Big matchups await in San Francisco

Big matchups await in San Francisco

SAN DIEGO -- Matchups against the Giants' top three starting pitchers only partially prompted the Brewers to keep their own big arms on regular rest this weekend, manager Ron Roenicke said.

Roenicke has opted to use Thursday's off-day to skip Marco Estrada's turn in the rotation, meaning Zack Greinke, Randy Wolf and Shaun Marcum will be pitching on regular rest at AT&T Park. Greinke will face Tim Lincecum, Wolf gets Madison Bumgarner and Marcum will face Matt Cain.

"I think when you gather information, you gather five different things and [head-to-head matchups] is one of them," Roenicke said. "It's looking at the whole picture, and looking at the individuals and what's going on."

Estrada will be available in the bullpen over the weekend. He'll slide back into the rotation on Tuesday.

The Greinke-Lincecum matchup on Friday night marks a compelling start to the weekend series.

"I become a fan in those instances," Brewers right fielder Corey Hart said. "Those pitchers' duels are fun. As a hitter, you want your stats, but those games are so intense, because you know every play could be the play. So Friday could be fun."