Dodgers @ Brewers August 8, 2014: Get Used To Seeing The Brewers

I think I’m already sick of talking about Roberto Hernandez, and he hasn’t even thrown a pitch for the Dodgers yet.

Dodgers
Brewers
5:10 p.m. PT
Milwaukee, Wi.
2B
Gordon
CF
Gomez
CF
Puig
LF
Parra
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Braun
SS
Ramirez
3B
Ramirez
RF
Kemp
2B
Gennett
LF
Crawford
1B
Overbay
3B
Uribe
C
Maldonado
C
Butera
SS
Herrera
P
Hernandez
P
Lohse

Tonight, Hernandez becomes the 41st Dodger to wear the uniform this season — no, we aren’t getting close to the record, which is 55 by the wartime 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers, and 53 in 1998 if you only want the Los Angeles era — and the ninth starting pitcher, including one game apiece from Stephen Fife and Red Patterson. He’s actually faced these Brewers twice this year:

  • Apr. 9 vs MIL: 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 K, 1 BB, 7 H
  • July 9 @ MIL: 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, 3 H

Those… are some weird lines. The 9/1 K/BB game was worse than the 3/2 K/BB game. Sure, why not. Anyway, expect a ton of sinkers — not-Fausto throws it early 60 percent of the time — along with a change, a slider, and a rarely-used fastball, along with tons of complaining about Zach Lee and Chris Reed if Hernandez doesn’t throw 11 no-hitters tonight.

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Anyway, the Brewers! The Dodgers haven’t seen them set this season, yet play six of the next 10 against them, basically making it a home-and-home with a trip to Atlanta in the middle. The Brewers have been one of the most surprising clubs of the season, somehow sticking in first place all year long, though both St. Louis and Pittsburgh are within 1.5 games. (And despite writing their lineup card in Comic Sans, which, gross.)

You’ll notice a few things about that lineup, there. One is that Carlos Gomez never ever seems to get the credit he deserves as one of the best players in baseball; another is that MVP candidate Jonathan Lucroy has the night off. Yes, that is old enemy Gerardo Parra playing left field; yes, that is the Elian Herrera getting a start at shortstop. He’ll now have more starts in August than Andre Ethier. Lord, that’s sad.

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