Game 118, 2014

Dodgers at Brewers, 4:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN

The Dodgers try to bounce back from last night’s disappointment (Hernandez deserved better!), and what better way to do so than to put Zack Greinke (Ace 1B) out on the hill? This is rather startling: no matter who Greinke pitches for, his team wins when he pitches at Miller Park. Lifetime the Brewers, Angels and Royals are 25-2 with him on the mound in Milwaukee. Greinke is 12-7 with a 2.71 ERA this season, coming off a loss to the Angels in which he pitched seven innings with one bad one in the first.

His opponent will be Mike Fiers, who’ll make his first start of the year today. Fiers’ first full year in the majors was in 2012 with the Brewers when he made 22 starts and went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA. He spent most of 2013 in the minors. He may have been injured, as he only pitched 57 innings overall that season. In the minors this year he’s got 129 strikeouts against only 17 walks. His control would seem to be good.

Hanley Ramirez was scheduled to have an MRI on his side today after leaving the game in the first inning yesterday. As he’s not in today’s lineup, they’re being careful.


20 thoughts on “Game 118, 2014

  1. I guess we all had hopes for something better than Correia. Sounds like Barney is being called up to replace Hanley, that isn’t going to help our offense one bit. I doubt he produces any more runs than Rojas. If defense is all we’re worried about, why not call up the helmet thrower? That skill may come in handy in case we have a brawl…

    • Trouble is, other teams read the papers and internet too. They know how much you need a starter, so they raise their price for the good ones. Remember how Colletti said he was asked to give up at least two of the three top prospects for one of those top-of-the-line pitchers who moved elsewhere at the deadline.

    • Barney replaces Hanley on the roster, but can’t imagine him playing ahead of Rojas.

  2. Had a whole vent/rant about the lack of offense and I lost it (the note — but maybe also my mind!).
    The gist is the Dodgers are 6-6 since the last two games vs. the Braves but only 2 of the 12 were “quality” hitting games (4 or more runs) — I don’t count the one vs. the Cubs since that was extra innings.
    Both those “quality” games were vs. the Angels and the first included 2 runs the Angels threw away. The final game in Anaheim was terrific, the prototype of what we expected this year: hitting, pitching, defense, and relief.
    Unfortunately, that was followed by two humiliating games.
    So one take could be that even with 10 games of non-quality hitting, they were able to win 4.
    The other take is imagine what the race would look like if their offense was clicking!

  3. Again, not Zack s night. But it doesn’t help that the offense is once again MIA.

  4. Well, poky AGon seems to have found a way not to clog up the bases in front of Kemp.

    BTW, this is the freebie of the day, if anyone didn’t know.

  5. One week from tonight, I will attend my first game at Dodger Stadium since José Offerman was the starting shortstop.