Clayton Kershaw looks to continue his amazing run of great pitching for the Dodgers tonight against the Brewers. On the season, Kershaw has improved to a 2.76 ERA, 3.28 FIP, and 4.23 x-FIP. If he can pitch anything like he did his last time out, the Brewers will be in trouble tonight.
Since May 1, Kershaw has given up 21 runs in 17 starts, and is 8-3 with an MLB-best 1.81 ERA over that span. At home this season, Kershaw has given up 13 runs in 11 starts, and has a 1.75 ERA.
Manny Ramirez isn't the only Manny struggling right now. Manny Parra, tonight's starting pitcher for Milwaukee, has allowed 43 runs (42 earned) in his last 45.1 innings, and has a 6.50 ERA on the season. He has been a bit unlucky, as his FIP (4.59) and x-FIP (4.77) are much lower than his ERA. On the season, opposing batters are hitting .301/.390/.466 against Parra.
Doug Mientkiewicz worked out for the Dodgers' training staff at Dodger Stadium today, but it didn't go well. Per Mientkiewicz's Tweet:
Nope. I'm not ready yet. I felt a pop. It's better than it was 2 weeks ago but no there needless to say I'm crushed thanks for all ursupport
With an RBI groundout against the Padres on Sunday, Brewers' first baseman Prince Fielder took over the MLB lead with 93 runs batted in.
Corey Hart, who had an emergency appendectomy in San Diego last night, will miss a month for the Brewers, per the Pierce County Herald. Bill Hall has been recalled from AAA Nashville to take Hart's place on the roster.
The Dodgers took two of three in Milwaukee just before the All-Star break:
July 10: Dodgers 12, Brewers 8 (10 innings)
July 11: Brewers 6, Dodgers 3
July 12: Dodgers 7, Brewers 4
Tuesday, 7:10pm: Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 3.54 FIP) vs. Yovani Gallardo (10-7, 3.85 FIP)
Wednesday, 7:10pm: Jason Schmidt (2-1, 5.33 FIP) vs. Braden Looper (9-5, 5.79 FIP)
Get your guesses in for "Just A Bit Outside" here.
Game Time: 7:10pm
TV: Prime Ticket
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Here are pictures of the Manny Ramirez Bobblehead #2, to be given out on September 16 (a Wednesday day game against the Pirates), courtesy of the Dodgers: