The Dodgers open up a 10-game road trip on Monday night in Milwaukee, where they will have their hands full with the Brewers. Milwaukee is the hottest team in baseball, with 16 wins in their last 18 games, and have built a five-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central. The Brewers are an MLB-best 44-15 at home this season, and they have won 15 of their last 17 games at Miller Park.
Ted Lilly takes the mound, which seems like a scary thought against a team that has 75 home runs in 59 home games this season. However, Lilly has pitched well in his last two starts, allowing three total runs in 14 innings, with two walks and 12 strikeouts. Lilly is 4-1 in seven career starts at Miller Park, with a 2.84 ERA, eight walks and 33 strikeouts in 44 innings. He has six straight quality starts in Milwaukee, dating back to 2008, allowing eight total runs during that span.
Old friend Randy Wolf gets the call for the Brewers, looking for his fourth straight win. He faced the Dodgers once earlier this season, allowing two runs but taking the loss on May 17 at Dodger Stadium. Since singing a three-year contract with Milwaukee prior to the 2010 season, Wolf has lost both starts against the Dodgers.
- On the day of the deadline to sign 2011 draft picks, the Dodgers have reached an agreement with fourth round draft pick Ryan O'Sullivan, a right-handed pitcher out of Oklahoma City University, per Tony Jackson of ESPN LA via Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts. The Dodgers have signed their top nine picks and 28 picks overall.
- Over the next four weeks, the Dodgers play 21 road games and six home games.
- The Dodgers have not lost a series in Milwaukee since 2007, and they have won eight of their last 10 road games against the Brewers. The Dodgers are 19-10 at Miller Park since it opened in 2001.
- Juan Rivera has five hits in 14 career at-bats against Wolf, including a double and a home run, hitting .357/.400/.643
- Ryan Braun has three doubles and two home runs in 26 plate appearances in his career against Lilly, hitting .360/.385/.720
Game Time: 5:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket