Spring Training Preview: Brandon McCarthy Makes Start Vs. Brewers

Jon Soo Hoo-Los Angeles Dodgers
Jon Soo Hoo-Los Angeles Dodgers

Two days after a Los Angeles Dodgers split-squad team powered their way past the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale, Ariz., the clubs meet at Camelback Ranch for the final time this spring. The Dodgers enter the game 3-1-1, whereas the Brewers are looking for their first win after three games.

Taking the mound and making his Spring Training debut for the Dodgers is offseason signee Brandon McCarthy. The right-hander is coming off a year with mixed results, though he showed dramatic improvement after being traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the New York Yankees.

Over his career, McCarthy has made just two regular-season starts against the Brewers, is without a decision and holds a 3.00 ERA. As other starters have, McCarthy is expected to throw two innings and he’ll be followed by a slew of relievers including, Adam Liberatore and Juan Nicasio.

Starting opposite McCarthy is Mike Fiers, who is a career 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA against the Dodgers. Fiers made his first start of the 2014 season against the Dodgers on Aug. 9 and allowed just one run over eight innings to earn the win.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly continues to give players a day off after two days in action, which means there’s a mix of regular starters and players who are expected to come off the bench in Sunday’s lineup. With Adrian Gonzalez among the players receiving a day of rest, Yasiel Puig will bat third.

Dodgers Lineup:

3B: Kiké Hernandez

C: A.J. Ellis

RF: Yasiel Puig

2B: Justin Turner

1B: Scott Van Slyke

CF: Joc Pederson

LF: Chris Heisey

DH: Scott Schebler

SS: Darwin Barney

P: Brandon McCarthy

Brewers Lineup:

3B: Elian Herrera

RF: Gerardo Parra

CF: Carlos Gomez

LF: Khris Davis

C: Martin Maldonado

1B: Luis Jimenez

2B: Hector Gomez

DH: Hunter Morris

SS: Luis Sardiñas

P: Mike Fiers


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