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Miley is the perfect player to halt any momentum the Dodgers

Mensaje sin leerpor panxing18 » 22 Abr 2019 19:39

From Milwaukee's perspective , in Games 4 and 5.Miley will have his manager's trust, but don't expect him to last more than six innings given how much Counsell has relied on his bullpen.During his time on the mound, Miley must keep the Los Angeles hitters off balance and allow his teammates to open up an advantage at the dish.If he accomplishes the goal of producing six solid innings, the Brewers should turn to Josh Hader and possibly one or two more relievers to close out the victory.The most important impact left by Miley's quality start will be the rest it hands the bullpen, as we could easily see Counsell utilize a bullpen-heavy platoonin Game 7.Will Dodgers Alter Lineup Again?Dodgers manager Dave Roberts delivered a surprise of his own to start Game 5, as he moved Cody Bellinger to the leadoff spot after he recorded two hits off the bench in Game 4.With Miley once again scheduled to start, it will be interesting to see how Roberts aligns his order, as he put Bellinger at the top of a lineup dominated by right-handed hitters to face the Milwaukee left-hander.Bellinger earned a five-pitch walk in the first inning against Miley and ignited a seventh-inning rally with a double to left field.The versatile 23-year-old did enough in Game 5 to keep his place in the lineup, and it seems likely he will lead off against Miley.However, Roberts could move Chris Taylor back to the leadoff position and drop Bellinger further down the order in an attempt to produce more hits with runners in scoring position.A change similar to the one Roberts made in the fourth inning of Game 5 could be made to start Game 6, but that would mean an extra left-handed bat would be added to the lineup.Bringing in an additional left-handed bat in the form of Joc Pederson might not seem ideal because the 26-year-old holds a .181 career average against southpaws , but the outfielder has three home runs and 5 RBI in 21 at-bats at Miller Park.Jae Hong/Associated PressKeeping Bellinger and adding Pederson would force Max Muncy to the bench and put Taylor at second base to start the contest, with Bellinger and Pederson both hitting behind Manny Machado.Given the stakes of the game and the versatility of his roster, Roberts can change his combination of players on the field at any time. And he will make the tweaks that will benefit the Dodgers.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90. The competition level will drop considerably for the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates when they open a three-game series Monday with a holiday matinee at PNC Park.In addition, the stakes will remain fairly pedestrian between the two National League Central also-rans.Cincinnati (59-78) will be playing the final three games of 16 in a row within the division. The Reds are 4-9 so far in that stretch but got a boost from winning two of three against St. Louis over the weekend, including a 6-4, 10-inning win Sunday.Article continues below ...“This series we played better, and we got a W, we got a series (win),” Eugenio Suarez told Fox Sports Ohio after he hit a winning two-run homer, giving him 100 RBIs.Even with a sweep of this series , the last-place Reds would be hard-pressed to catch the fourth-place Pirates in the division but can continue to build for the future.“We’re trying to turn the page from a terrible August and see if we can play better baseball in September and take that into the offseason and into spring training — just get back to winning baseball,” Cincinnati manager Jim Riggleman said.“We want to win games. We don’t care who the opposition is or whether it’s against any of these three (previous) teams competing for playoff spots. We’re not out there trying to spoil their hopes; we just want to win games for ourselves.”There won’t be much the Reds could spoil for the Pirates anyway.Their carrot would seem to be finishing above .500.Pittsburgh (66-71) was 3-6 on a road trip against Milwaukee, St. Louis and Atlanta, and was 2-5 on a preceding homestand against Atlanta and the Chicago Cubs, making it five straight series against clubs holding a playoff spot.The Pirates are coming off a 5-1 loss Sunday to the Braves.In the series opener, Cincinnati right-hander Matt Harvey (6-7, 4.97 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh righty Trevor Williams (11-9, 3.30 ERA).Williams seemingly is vying for the title of Pirates ace, particularly with his performance since the All-Star break, going 4-2 with a 0.84 ERA in seven starts. Over his past eight starts, he has allowed four runs.Wednesday , Williams pitched six scoreless innings and struck out a career-high eight in Pittsburgh’s 2-0 win at St. Louis.Before his strong stretch, over nine starts he had a 7.02 ERA and competed six innings three times.“It’s fight or flight, really. I didn’t want that to define me this year,” said Williams, who leads Pittsburgh’s starters in ERA and with a 1.19 WHIP. “It was really taking that second half and making the most out of it, where I give our team the best chance to win every five days and execute my pitches and keep the guys in the ballgame.”Against Cincinnati, Williams is 2-1 with a 4.73 ERA in seven career appearances, four of them starts.Harvey is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his past four starts.Wednesday against Milwaukee, he did not get a decision in a 13-12 extra-inning loss. Harvey struck out six and walked none in four innings but gave up five runs and 11 hits.In eight career starts against Pittsburgh, he is 2-6 with a 6.12 ERA.
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