|MILWAUKEE ( BURGOS )|
LA DODGERS ( BECKETT )
|961||MILWAUKEE||+140||Ov 7.5,+105||+140||Ov 7.5,+120|
|962||LA DODGERS||-150||Un 7.5,-125||-150||Un 7.5,-140|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-5||+2.4||8-5||4.2||0.224||0.281||3.7||0.257||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||4-3||5.0||0.212||0.268||2.1||0.223||0.278|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-6||-2.2||7-5||3.3||0.237||0.330||4.1||0.252||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.3||5-2||4.0||0.236||0.335||5.0||0.260||0.338|
|4/12/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||0-2||L||135||7.5 un||U||2||4||0||6||3||0|
|4/13/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-8||L||155||7.5 un||O||4||4||1||10||3||0|
|4/14/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||4-3||W||145||8 ev||U||12||9||1||8||7||1|
|4/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||10-8||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||12||5||1||12||9||0|
|4/17/2013||LOHSE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||4-3||W||-125||8.5 un||U||9||7||0||6||5||1|
|4/18/2013||GALLARDO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||7-2||W||+100||7.5 un||O||8||2||1||7||7||0|
|4/19/2013||ESTRADA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||5-4||W||-110||7.5 un||O||7||2||0||10||5||1|
|4/20/2013||BURGOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||5-1||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||6||7||0||7||5||3|
|4/21/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 ev||U||3||3||1||5||6||2|
|4/22/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||7-1||W||-115||7 un||O||5||4||1||8||7||0|
|4/23/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||6-3||W||-125||7 ev||O||11||7||0||8||9||0|
|4/24/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||1-2||L||-115||7.5 un||U||7||7||2||5||5||0|
|4/26/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/2/2013||PERALTA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/12/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||0-3||L||-150||7.5 un||U||6||10||0||6||6||0|
|4/13/2013||RYU(L)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||7-5||W||115||8.5 ov||O||14||10||0||11||6||0|
|4/14/2013||BECKETT(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||0-1||L||110||9 ov||U||6||5||0||6||6||0|
|4/15/2013||BILLINGSLEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-6||L||-165||6.5 un||O||12||9||1||9||8||0|
|4/16/2013||CAPUANO(L)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||2-9||L||-175||7 ov||O||4||7||0||15||10||0|
|4/17/2013||KERSHAW(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-7||L||-255||6.5 un||O||10||14||1||13||12||0|
|4/20/2013||RYU(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||5-7||L||105||8.5 un||O||8||8||1||10||5||0|
|4/20/2013||BECKETT(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||1-6||L||115||8 un||U||6||8||2||8||6||0|
|4/21/2013||FIFE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ARRIETA(R)||7-4||W||120||9 un||O||8||9||0||10||7||0|
|4/23/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||7-2||W||-140||6.5 un||O||12||7||1||4||6||0|
|4/24/2013||LILLY(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||3-7||L||160||7 un||O||4||4||0||11||9||0|
|4/25/2013||RYU(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||3-2||W||-130||8 un||U||6||4||1||5||7||0|
|4/30/2013||RYU(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|LA DODGERS: HITTING: The Dodgers were ravaged with injuries in 2010 and finished in the bottom third in the majors in runs (4.00 per game), homers (117) and OPS (.697). None of these poor numbers were the fault of OF MATT KEMP, who finished second in MVP voting with a .324 BA, 39 HR, 126 RBI and 40 steals. He says he wants a 50-50 season in 2012. 1B JAMES LONEY had the second-most homers (12) of any returning player, and batted .357 with a .608 SLG after August 1. If speedy SS DEE GORDON learns to be more patient at the plate (7 BB in 224 AB), he could score 90 runs from the top of the order. OF ANDRE ETHIER made headlines with a 30-game hit streak, but was once again dominated by lefties (.563 OPS). The team is counting on two veterans to drive in runs. 3B JUAN URIBE has been a walking infirmary lately, but still has 15-HR power, and OF JUAN RIVERA had 46 RBI in 219 AB after coming to the Dodgers. Two guys named Ellis, 2B MARK ELLIS and C A.J. ELLIS, will bat at the bottom of the order. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Dodgers remain one of the better rotations in baseball, placing third in the majors in ERA (3.41) and fourth in opponents' BA (.242). The biggest reason for the success was the NL Cy Young and Triple Crown-winning performance of CLAYTON KERSHAW, who tied for the NL lead in wins (21) and topped all NL pitchers in ERA (2.28) and strikeouts (248). Fellow southpaw TED LILLY had a down year overall (12-14, 3.97 ERA), but had a fantastic final two months of the season (2.09 ERA, 0.93 WHIP). CHAD BILLINGSLEY notched his fifth straight season of double-digit wins, despite sporting a mediocre 4.21 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. AARON HARANG signed a two-year, $12M deal to join the Dodgers rotation. He won 14 games for the lowly Padres last year and finished with a career-best 3.64 ERA. CHRIS CAPUANO left the Mets for richer pastures (2-yr, $10M) of Los Angeles. Although he pitched well at spacious Citi Field (3.82 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), he was terrible on the road (5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP).
