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Game Preview: Dodgers Return Home for the First Time in Second Half



Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers

Time: 7:10 PM PT

Venue: Dodger Stadium

Milwaukee Record: 61-46

Los Angeles Record: 61-47

How are the Dodgers Doing?

The Dodgers came one strike away from being no-hit for the 20th time in franchise history. A Chris Taylor base hit prevented Sean Newcomb from throwing a no-hitter, but the Braves still won 4-1 on Sunday. The Dodgers have won six out of 10 games in the second half of the season.

Why is this Game Important?

Manny Machado will finally play his first home game as a Dodger. Since joining the team, the four-time all-star is batting .302 with a home run in 10 games.

The Dodgers are also towards the back end of their 17 straight games coming off the All Star break. They will play four games against the Brewers and three more against the Astros before their first day off of the second half. The Rockies and Diamondbacks remain within a game behind the Dodgers. Colorado also owns a 16-5 record in July.

Pitching Matchup

Kenta Maeda (7-5, 3.27 ERA) vs Freddy Peralta (4-2, 3.74 ERA)

Kenta Maeda threw the ball well through the first six innings of his last start in Philadelphia. He struggled in the seventh inning, allowing three runs, as he wound up with a no-decision. The Japanese hurler leads the Dodgers in strikeouts with 115 for the season.

The Brewers will try their hand with rookie Freddy Peralta. Command has been Peralta’s issue this season, walking 22 batters in 43.1 innings. He lost his last start after allowing seven runs against the Nationals.

Matchup of the Day

Joc Pederson vs Freddy Peralta

With a righty on the mound for the Brewers, Joc Pederson should find his way back in the lineup. All 14 of Pederson’s home runs this year have come against right handed pitching and he is batting .282 since the beginning of June.

Vegas Odds

Odds Sharks

Los Angeles: -160

Milwaukee: +150

FiveThirtyEight

Los Angeles: 59% chance of winning

Milwaukee: 41% chance of winning

Fun Fact

The Dodgers have not lost a game in which Joc Pederson has hit a home run since September 28, 2016.

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Written by Arthur Cribbs

Arthur Cribbs is a journalism student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan and when he is not at school, he resides in Los Angeles.

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