starts, the ace has only allowed two earned runs.