Preview: Dodgers at Brewers

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GAME: Los Angeles Dodgers (43-36) at Milwaukee Brewers (34-42)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, June 29 - 8:10 PM EST
WHERE: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


Adrian Gonzalez requested a second straight day out of the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting lineup on Monday, and the mental break appears to have been a success. Gonzalez returned to his starting role and went 3-for-3 with a walk while scoring twice in the series opener and attempts to build on the outing when the Dodgers visit the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

While Gonzalez may be regaining his swing, the Dodgers are experiencing rotation problems, and the situation could be on the verge of getting worse as three-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday to have his sore lower back examined. The lack of healthy starting pitchers will prompt the Dodgers to recall Brock Stewart on Wednesday as the virtually unknown rookie will be making his major-league debut. Los Angeles has won eight of its last 11 games after Tuesday's 6-5 victory, while Milwaukee has dropped nine of its last 13 contests. Ryan Braun recorded a two-run double in the opener and is 15-for-37 during his nine-game hitting streak.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Brock Stewart (NR) vs. Brewers RH Junior Guerra (4-1, 3.67 ERA)

Stewart is being promoted due to the severe starter shortage, and manager Dave Roberts admitted he never has met the 24-year-old nor seen him pitch. Stewart is rated as the club's 26th-best prospect and has a combined minor-league record of 8-3 with a 1.47 ERA as he opened the season at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga (two starts) before being moved up to Double-A Tulsa (nine) and Triple-A Oklahoma City (three). "For us, it was the best option we had at this point and time," Roberts told reporters. "He gives us the best chance to win. He's the best of what we have."

Guerra is coming off a strong performance in which he struck out eight while giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings while defeating Oakland on June 22. He received a no-decision against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on June 16, when he was touched for five runs and five hits in 5 1/3 frames. Guerra has performed well at home, where he is 3-1 with a 3.09 ERA in five turns this season.

WALK-OFFS

1. Los Angeles CF Joc Pederson (shoulder) departed in the eighth inning on Tuesday after smacking into the fence while making a terrific catch but X-rays were negative.

2. Milwaukee designated OF Alex Presley for assignment and purchased the contract of INF/OF Jake Elmore from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

3. Los Angeles SS Corey Seager is batting .422 with seven doubles, one triple and one homer during his 11-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 6, Brewers 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Dodgers 43-36 W2 23-15 20-21 12-8 11-8 16-15 4-5
Milwaukee 34-42 L2 21-19 13-23 12-14 9-12 4-11 9-5

Last Meeting

LA Dodgers Milwaukee
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/28/16 LAD 6 MIL 5 .316 0 .830 .143 0 .574

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LAD J. Turner .500 7 1.643
MIL R. Braun .381 8 1.101
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LAD J. Turner 3 4 7
MIL A. Hill 1 5 1
Pitching ERA Avg K
LAD 4.11 .291 54
MIL 5.11 .254 38
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LAD C. Seager .297 90 .888
MIL R. Braun .322 78 .921
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LAD C. Seager 16 51 38
MIL C. Carter 19 36 48
Pitching ERA Avg K
LAD 3.45 .237 726
MIL 4.52 .248 559

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

LA Dodgers Overall Milwaukee
43-36 W/L 34-42
36-43 RL W/L 39-37
32-44-3 O/U 39-33-4
4.18 Runs For 4.07
3.65 Runs Against 4.82
LA Dodgers A/H Milwaukee
20-21 W/L 21-19
20-21 RL W/L 21-19
21-17-3 O/U 20-17-3
4.56 Runs For 4.38
4.22 Runs Against 4.60
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