Hiroki Kuroda (3-1, 2.08) vs. Esmil Rogers, RHP (0-1, 5.63).
COMMENTS: Dre's heroics capped off a dominant 3-game sweep of the Brewers (more on this later), meaning the Dodgers are riding a 6-game winning streak heading into their next series. Woo hoo!
Yes, I realize in-the-box conventional thinking says the Dodgers dropped 2 of 3 to Milwaukee. But if you take a moment to do the math, it's pretty clear it was a sweep. Let me walk you through it:
- Last weekend, the Dodgers took three in a row against the mighty Pirates, outscoring them by 14 runs, 20-6 (let's ignore the first game of that series, as well as my use of the word "mighty").
- One week before that, those same Pirates dropped three in a row to the Brewers, getting outscored by 35 runs, 36-1.
- So clearly, in the Dodgers' just-concluded Brewers series, they should have been outscored by 35 - 14 = 21 runs. But in reality the Dodgers were only outscored by 9 runs.
- Ergo, over the 3 games, the Dodgers effectively outscored the Brewers by 21 - 9 = 12 runs! In other words, the Dodgers outscored the Brewers by a not-even-close 4 runs per game - a 3-game sweep!!
The numbers don't lie, folks.
But as invincible as the Dodgers may seem, I'd suggest heeding PaRappa the Rapper's wise words at 0:36 as we head into this weekend's series: