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MLB Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers (21-15) at Milwaukee Brewers (20-15)

LOS ANGELES DODGERS NOTES:

TONIGHT’S STARTER at BREWERS: RHP NOAH SYNDERGAARD (1-3, 6.32 ERA in 6 GS)
2023 SEASON NOTES:

• Earned his first win as a Dodger in his last start April 30, firing 5.1 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs…he is 1-3 on the season with a 6.32 ERA with 21 strikeouts

• Has tossed 6.0 innings in three of his six starts…struck out a season-high nine batters on April 14 vs. the Cubs

• Pitched in five games (four starts) during spring ball, going 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA (12 ER/18.2 IP) with 13 strikeouts against just two walks…held a 1.13 WHIP

VS. BREWERS:
• Has not faced the Brewers since April 27, 2019…fired five innings and gave up 10 hits, five runs, three walks and three walks while sitting down five

• In his career against the Brewers, he owns an overall 2-1 record in 5 games with a 2.76 ERA (9 ER/29.1 IP) and a 1.09 WHIP along with 40 strikeouts and five walk

MILWAUKEE BREWERS NOTES:

TONIGHT’S GAME: Is game 2 (1-0) of a 6-game, 7-day homestand against Los AngelesNL (1-0) and Kansas City (3g)…..following this homestand, the team takes a 6-game, 7-day trip to St. Louis (3g) and Tampa Bay (3g).

IN THE TRAINER’S ROOM: RHP Jason Alexander (right rotator cuff), LHP Aaron Ashby (left labrum), RHP Matt Bush (right rotator cuff), OF Garrett Mitchell (left shoulder), INF Luis Urías (left hamstring), LHP Justin Wilson (left elbow) and RHP Brandon Woodruff (right shoulder) are on the injured list…..Alexander, Ashby, Mitchell, Urías and Wilson are on the 60-day IL.

IN THE STANDINGS (40 days): The Brewers have spent the following number of days alone or tied at each position in the NL Central standings: FIRST: 22, SECOND: 16, THIRD: 2, FOURTH: 0, FIFTH: 0…..the team is currently in second place, trailing the first-place Pirates by half a game…..the team has been in second place for 16 straight days.

SERIES-LY SPEAKING: The Brewers are 6-5-0 in series play.
Game 1: 6-6, Game 2: 7-4, Game 3: 6-5, Game 4: 1-0
Sweep Wins (2): vs. NYM (3g, 4/3-4/5), at SEA (3g, 4/17-4/19)
Sweep Losses (1): at COL (3g, 5/2-5/4)

AT HOME: The Brewers are 10-6 at home, going 3-2-0 in series play…..the team went 46-35 at home last season, going 15-8-4 in series play.
ON THE ROAD: The Brewers are 10-9 on the road, going 3-3-0 in series play…..the team went 40-41 on the road last season, going 9-12-5 in series play.

LET’S GO TO THE VIDEO TAPE: The Brewers have made five replay challenges this season, going 2-3…..their last challenge (won) came on 5/4 at Colorado as a hit by pitch (Charlie Blackmon) was overturned to a foul ball.

TONIGHT’S STARTER: #52 – LHP ERIC LAUER (6gs, 3-3, 4.40)
LAUER AT A GLANCE: Eric Lauer, 27, will be making his seventh start…..Lauer last started last Wednesday at Colorado in a 7-1 loss (4.2ip, 4h, 4r, 0er, 4bb, 6k, 84 pitches)….. he has 2 quality starts…..opponents are batting .277 (33-for-119, 6hr)…..Lauer was acquired from San Diego, along with INF Luis Urías and a player to be named or cash, in exchange for RHP Zach Davies and OF Trent Grisham on 11/27/19 (trade completed on 5/27/20 – cash).

LAST SEASON: Lauer went 11-7 with a 3.69 ERA in 29 starts last season…..the team went 17-12 in his starts…..he posted career highs in starts (29-tied), wins (11), innings pitched (158.2), strikeouts (157) and quality starts (13)…..he held opponents to a .228 batting average…..Lauer was on the 15-day injured list from 9/10-9/22 with left elbow inflammation…..he came back to end the season with 12.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

CAREER: Is 35-34 with a 4.12 ERA in 116 games/109 starts (580.2ip, 266er)…..is in his sixth Major League season with San Diego (2018-19) and Milwaukee (2020-23)…..was the Padres’ Opening Day starter in 2019…..Lauer was selected by San Diego in the first round (25th overall) of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Kent State University.

CAREER AT AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD: Is 11-9 with a 3.89 ERA in 30 games/29 starts (157.1ip, 68er)…..is 0-2 with a 12.86 ERA in 2 starts this season (7ip, 10er)…..went 6-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 13 starts last season (77.1ip, 22er)…..

CAREER ON THE ROAD: Is 17-17 with a 4.57 ERA in 59 games/54 starts (285.2ip, 145er)…..is 3-1 with a 1.90 ERA in 4 starts this season (23.2ip, 5er)…..went 5-5 with a 4.76 ERA in 16 starts last season (81.1ip, 43er).

CAREER vs. DODGERS: Is 7-1 with a 2.37 ERA in 11 starts (64.2ip, 17er), including 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 2 starts last season (12ip, 2er)

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