- Nieve keeps chilling opponents’ bats, holding the Cardinals scoreless on three hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 in three starts in place of the disabled John Maine. Nieve has given up just 10 hits in 20 2/3 innings as a starter this season and has lowered his ERA to 1.31. Nieve is 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA in three career appearances against the Brewers, including one start. Back on May 2, 2006, Nieve allowed four runs on six hits in seven innings at Miller Park, earning the win for the Astros.
- Nieveâ€™s only previous start against the Brewers was a memorable one on May 2, 2006, at Miller Park. He allowed four runs over seven innings to earn his first major league victory, 8-5 with Houston.
- The Mets (37-37) have fallen to the .500 mark for the first time since May 6 after scoring three runs while being swept over the weekend at home by the New York Yankees. They are starting a seven-game trip, and continue to be without regulars Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes.
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- Milwaukeeâ€™s Braden Looper tries to avoid finishing with a winless June. Looper is 0-1 with a 7.18 ERA in five starts this month since his last win May 29 against Cincinnati. The right-hander gave up three runs over six innings Wednesday in a 4-3 win over Minnesota. He suffered a contusion on his right triceps after being hit by a line drive in the fifth, but said that he would be OK.
- Looper, a former Met, has made one start and 46 relief appearances against New York, going 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA. The lone start came with St. Louis on April 4, 2007, when he allowed three runs over six innings in a 10-0 loss.
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