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Tonight's Matchup: Brewers (Burgos) @ Dodgers (Beckett)

Open your weekend by watching the Brewers open a series with baseball's most expensive team.

Mike McGinnis
11-9 (4th place, NL Central)
10-11 (4th place, NL West)

GAME 1: April 26, 2013 @ 9:10 p.m. CDT
(TV: FS-Wisconsin; Radio: 620 WTMJ)

: April 27, 2013 @ 9:10 p.m. CDT
(TV: FS-Wisconsin and MLB Network; Radio: 620 WTMJ)

GAME 3: April 28, 2013 @ 3:10 p.m. CDT
(TV: FS-Wisconsin; Radio: 620 WTMJ)

Dodger Stadium | Los Angeles, California

A View from the Other Dugout: True Blue LA

Game 1 Hiram Burgos (1-0, 1.80) vs. Josh Beckett (0-3, 4.68)
vs. Dodgers (0-0, ---) vs. Brewers (0-0, ---)
Game 2 Wily Peralta (1-1, 5.16) vs. Stephen Fife (0-0, 7.71)
vs. Dodgers (0-0, ---) vs. Brewers (0-0, ---)
Game 3 Kyle Lohse (1-1, 2.52)
vs. Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 2.14)
vs. Dodgers (0-0, ---)
vs. Brewers (0-0, ---)

The Brewers haven't had a winning record on the road since 2008, when they went 41-40 en route to the playoffs. They're 4-4 away from Miller Park so far in 2013.

They'll get a chance to improve that mark to 5-4 tonight when they take on Josh Beckett (4.68/5.24 ERA/FIP) and the Dodgers. Beckett got roughed up on his way to a loss against the Orioles on Saturday, allowing six runs on eight hits over 5.21 innings of work. He threw 108 pitches in that game for the first time since last April.

Beckett has allowed 13 earned runs in 2013, largely as a result of the six home runs he's given up. He's allowed the opposing team to go deep multiple times in three of his four starts this season. The Dodgers are also averaging just 1.75 runs of support in his starts, which is a big part of the reason they're 0-4 with him on the mound. He'll throw a low-90's fastball with a steady collection of cutters, curves and changeups.

Beckett hasn't faced the Brewers since 2008, but Yuniesky Betancourt has seen him 17 times before and is hitting .438/.471/.813 against him.

He'll face Hiram Burgos (1.80/2.60 ERA/FIP in 2013, 2.70/5.18 in AAA), whose first major league start was good enough to earn him a second. Burgos pitched five innings against the Cubs on Saturday, allowing a single run on five hits with a strikeout and no walks. He only needed 83 pitches to get through that outing.

Now that we've seen Burgos in the majors, we can take an initial glance at his stuff. His fastball sits around 90 and on Saturday he complimented it with a mix of about 25% changeups and 20% curves. 17 of the 23 changeups he threw on Saturday were strikes, and so were 68% of the curves.

Burgos, obviously, hasn't faced the Dodgers before.

Here are tonight's lineups:

Order Brewers Pos @ Dodgers Pos
1 Norichika Aoki RF Carl Crawford LF
2 Jean Segura SS Mark Ellis 2B
3 Ryan Braun LF Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4 Jonathan Lucroy C Matt Kemp CF
5 Rickie Weeks 2B Andre Ethier RF
6 Carlos Gomez CF A.J. Ellis C
7 Yuniesky Betancourt 3B Juan Uribe 3B
8 Alex Gonzalez 1B Justin Sellers SS
9 Hiram Burgos P Josh Beckett P

And in the bullpen:

  • Michael Gonzalez pitched .2 innings (9 pitches) on Wednesday.
  • Tom Gorzelanny pitched .2 innings (4 pitches) on Wednesday.
  • Burke Badenhop pitched 1. innings (2 pitches) on Wednesday.
  • Jimmy Henderson and John Axford last pitched on Tuesday.
  • Alfredo Figaro and Brandon Kintzler last pitched on Monday.
The weather remains a non-issue on this trip. Expect a game-time temperature in the low 60's tonight to remain steady through the game.

Enjoy the game!