The Dodgers punted away another game on Wednesday with a 7-0 loss to the Brewers in the second game of the series at Miller Park. Brock Stewart wasn’t as bad as you would think, but still got pummeled for five runs on eight hits over 5 frames. However he did whiff 7 and other than that one bad inning where he allowed those 5 runs, (giving up a home run to Ryan Braun is certainly no shame), he looked pretty decent. I would like to see him take another turn at the least. It’s not like the Dodgers have anyone else.
Ultimately his start was meaningless because the Dodger offense folded up like a lawn chair as it has done on so many nights. The Dodgers tallied two measly hits all game off of Junior Guerra and the Milwaukee bullpen. Quite pathetic honestly. To be fair the entire club is hurt. Kike Hernandez was placed on the DL with rib cage inflammation. Although he’s sucked so much this year that I think it’s more like batting average inflammation more than anything.
Joc Pederson is still out after suffering an AC joint bruise crashing into the wall and may need a disabled list trip. Yasiel Puig is now hurt as well as he himself crashed into the wall at Miller Park while chasing down what was a home run allowed by bullpen torch Chris Hatcher in yesterday’s loss. We didn’t even get any news about Clayton Kershaw’s back and he is due to start on Friday evening against Colorado. Everyone is fearing the worst right now, and I’m starting to panic a little myself. Somehow, miraculously the Dodgers are still atop the wild card standings with a 43-37 record. They even gained two games on the Giants and are 6 games behind in the NL West.
Game Time – 11:10 AM – TV- SNLA
Today the Dodgers will finish up their series with the Brewers and then head home to spend the rest of the first half at Chavez Ravine until the all-star break. The boys in blue will play a ten-game home stand which sees them face Colorado, Baltimore, and San Diego. The Dodgers are 23-15 at home, and 20-22 on the road.
Kenta Maeda will head to the mound in the rubber game. Maeda is 6-5 with a 2.91 ERA in 15 starts. He’s whiffed 83 and walked 26 in 83.2 innings pitched and he’s posted a 3.45 FIP. Maeda took the loss in his last start when he was knocked out of the box in the sixth inning by the Pirates. He faced Milwaukee back on June 18 at Dodger Stadium. In that start he allowed just one earned run over six innings and picked up a no-decision. He did strike out eight Brewers in that game though.
Maeda vs. Brewers
The Brewers will counter with 23-year old right hander Zach Davies. He was acquired by the Brewers from the Orioles in the Gerardo Parra trade. He’s actually been pretty solid. He’s in his second MLB season and is posting a 5-3 record with a 3.74 ERA/3.99 FIP. He’s tossed 74.2 innings pitched and struck out 65 while walking 21. He’s posted a 1.179 WHIP and struck out 7.8 per nine innings.
According to the scouting reports Davies’ best pitch is his changeup, but he mixes in his slider and a late 80’s to early 90’s fastball. He uses his changeup often. He’s listed as 6’0 155, and is originally from Washington State. He earned a no-decision against the Dodgers back on June 17 when he tossed seven innings of one-run ball striking out six. This is his second career start against the Dodgers.
Davies vs. Dodgers
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The game will be going on but nobody will be able to concentrate on it with Clayton Kershaw’s stats up in the air. It’s kind of cruel for the Dodgers not to announce anything right now, because we’re all kind of freaking out. The wait makes me think it’s something very serious, possibly season ending. My best guess is it’s a bulging disc, or pinched nerve, requiring several weeks of rest. I hope to god I’m wrong. We may find out tomorrow afternoon after the game. I won’t be around, because I’ll be at work as usual. The Dodgers are talking with the Rays about acquiring 26-year old Nicaraguan Erasmo Ramirez to use as a swingman. His stats don’t look very appealing to me and I had barely heard of him. It seems as though this front office continues to be allergic to acquiring impact players.
In other news, the rumors are true. I will be meeting Mark Timmons for a drink next week and talking baseball, Dodgers, and possibly all of you. I jest of course, but expect a follow up article, maybe with a few pics of yours truly (the negative downer) with the butt kisser. Stay tuned for that!
Oh and please try and behave in the chat boards. Just conduct yourself in an adult manner is all I ask for. Just keep the lewdness to a minimum. Thanks.