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Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Diego Padres Pitching Matchups

Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

The Milwaukee Brewers (81-78) will host the San Diego Padres (75-84) for the last series of the regular season. The Brewers are officially eliminated from playoff contention after a disappointing series against the Houston Astros this past weekend. At this point, Milwaukee has to avoid getting swept if they want to finish the season above .500. Meanwhile, San Diego is just looking to end the season on a high note.

Monday October 1, 2012

Shaun Marcum (6-4, 3.74 ERA) vs. (Clayton Richard 14-13, 3.91 ERA)

Shaun Marcum is looking to end the season with back-to-back wins so he can enter free agency on a wave of confidence. The chances of the Brewers bringing Marcum back next season are slim to none, which means he will have to win a new team over with his final performance.

Clayton Richard will be trying for his 15th win of the season, which would be a new career-best. He had a shot at No. 15 last week but the pressure appeared to get to him, as it was arguably his worst start of the season. He allowed four earned runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tuesday October 2, 2012

Tyler Thornburg (0-0, 5.00 ERA) vs. Casey Kelly (2-3, 6.21 ERA)

Tyler Thornburg will make the third start of his MLB career, as all three will have come this season. He replaces Wily Peralta in the starting rotation who suffered a biceps injury. Thornburg has only appeared twice since his September call up due to Milwaukee making a legitimate run at a postseason berth. In those two appearances, he allowed one earned run on three hits in four innings.

Casey Kelly is trying to record a win in his last start of the season after going 0-2 in his last two outings. The 22-year-old got roughed up in his last outing in which he surrendered five earned runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. However, he did tie his career-high in strikeouts with six.

Wednesday October 3, 2012

TBD vs. Andrew Werner (2-3, 4.78 ERA)

The Brewers have yet to determine who will start the last game of the season, but if I had to guess, I would say it is going to be Yovani Gallardo.

Andrew Werner is trying to bounce back after three straight rough outings in which he has posted a 0-2 record while giving up 13 earned runs on 21 hits in 13 1/3 innings. Take away those three starts and Werner is 2-0 with seven earned runs, 17 hits in 24 1/3 innings.

Michael is a MLB and NBA Featured Writer for Rant Sports, but covers topics for various teams in baseball, basketball, and football. Make sure to follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelTerrill and on Facebook.