Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 3.73) vs. Kyle Lohse (1-4, 7.28).
The Dodgers celebrate Star Wars Day by rolling into town just as their opponent's manager is leaving town. Ron Roenicke, formerly of the Brewers, is MLB's first managerial firing of the year, after posting a 7-18 record. This should be a walk in the park for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, especially facing a pitcher with a 7.28 ERA, right? The Dodgers couldn't possibly Lohse this one!
But hold your horses: Roenicke's departure could herald the return of the Rat, one of the Dodgers' thorns (news not confirmed as of the time I am writing this GT):
Counsell's OPS+ wasn't statistically aberrant against the Dodgers when he was a player, but gosh it sure seemed that Counsell, that little MSB, always killed us. Perhaps his managerial role won't cast the same shadow. But if not him, there's always that creepy mustache-wearing mascot running around.
Sources: #Brewers hire Counsell.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 4, 2015
At least we can enjoy the wiener races.
UPDATE (12:48p): Brewers officially announce Counsell as manager.
Meanwhile, unlike the Brewers, the Twins are celebrating Star Wars Day in style #hughestheforce (awesome!):
Note: A 5-County Deal is pretty lame, but hey: it could be worse. Bobble Hank the Dog?!