Dodgers @ Brewers June 4, 2017: Kenta for the sweep

After an amazing comeback win yesterday, the Dodgers are going for a sweep of the first-place Brewers behind Kenta Maeda and his band of merry men.

Dodgers
Brewers
11:10 a.m.
Milwaukee
3B
Forsythe
2B
Sogard
SS
Seager
LF
Thames
CF
Literal MVP
1B
Aguilar
1B
González
3B
Shaw
LF
Bellinger
RF
Santana
C
Grandal
C
Pina
2B
Barnes CF Broxton
RF
Hernandez
SS
Arcia
P
Maeda (R)
P
Davies (R)

Maeda is coming of a “meh” outing against the Cardinals that saw him last just four innings. With Rich Hill doing that yesterday, it’d be nice for Maeda to go at least five innings, but hopefully more like six or seven. And it’d also be nice if the Dodgers scored a lot of runs because Kenley Jansen is truly unavailable today, which means it’s anyone’s guess who would get the call to close if it comes to it.

Also, the Brewers have struck out 40 times in this series so far (21 innings). That’s insane. Maeda has six strikeouts in his last two outings (nine innings), so he could be in line for some whiffs today.

Yasmani Grandal gets bumped down to the sixth spot after he has cooled off a bit (save the game-tying home run on Friday). Yasiel Puig is also getting the day off. The most interesting development with today’s lineup is Austin Barnes getting the start at second base. That’s fun because he’s a good player and it’s always nice to see good players get playing time.

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Yessss. The Dodgers, despite playing well in May and scoring runs, have missed Justin Turner. Hopefully his rehab assignment goes well and he comes back strong (and hits some dingers).

Brandon McCarthy had a blister on his finger after his last start. Seems like he’s OK. That’s good because before his start against the Cardinals, he was rolling.

And if you want to look ahead…

Appointment viewing after today.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.