Another day, another showdown series for the Dodgers, who travel to Milwaukee to face the National League Central-leading Brewers. The Dodgers take a three-game winning streak and the best record (66-50) in the NL into Miller Park.
Roberto Hernandez makes his Dodgers debut one day after the Dodgers acquired him. The starting pitchers acquired midseason under general manager Ned Colletti have fared generally well in their Dodger debuts over the last eight years.
|Colletti midseason acquisitions in Dodgers debuts|
|Totals (7-3, 3.72 ERA, 1.163 WHIP in 11 starts)||65⅓||60||27||27||16||47|
|*made one relief appearance before start|
Hernandez has averaged 6⅔ innings over his last eight starts and is averaging 5.95 innings per start on the season. If he can average around six innings for the Dodgers, I'm sure they would be delighted with that.
Josh Beckett on the season averaged 5.78 innings per start, but had gone only 12 innings in his last three starts since coming off the disabled list. He hasn't recorded an out in the sixth inning since June 26, while Hernandez has lasted six or more innings in six of his last eight outings.
Among the active Brewers, Lyle Overbay has faced Hernandez the most, going 5-for-19 (.263) with a double and two walks against him. Gerardo Parra is 2-for-9 (.222), Carlos Gomez is 2-for-8 (.250) with a home run and a double. Aramis Ramirez is 3-for-6 (.500).
Hernandez has faced the Brewers twice this season, with 12 strikeouts and three walks in 13 innings with a 2.77 ERA. One of those starts was in Milwaukee, a win on July 9 in which Hernandez allowed one run in eight innings to beat Kyle Lohse, who starts Friday night for the Brewers.
Lohse is coming off his worst start of the year, allowing nine runs in four innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Saturday. He has had two blow-up starts this season, also allowing eight runs in five innings in Pittsburgh on June 6. Lohse allowed two home runs in each of those starts, but in between was 4-3 with a 2.76 ERA in nine starts, with only three home runs allowed in 58⅔ innings.
Time: 5:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA