Milwaukee (30-36) at LA Dodgers (35-32)
When: Thursday, June 16th 2016
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 10:10 ET | TV: FSN Wisconsin, SportsNet LA
The Milwaukee Brewers continue their West Coast swing when they start a four-game set in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Thursday. Milwaukee started their nine-game road trip with three losses in San Francisco and were outscored 24-8 in the process. The Brewers are still just 5.5 games out of the Wild Card, but they need to start winning on the road (11-19). Los Angeles finds itself six games behind the Giants in the NL West after posting back-to-back victories over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers could use first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to get going again. He is hitting only .149 in June with one homer in 47 at-bats. Los Angeles SS Corey Seager is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts over the past two games, while Brewers shortstop Jonathan Villar went 5-for-11 in the series against the Giants to raise his batting average to .300. Dodgers RHP Kenley Jansen’s save in Wednesday’s win over Arizona was his 161st, tying the franchise mark set by Eric Gagne. Milwaukee LF Ryan Braun will be back in the lineup after a day off on Wednesday, and he is just 4-for-29 over his last seven games.
Pitchers: Brewers – Junior Guerra (3-1, 3.31 ERA) | Dodgers – Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.52)
Junior Guerra will get the ball for Milwaukee and he could really use a little run support. Guerra has been keeping the Brewers in games with a 2.63 ERA over his last four starts, but hasn’t picked up a win in that stretch. He received a no-decision against the New York Mets on Friday when he gave up one run and five hits in 6.2 innings. Guerra has allowed five or fewer hits in five of his eight stats and is holding opponents to a .230 batting average.
Scott Kazmir has been terrific lately for Los Angeles after a rough start to the season. He is 3-0 over his last six starts and hasn’t suffered a loss since May 9th. The lefty lasted just five innings in his last turn against San Francisco as he issued five walks and gave up three runs and as many hits in five innings. Kazmir will be making his 285th career start, but his first ever against Milwaukee.
Kazmir is going to shutdown this Brewers team tonight and they will score enough runs against Guerra to cover the runline. Milwaukee’s bullpen was heavily used in San Francisco.
Pick: Dodgers -1.5 +130