Aug 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) throws in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Nelson Counters Greinke in Series Opener

The Dodgers return home from a very successful 6-3 road trip to open up a nine game home stand. They’ll kick that off with a three game series against the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers played three games at Miller Park on the road trip, and lost two out of three to the Brew Crew.

Tonight the Dodgers will give the ball to Zack Greinke, who is looking to snap his winless streak against his former teams. It seems like Greinke has issues beating his former clubs. If you remember he lost to Kansas City back on June 23. And he is now winless in seven starts against the Brewers. This includes a 4-1 loss back on August 9 at Miller Park.

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers Lineup vs. Milwaukee

Gordon 2B
Puig CF
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp RF
Crawford LF
Uribe 3B
Ellis C
Rojas SS
Greinke P

Jimmy Nelson-2-3 vs. Zack Greinke-12-8

It raises the questions about his former club possibly knowing what he throws. I mean after all, some of those guys that he played with are still with the Brewers. Not to mention Greinke has been struggling a bit. He’s lost four of his last six decisions, which includes losses to the Angels and Brewers in which he allowed five runs, and four runs respectively. Since June 1, Greinke has won just four out of eleven decisions.

Still Greinke is one of the best pitchers in all of Baseball. I don’t worry about Greinke very often. All total Greinke is 12-8 with a 2.84 ERA in 24 starts. Greinke has 164 whiffs against just 30 walks, for nearly as 6-1 strikeout to walk ratio.

Greinke has a 6.75 ERA against the Brewers. However Greinke is usually dynamite at Dodger Stadium. The feathered right hander is 15-4 with a 2.31 ERA lifetime at Chavez Ravine.

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Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As you can see, the Brewers are batting .310 (35 for 113) with six home runs against Greinke. For some unknown reason Lyle Overbay gives him a lot of trouble. Overbay is hitting .346 (9 for 26) with three home runs against Greinke. Carlos Gomez, Mark Reynolds, and Khris Davis have all gone deep off of Greinke in the past.  Milwaukee will counter with rookie right hander Jimmy Nelson. We saw the 25-year old Klamath Falls native in the series at Miller Park on the last road trip. Nelson took the loss to the Dodgers back on August 10, when he gave up just two earned runs on eight hits over six frames. Nelson has made just six starts this season. He is 2-3 with a 4.00 ERA, and 30 whiffs in 36 innings pitched.

The Dodgers are awaiting word on Hyun-jin Ryu’s strained glute. The club is supposed to be giving him an MRI as he goes to visit the doctor. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. The Dodgers feel he may miss a start, but otherwise it should not land him on the DL. We’ll keep you informed. Needless to say this is a big pain in the butt for the Dodgers. No pun intended. Ok ok, pun intended.

Currently the Dodgers have the best record in the National League at 70-53. They have a 5.5 game lead over the Giants in the NL West. The Giants are at home tonight playing Philadelphia.

The Dodgers will also be unveiling a new culinary delight this weekend with the Brewers in town. A bratwurst with sauerkraut and brown mustard.

Let’s hope this weekend set goes down smooth and easy. Otherwise I may have to reach for my Mylanta.

Game Time – 7:10 PM

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