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Brewers to face Lee; '09 version of CC

Cliff Lee had a stretch in late August and early September in which he looked human, but he’s otherwise been a sensational midseason pick-up for the Phillies. The Brewers, who missed Lee during their Interleague trip through Cleveland in June, will get a look at him tonight at Miller Park.

Since joining the Phillies in July, Lee is 7-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 10 starts including three complete games and one shutout. Compare that to the Brewers’ acquisition last summer of another Cleveland Indians lefty, CC Sabathia, who was 9-1 with a 1.59 ERA in his first 10 Brewers starts, including five complete games and two shutouts. It’s not supposed to be that easy.

As Brewers GM Doug Melvin points out, Lee was a rare impact pick-up this season. The Cardinals’ acquisition of outfielder Matt Holliday also qualifies, but otherwise many of the July trades had a limited effect.

Back to tonight’s game. Here are the lineups for both teams:

Jimmy Rollins  SS
Shane Victorino  CF
Chase Utley  2B
Ryan Howard  1B
Jayson Werth  RF
Ben Francisco  LF
Pedro Feliz  3B
Paul Hoover  C
Cliff Lee  LHP

Felipe Lopez  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Mike Cameron  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
Mike Rivera  C
Manny Parra  LHP

Skaalen: Crew's plate discipline 'why I'm sitting here right now'

Jim Skaalen got off a good line while talking about his new job as the Oakland A’s hitting coach. The A’s are well-known for their focus on pitch selection and on-base percentage, qualities that often eluded Brewers hitters under Skaalen’s watch. 

“All that stuff, believe it or not, was also stressed in Milwaukee,” Skaalen said Friday, before the Brewers and A’s squared off for the second time in three days. “It didn’t materialize as consistently as I liked, which is probably why I’m sitting here right now.”

He was sitting in Oakland’s dugout on Friday instead of Milwaukee’s mostly because of last September, when the Brewers slumped to a .227 team batting average and averaged 3.6 runs per game. In the first five months of the season, they batted .257 and averaged 4.8 runs per game.

“As disappointed and sad as I was to get the news [of his dismissal], I couldn’t be happier with the development and the progress of those guys over there,” Skaalen said. “The core of that team, I feel like I played some role in helping them get to where they are at. … I don’t know because I wasn’t told much, but I think that Doug [Melvin, Milwaukee’s general manager] just felt the need for them to hear somebody new.”

Does he have answers for Milwaukee’s team-wide September swoon?

“I don’t even have an answer for it other than most of the players just had a tough time from keeping from doing too much,” Skaalen said. “They wanted to get there [to the postseason]. … It happens. Try as I might, those kids were in the cage and I’m trying to refocus their mindset, get them through the last month, it was just difficult. It’s easy in the cage, but when you’re playing big game after big game, that’s just human nature. Thank goodness for Prince [Fielder] and J.J. [Hardy] did OK, and thank goodness for CC [Sabathia] and the pitching staff.”