The Brewers won yesterday’s game 3-0.
It was the second time in just four games in which the Dodgers have been shut out. No scoring took place until the top of the fifth inning when Milwaukee’s Orlando Arcia hit a two-run home run off of Josh Ravin to put the team up 2-0. After two more scoreless frames, the Brewers struck again, this time on an RBI double by Neil Walker, putting them up 3-0.
Brewers starter Zach Davies pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, walking none and striking out seven. Their relievers combined for two innings, allowing two hits and striking out five. Meanwhile, Dodgers former reliever turned starter Ross Stripling only made it three innings before getting pulled. In those three innings, he allowed just one hit, walked one, and struck out five.
Game 3 Starters – Jimmy Nelson (RHP) vs Yu Darvish (RHP)
Nelson comes into Sunday with a 3.79 ERA and 1.28 WHIP on the season. In his last three starts, the right-hander has pitched a combined 15 innings, giving up 15 earned runs on 26 hits while walking eight and striking out 17. In one game against the Dodgers this season Nelson was dominant, allowing zero runs and five hits in eight innings pitched, walking none and striking out 11.
Darvish has a 3.83 ERA and 1.16 WHIP on the season. His 9.87 K/9 is the second lowest it has been in his entire career. In his last three games since being acquired by the Dodgers, the right-hander has combined for 18 innings pitched, allowing five earned runs on 16 hits and striking out 22. His 2.50 ERA this month is his best month to date. This will be the first time the former Ranger has faced the Brewers all season.
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Who’s Hot, and Who’s Not
The only Milwaukee hitter batting over .300 over the course of the past week is Neil Walker, who is five for his last 16 with two doubles and two RBIs. The former Met is also the only Brewer batting over .300 in August besides Jonathan Villar. Walker has a .978 OPS on the month.
Ryan Braun is 2-23 in his last six games, with one walk and four strikeouts. The left fielder has just six hits in his last 10 games. Eric Thames is going through an especially cold streak, with only a single hit and seven strikeouts in his last 18 plate appearances. His batting average in August sits at .178, which is 60 points lower than his season rate.
Corey Seager is batting .357 in his last six games, going 10-28 with one run and two RBIs. Yasiel Puig has 10 hits in 25 at-bats over the course of the last week, including three doubles and two home runs. His average in August is up to .282 and his OPS is sitting at .969. The right fielder has a hit in eight of his last 10 games.
Justin Turner is cold and getting colder, gathering a mere three hits in his last 25 at-bats with no extra-base hits, dropping his August batting average down to .238. He has gone hitless in four out of his last ten games.
Curtis Granderson and Yasmani Grandal are a combined 8-45 in their last six games, with only four hits apiece, although they have five home runs between the two of them.
Prediction: Dodgers 3 – 2 Brewers
The Dodgers lineup has not been in top form as of late, and I think that’s what makes this game a close one. I expect Darvish to bring ace-calibre stuff against a similarly struggling Brewers lineup, and while Nelson hasn’t been great as of late, I can’t ignore how dominant he was in LA the last time he faced them. The Dodgers haven’t lost two games in a row since June 5 though, so it’s hard not to take them 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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