Brewers @ Dodgers Aug. 27, 2017: Yu Darvish returns from DL

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

The Dodgers host the Brewers for the rubber game of this 3-game series — a position the Dodgers haven’t been in too frequently.

Brewers
Dodgers
1:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
2B
Nerd Power
CF
CT3
LF
Pan Blanco
SS
Seager
1B
Walker
3B
RedTurn2
3B
Mayor-DDC
LF
Grandyman
RF
Showmingo
C
YRG Jr.
C
I Believe
1B
El Titan
CF
Fla Boy 2B Logie Bear
SS
El  Niño
RF
Kiké
P
Big Sweat (R)
P
Yu-San (R)

They haven’t lost a series since June 5-7 against the Nationals. In that time, they’re 19-0-3, which is a great way to compile a .711 winning percentage this late into the season.

Yu Darvish makes his return to the mound today after 10 days on the disabled list with lower back tightness. Josh Fields took Darvish’s spot on the DL with, well, lower back tightness. It’s going to become the new “hamstring strain” for the Dodgers. Darvish has been pretty solid in his first three outings, but he was a little off in his last one (6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 K), so here’s hoping a break helps him get back to the guy we saw in his first two starts.

He’s taking on Jimmy Nelson, who is the unquestioned Brewers’ ace (even if Zach Davies has the Dodgers’ number this season). He held the Dodgers to no runs on five hits over eight innings back on June 2 in Milwaukee. Oh, and he struck out 11. He has legitimate swing-and-miss stuff, but he also is prone to giving up runs. Since that start against LA, Nelson has a 4.09 ERA, but just a 3.16 FIP and has struck out almost 22 percent of the hitters he has faced.

Nelson is good, and after the Dodgers’ bats didn’t show up last night, it looks a like a tall task to score off him. Luckily, most of the “A” team is in the lineup today. Yasiel Puig is getting the day off after making that incredible catch on a Domingo Santana fly ball last night. Enrique Hernandez is getting the start in his spot. The Dodgers don’t have many better options right now with Cody Bellinger out (but due back soon), but starting Hernandez against a guy with one of baseball’s best curveballs seems ill-advised. It seems unavoidable right now, unless you want to play Austin Barnes or Kyle Farmer in left field (which seems even more ill-advised).

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Joc Pederson has been playing exclusively left field with Oklahoma City, and that might be his future going forward.

Pederson has been one of baseball’s worst center fielders by defensive runs saved (-12), but I don’t think he’s that bad. Still, his long-term future has always been in a corner, and with Chris Taylor emerging offensively and defensively, perhaps that future is now.

With Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood due back next weekend in San Diego, this seems like a good way to ease them back in. I’d like Kershaw to be on a 5-day turn by the end of the season, though.

The Diamondbacks have their best lined up against the Dodgers’ not-best. Still, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenta Maeda are a formidable trio for the almost meaningless division clash in Phoenix starting Tuesday.

And since the OKC game started before the Dodger game last night…

I am excite for his return.

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.