RELIEF PITCHING: Jonathan Broxton is gone, ending any kind of closer controversy the Dodgers may have been trying to avoid. JAVY GUERRA is the closer, and for good reason. He converted 21-of-23 save chances while posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and allowing just two homers in 46.2 innings. If Guerra falters, manager Don Mattingly can afford to have a short leash with KENLEY JANSEN as his set-up man. Jansen led the majors with an insane 16.1 K-per-9 ratio and limited opponents to a .159 BA and .228 slugging percentage. At age 24, his upside is extremely high. MATT GUERRIER is a usually reliable reliever, but he is coming off a subpar 2011 campaign (4.07 ERA, 1.27 WHIP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MILWAUKEE-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Dodgers Preview* =========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Milwaukee (11-9) at Los Angeles (9-11), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Only recently has the Los Angeles Dodgers' offense started coming around, though not soon enough to provide much support for Josh Beckett in any of his outings.
Los Angeles seeks a fourth victory in its last five tries Friday night in the opener of a three-game set against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, who have won nine of the last 11 meetings.
Since being acquired in a blockbuster deal with Boston in August, Beckett is 2-6 with a 3.57 ERA in 11 starts while receiving just 24 runs of support over 68 innings.
That includes a 0-3 mark with a 3.48 ERA this season as the Dodgers (10-11) have scored only six times in the 24 innings Beckett has pitched. He struck out nine and gave up the game's only run in the bottom of the ninth of a loss to Arizona on April 14 in his best start since coming to Los Angeles.
He's likely hoping for some offense from a Dodgers team that has scored 20 runs while winning three of its last four following a six-game skid.
Los Angeles entered Thursday's contest with the New York Mets hitting just .190 with runners in scoring position, but Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe had RBI singles in the top of the ninth of a 3-2 win.
Ethier had just two hits in his previous 22 at-bats prior to his tie-breaking single.
"Just hope to get `Dre turned in the right direction," manager Don Mattingly said.
He's likely hoping the same for Beckett, who had possibly his worst effort as a Dodger his last time out after allowing six runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-1 loss at Baltimore in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
The right-hander hasn't faced the Brewers since giving up six runs in an 11-7 loss while pitching for Boston on May 18, 2008, dropping him to 1-2 with an 8.84 ERA in four career starts against them.
Los Angeles hasn't had much luck lately against Milwaukee, either. This marks the first meeting since the Brewers swept a four-game series at Dodger Stadium from May 28-31.
Ryan Braun, who homered twice off Beckett the last time he faced Milwaukee, is only 2 for 19 in his last six versus the Dodgers, but he's hit safely in six of his last seven contests as the Brewers (11-9) have recovered from a slow start.
Milwaukee, though, had its nine-game winning streak snapped Wednesday with a 2-1 loss at San Diego. It had the tying run in scoring position when Martin Maldonado was ruled out for being struck with his own batted ball outside the batter's box to end the game.
"To go into the ninth getting people on base gives you hope," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Then you score a run and get really excited and then you end it in a goofy way."
Milwaukee looks to get back on track while giving the ball to Hiram Burgos, who is scheduled to make his second career start.
Burgos (1-0, 1.80) gave up one run and five hits in five innings of a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday and impressed catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
"He threw well and he definitely earned a second start right there," Lucroy told the team's official website. "He can throw strikes with all of his pitches, and that's a key point to being successful."
The Brewers haven't lost a road series to the Dodgers since dropping two of three from Aug. 15-17, 2008.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 10:35:08 AM EST|