Brewers @ Dodgers April 26, 2013: Burgos vs Beckett

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150As I think most of you know, my life revolves around baseball far, far too much, so it’s rare when a player pops up who I can say I know almost nothing about. With that in mind, I present to you Hiram Burgos, who is apparently not only a major baseball player, but is starting for the Brewers tonight in Los Angeles.

The 25-year-old righty was Milwaukee’s 2012 minor league pitcher of the year, but didn’t crack the top 10 Brewer prospects at either Baseball Prospectus or FanGraphs, which should tell you something about his status.

When he was called up last week to replace Mike Fiers and make his debut, John Sickels of Minor League Ball had this to say:

Brewers
Dodgers
RF
Aoki
LF
Crawford
SS
Segura
2B
M.Ellis
LF
Braun
1B
Gonzalez
C
Lucroy
CF
Kemp
2B
Weeks
RF
Ethier
CF
Gomez
C
A.Ellis
3B
Betancourt
3B
Uribe
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Sellers
P
Burgos
P
Beckett

He wasn’t on the radar as anything more than an organization arm entering ’12. Overall last year, Burgos went 10-4 with a 1.95 ERA and a 153/49 K/BB ratio in 170 innings.

Burgos is a 6-1, 210 pound right-hander, born August 4, 1987 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. As you may surmise given the combination of great statistics with little press attention, he doesn’t have exceptional velocity, working at 88-91 MPH. The fastball plays up, however, due to the contrast with his wide array of secondary pitches. He has a very good curveball, but also uses a changeup, cutter, and traditional slider. His pitching patterns aren’t predictable and he does a good job keeping hitters off-balance.

I know it feels like the Dodgers always have a tough time with new pitchers, so I looked it up. Since 1993, the Dodgers have faced 69 pitchers making one of their first two career starts, and they’ve won 36 of those games. Feels like that should be higher. Or lower, depending on how you look at it.

For the sixth game in a row, Luis Cruz rides the bench, as everyone’s favorite walk machine Juan Uribe gets another start at third base. Just try to imagine that sentence — all of it — last September, won’t you? Then again, it could be worse: with Aramis Ramirez & Corey Hart both injured, the Brewers start Yuniesky Betancourt & Alex Gonzalez at the infield corners. Eesh.

Fri 10/11Sat 10/12Sun 10/13Mon 10/14Tues 10/15Wed 10/16Thurs 10/17
RR. Belisario9105
LJ.P. Howell152026
RK. Jansen51626
RC. Marmol26
RB. Wilson281411
RC. Withrow2544
RE. Volquez
950 comments
LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Whew. BIG NASTY REDHEAD!

JackedNate
JackedNate

But League only gave up one hit...

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

REALLY?!?!??! Oh, good. Sometimes it's OK being a past person!

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

I really hope Donnie rethinks League as the closer after tonight.

KMT59
KMT59

Ball Game...Looks Like Cruz is hurt himself during the game,

MEllis out, tough loss for the "W"

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

C'MON YOU BUMS. WRAP THIS  SUCKER UP.

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Seriously, League's whatever the hell that was was way worse than the other three errors.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i have my back to the tv right now. this is painful. 

Angry Soviet
Angry Soviet

Maybe Gasol or Howard they'll be available soon!

baeksu
baeksu

@Omer Who else?  Jansen hasn't been better this year.

JackedNate
JackedNate

@Disgruntled Goat #provencloserlosesjobasclosergetstradedtosetupcloserhasheartissuesisnowcloserforwhateverreasonmoneymoneymoney