Game Preview - Brewers v Dodgers
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Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California Attendance: 44,818
Brewers hopeful Miley can continue success vs. Dodgers
Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers
- While the Dodgers pitching staff holds the lowest ERA in the National League (3.48), the Brewers are holding opponents to a lower batting average (.231) than the Dodgers (.233). The Dodgers pitching staff joins the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees as the only teams with over 1000 pitching strikeouts; the Dodgers rank fourth with 1020.
- The Dodgers hit .315 and outscored the Brewers 19-10 during the first three-game set these teams played in 2018, coming right after the All-Star break. Since last season, the Brewers have scored just 3.2 runs per game in nine games against the Dodgers.
- Christian Yelich has 11 multi-hit games during his 13-game hitting streak and is hitting .519 (28-for-54) with a 1.488 OPS in that span. His .320 batting average currently leads the National League (batting qualifiers).
- Yasmani Grandal has posted a 1.245 OPS thus far in July; the only two catchers to ever beat that mark in July are Hall of Famers Mike Piazza (July 2001, 1.268) and Gabby Hartnett (July 1925, 1.292) (minimum 75 PA).
- In eight career starts, Freddy Peralta is holding opponents to a .150 batting average. That is the third-lowest opponent average through eight career starts in the live-ball era (2018 Ryne Stanek, .103; 1970 Wayne Simpson, .138).
- Kenta Maeda has made four career starts against the Brewers and amassed a 2-1 record while throwing 22.1 innings, allowing just five runs and striking out 28. His 2.01 ERA versus Milwaukee is the fourth-lowest among active pitchers and .158 opponent average ranks second (minimum four starts).
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers remain confident that Walker Buehler will look more like the rookie pitcher that dominated early in the season when he takes the mound Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
There appears to be far less speculation from the Brewers on what they will get out of left-hander Wade Miley, who is 3-0 in six career starts at Dodger Stadium with a 2.41 ERA.
The Dodgers are still waiting for Buehler to round back to form after the young right-hander spent essentially a month away from the club because of a microfracture in his right rib cage. The injury occurred when he was hit by a line drive in June.
Buehler did pitch an inning with the Dodgers on June 28 against the Chicago Cubs, but struggled in what was essentially a rehab outing on the major league level. He was immediately sent to Class A Rancho Cucamonga to get back on track.
His two starts since returning have yielded mixed results. He held the Los Angeles Angels to two runs over five innings on July 13, but the Philadelphia Phillies scored five runs off him in 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday. The five runs matched a season high.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler never recovered in that outing from a 13-pitch opening at-bat against the Phillies' Andrew Knapp.
"I thought Walker still pitched well," Roberts said. "Do I expect him to be even better this time out? Absolutely."
There is something about facing the Dodgers that seems to inspire Miley. Not only has he pitched well at Dodger Stadium, but he held the Dodgers to one unearned run over six innings on July 20 at Milwaukee.
Miley gave up two runs over five innings in a Brewers victory at San Francisco on Thursday.
Slugging Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar was given the day off Monday in a nod to his recent struggles but is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday. Aguilar has just six hits over his last 47 at-bats.
Aguilar was second in the National League in slugging percentage at .582 at the start of play Monday.
"I've already passed (this test) before," Aguilar said, according to MLB.com. "Being in Triple-A for three years, it was tough. It kind of you prepares you for things. ... Baseball is up and down, and right now I'm a little bit down. But we're winning games, and that's the most important thing. Now we've got to keep pushing."
The Brewers' offense has been led of late by Los Angeles-area native Christian Yelich, who is the most recent National League player of the week after going 15-for-29 in the seven games before Monday. He extended his hit streak to 14 games with a double in the first inning Monday as the Brewers earned a 5-2 victory.
Manny Machado made his home debut Monday at Dodger Stadium and L.A.'s newest superstar was greeted with a power outage and a 23-minute delay after just one inning. Machado, who made his Dodgers debut last week at Milwaukee, homered in the Dodgers' defeat.
Updated July 31, 2018