Los Angeles won last night’s game 3-1.
Friday was a real pitcher’s duel, with neither team’s lineup having a true big inning. The Brewers struck first in the top of the second on a solo home run by Domingo Santana, the outfielder’s 21st of the season. This was the only hit LA starter Kenta Maeda allowed in his six innings of work. The righty struck out seven and walked two.
The Dodgers tied the game up in the bottom of the fourth with a solo shot by Logan Forsythe. An RBI single by Yasmani Grandal in the fifth gave them the lead, and a home run by Yasiel Puig in the sixth fortified the lead even further. Los Angeles’ bullpen combined for three innings of no-hit ball with one walk and four strikeouts.
Game 2 Starters – Zach Davies (RHP) vs Ross Stripling (RHP)
Davies holds a 4.09 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 149.2 innings in 2017. In his three most recent starts the right-hander has pitched a combined 18.1 innings, allowing seven earned runs on 23 hits, striking out ten and walking just one. In one start against LA this season Davies went six scoreless innings giving up three hits and striking out six.
Ross Stripling comes into the weekend with a 3.41 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 35 games, although all of those games have been in relief. The LA righty has not made an actual start since last season when he started 14 games and held a 3.96 ERA. He has pitched ten innings so far in August and holds a 3.60 ERA with 11 strikeouts and one walk. He has faced the Brewers twice this season in back-to-back games, combining for two innings pitched and zero runs on two hits.
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Who’s Hot, and Who’s Not
Aside from Jonathan Villar, Ryan Braun is the only Brewers hitter batting over .300 in August with at least 40 at-bats. He has six doubles, one triple, and a home run in 20 games. Neil Walker has been superb in his limited time in Milwaukee, batting .375 in ten games with a double and a home run.
In his last six games, Keon Broxton is 4-19 with six strikeouts and no extra-base hits. His struggles come in the midst of what has been a relatively good month for the center fielder. Orlando Arcia is having an especially tough time at the plate right now with just two hits and five strikeouts in his last eight games.
Yasiel Puig is now hitting .375 in his last seven games. He has two doubles and two home runs during this span and has scored five times. Corey Seager is 10-28 in his last six, which is good for a .357 batting average, although all of those hits have been singles. Logan Forsythe’s OBP in August is up to .429 as of today. He has 16 walks and 14 hits in 19 games.
Justin Turner’s struggles continue as he is 4-24 in his last six games with zero hits for extra bases. At .250, his batting average in August is now over 80 points below his season average. Curtis Granderson has more strikeouts than hits in his last 30 plate appearances, with six and four, respectively. Three of those four hits have been for home runs though.
Prediction: Dodgers 5 – 4 Brewers
I think the Dodgers end up winning this one, but it could be a close game. The Brewers will put a fairly known quantity in Davies out on the mound, however, there is no telling exactly how the Dodgers’ Stripling will fare in his first start of the season. The right-hander has been strong out of the bullpen, but he is also the holder of a 4.75 ERA against right-handed hitters, of which the Brewers have six in their lineup. With a toss-up in the pitching matchup, I have to take the better offense in this one.
Where to Watch
Today’s game will be broadcast on FSWI and SNLA, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers.
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