When the Dodgers left Miller Park last Sunday, the Brewers had lost eight of their last nine to fall from a 1.5-game lead to a 3.5-game deficit to the Cubs in the NL Central. The Brew Crew has since reeled off five wins in the last seven to keep themselves ahead of the Diamondbacks for the top wild card spot.
Coming out of the All-Star Break, the Dodgers stared down a tough 10-game road trip in Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Atlanta, winning six of the 10 against potential playoff teams. The schedule doesn't get easier for the Dodgers as they host the Brewers and Astros this week.
Manny Machado will be making his home debut Monday for the Dodgers after they acquired him back on July 18. The 26-year-old is 13-for-43 (.302) with a homer, triple, double and four RBI.
This could be the final week of a six-man rotation for the Dodgers and they expect Justin Turner to be activated at some point in the next few days. It could be a big week for roster moves if the team makes a trade before the non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday.
With Machado playing his first home game with the Dodgers Monday, Alex Wood bobblehead night on Tuesday and $1 Dodger Dog night Wednesday, there are plenty of reasons to get to the ballpark. Get your tickets for this homestand through our friends over at StubHub.
These pitching matchups are subject to change but here are the probable pitching matchups.
Monday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, ESPN*)
The Phillies snapped a nine-game streak for Kenta Maeda Tuesday of holding opponents to three runs or less, scoring four in seven innings against the right-hander. Maeda has struck out 74 in his last 62 1⁄3 innings of work.
Freddy Peralta has been touched up for 14 runs in 20 2⁄3 innings (6.10 ERA) in four July starts.
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network*)
Walker Buehler could be pitching for his spot in the rotation after an inconsistent return over the last three appearances since returning from a June DL stint. Although, that’s mostly due to the poor way the young starter was brought back in the first place.
Wade Miley held the Dodgers to just one unearned run July 20 over six innings. The Dodgers would go on to win the game by the score of 6-4.
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network*)
Rich Hill has been a completely different pitcher since returning from the DL June 19. In eight games (seven starts) since, the lefty owns a 2.47 ERA with 52 strikeouts against 12 walks. Hill allowed one run in six innings against the Brewers July 20.
Chase Anderson lasted just four innings, giving up two runs against the Dodgers July 21 in a game eventually won by the Brewers.
Thursday, 6:00 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw is coming off one of his best starts this year, coming within an out of going eight innings against the Braves. Kershaw continues to be more like himself, getting stronger as he gets further from a DL stint for a bad back.
Jhoulys Chacin has been a steady force in the Brewers rotation in 2018. The right-hander is 10-3 with a 3.45 ERA, limiting opponents to three or less runs in 16 off his 23 starts.