Dodgers @ Brewers Aug. 18, 2022: LA goes for series win behind Andrew Heaney

After a playoff-like game last night, the Dodgers will look to take 3-of-4 from the Brewers in the matinee matchup. But, it’s going to be tough.

Andrew Heaney gets the ball today for LA. He’ll be opposed by reigning NL Cy Young award winner Corbin Burnes.

When Heaney has been healthy, he’s been dominant: 1.16 ERA, 2.18 FIP, 24.6 K-BB%. However, that dominance has come in just 31 innings of work. With Walker Buehler out for the season, a healthy Heaney for October is essential.

Mookie Betts gets the day off with Burnes on the mound. Joey Gallo starts in right field in his stead. And after a couple days off, Cody Bellinger is back patrolling center field. Thankfully, the Dodgers have Max Muncy, who appears to be back.

That’ll play.

Similar names in the Brewers’ lineup today, with Andrew McCutchen in left field and Christian Yelich handling designated hitter duties.

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Looking ahead, the Dodgers aren’t going to miss NL Cy Young favorite Sandy Alcantara, but at least they’ll miss Edward Cabrera, who has been Heaney-esque since returning from the injured list.

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Lastly, I’m sure you’ve seen the video of Dodgers’ radio reporter David Vassegh, who fractured his wrist and ribs going down the slide in Milwaukee. Well, whoever in the PR department wrote the game notes is a savage.

And this is the hottest meme going around the last couple of days, and props to the Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett for coming up with this one.

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First pitch is at 11:10 a.m. Pacific time.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.