I recognize it still says "probable" but it's on the Brewers.com site so it has to be pretty close to true. A good chance that we won't have to see Parra at D3S's day of drunken dabauchery. Not sure that Burnsy is going to put on much of a show either. BTW, my belt is all set.
Thursday, July 9 Miller Park | 1:05 PM CT
Joel Pineiro, RHP (6-9, 3.39) Cardinals (46-39)@Manny Parra, LHP (3-8,7.52)Brewers (43-40)
Cardinals: Coming off his first no-decision of the season, Pineiro at least finally remembers what it's like to have some runs scored when he pitches. He has been far better than his record would indicate, having stuck doggedly to a strategy of pounding sinkers down in the strike zone. Pineiro has been better at home than on the road, but if he can pitch a good game at Great American Ball Park -- which he did on Friday -- he can pitch a good game just about anywhere.
Brewers: Key on the word "probable" in "probable pitcher" for now, because the Brewers have yet to make this assignment official. But Parra was removed from the list of upcoming pitchers for Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday in a pretty clear indication that the Brewers were poised to recall him to the big leagues. Parra was 3-7 with a 7.52 ERA in 13 starts before the Brewers demoted him to Nashville after a loss to the White Sox on June 13. In four Triple-A starts, he went 1-2 with a 2.92 ERA, including seven scoreless innings at Round Rock on Friday.
Saturday, July 11 Miller Park | 6:05 PM CT
Jeff Weaver, RHP (5-2, 3.32) Dodgers (53-30) @ Mike Burns, RHP (1-2, 5.57)Brewers (43-40)
Dodgers: It might be Weaver. At least that's what manager Joe Torre said Sunday after Eric Milton, tentatively set for the job, was placed on the disabled list. Primarily a long reliever this year, Weaver had been a starter throughout his career and he's handled four spot starts this year with a 2-0 record and 3.15 ERA. Weaver has never faced the Brewers.
Brewers: Burns gets at least one more shot after a poor outing last weekend in Chicago, when he surrendered seven runs without escaping the fifth inning of an 8-2 loss to the Cubs. It was that game which promoted outfielder Ryan Braun to make his well-publicized call for the Brewers to acquire pitching help. But Burns was much better in his previous start against the Mets at Miller Park, allowing only two runs in 6 2/3 innings in a win over Johan Santana.