The Milwaukee Brewers are coming off of a disappointing series against Mike Trout and the Angels and are looking to return to their winning ways with a weekend series against the L.A. Dodgers.
The Dodgers are also coming off of a rough series against the St. Louis Cardinals. They were shutout on Tuesday in a 4-0 loss.
Who’s on the mound?
The Milwaukee Brewers are expected to start Corbin Burnes on Friday. Burnes has pitched 10 innings this season and has given up 11 earned runs in his two appearances. He earned a loss in the beat down by the Cubs last Saturday. Burnes is sitting on a 9.90 ERA with 18 strikeouts. He’ll need to have a stronger performance Friday if the Brewers want to pull out a win in game one of this series.
The Dodgers are expected to start left-hander Julio Urias. In his 8 2/3 innings pitched, he has a 3.12 ERA and nine strikeouts. Urias only had three appearances for the Dodgers in 2018 and the Brewers have performed well this season against inexperienced pitching.
Zach Davies is expected to start Saturday. Davies is coming off a dominant performance last Sunday against the Cubs. At the moment, there isn’t an anticipated starter for the Dodgers. Hyun-Jin Ryu started after Urias in the last rotation, but he was recently added to the injured list.
On Sunday, the Brewers will be back through the rotation again with Opening Day starter Jhoulys Chacin looking to earn his third win of the season. Ross Stripling may start for the Dodgers, but once again an anticipated pitcher has not been determined.
Why is this series special?
This series has another level of significance. It is the first match up between these two teams since the NLCS last season. The Los Angeles Dodgers knocked the Milwaukee Brewers out of the postseason in Game 7 before going on to lose the World Series to the Boston Red Sox.
Facing off against the team that knocked the Brewers out of the playoffs is a clear test for their resolve. The Brewers will try to establish NL dominance in this series.
The Brewers will look for revenge starting at 9:10 PM Milwaukee time on Friday.