Another chance to win our second game on the road trip.
3 game series vs Dodgers @ Dodger Stadium
|Wed 05/05||9:10 PM CDT|
|Thu 05/06||9:10 PM CDT|
Check out Noah's series preview, then follow the jump for tonight's pitching matchup, lineups and more!
B-Ref says Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 3.07 in 2010) is called "The Claw." I've never heard that before, but I like it. He's having a pretty good season for a guy who leads the NL in walks (with 22). He's been very good lately, allowing five runs on 15 hits over his last 19.1 innings (3 outings), striking out 22. He also throws a lot of pitches: At least 109 in each of his first five starts, which probably isn't good for a guy who just turned 22 in March.
FanGraphs has his fastball at an average velocity of 93 mph, and he also mixes in a slider and curve. All three have been above average over the course of his career, with his slider worth +1.70 runs per 100 attempts and his fastball and curve worth +.075 and +.094, respectively. This year, only the slider (+2.87) is above average. No Brewer has faced him ten times, but Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder have each seen him nine: Braun is 3-for-9 with three singles, and Fielder is 1-for-7 with two walks.
They'll face off against Chris Narveson (1-0, 6.60 this season), making his second start. Last time out he recovered from a rough start to allow three runs on five hits in five innings, walking two and striking out six. At one point during that outing he retired 13 straight batters. He also threw 102 pitches (on 3 days rest), the most he's ever thrown in a major league game.
FanGraphs has his fastball at 89.2 mph, but he relies heavily on a slider, curveball and changeup, which account for roughly 53% of his pitches. This season the slider (+2.03 runs per 100) and change (+0.59) have been above average, and his fastball (-5.27) has been one to avoid. Tonight he's facing the Dodgers for the first time.
Via Adam McCalvy, here's tonight's lineup:
Meanwhile, no one pitched yesterday, so the bullpen is pretty fresh:
Carlos Villanuevapitched 1 inning (21 pitches) Sunday.
Enjoy the game!