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Brewers Vs. Braves: Zack Greinke Makes Milwaukee Debut In Second Game Of Doubleheader

The Braves and Brewers wrap up a Wednesday doubleheader with a big pitching matchup between Zack Greinke and Tim Hudson. The game begins 30 minutes after the first one ends on Peachtree TV and Fox Sports South.

Brewers Lineup:
1. Rickie Weeks, 2B
2. Corey Hart, RF
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Casey McGehee, 3B
6. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
7. Carlos Gomez, CF
8. Wil Nieves, C
9. Zack Greinke, SP

Braves Lineup:
1. Martin Prado, 3B
2. Alex Gonzalez, SS
3. Jason Heyward, RF
4. Dan Uggla, 2B
5. Freddie Freeman, 1B
6. David Ross, C
7. Eric Hinske, LF
8. Nate McLouth, CF
9. Tim Hudson, SP

Zack Greinke (2010: 222 IP, 4.17 ERA, 3.34 FIP, 3.60 xFIP, 2.25 BB/9, 7.4 K/9, 46 GB%, 7.5 SwStr%)
(60.7 FB%, 15.5 SL%, 13 CH%, 10.7 CB%; 45.5 Swing%, 82.8 Contact%)
vs.
Tim Hudson (41.1 IP, 3.48 ERA, 2.98 FIP, 3.71 xFIP, 1.52 BB/9, 4.35 K/9, 61.2 GB%, 6.8 SwStr%)
(59.4 FB%, 17 SL%, 10.4 SF%, 4.8 CB%, 4.8 CT%, 3.7 CH%; 48.6 Swing%, 85.8 Contact%)

Greinke is making his Brewers debut after breaking a rib playing basketball over the offseason. The debut will come with much hype after Greinke was the headliner in a blockbuster deal between the Brewers and Royals this winter. The ace throws a large amount of fastballs, which last year averaged 93.5 MPH. He throws a hard, tight slider as his best secondary offering, and he adds an equal amount of changeups and curveballs.

Hudson continues to be a model of consistency, allowing two runs in six innings against the Cardinals last time out despite poor command and what appeared to be a nagging side issue. Hudson's ground ball rate continues to sit just three percentage points fewer than last year's mark, which is very good to see.

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Brewers fans check out Brew Crew Ball.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.